A Survivor’s Conversation with Christianity

[An earlier version of this article appeared on the website No Longer Quivering] SIX years ago I sent a letter to the husband-and-wife authors of a well-known Christian parenting guide. Criticized for its emphasis on corporal punishment and for being circumstantially linked to at least two child-abuse deaths, their book has nevertheless attracted a faithful […]

Ten Secular Non-Commandments

M Dolon Hickmon reviews Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the 21st Century by Lex Bayer and John Figdor. Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart (2014, Rowman & Littlefield) attempts to answer two questions: “What should one believe after abandoning faith?” and “What are the positive principles of atheism?” The authors’ solution to both […]

Deacon jailed for abusing boys

Reverend Alan Morris, 64, kept a disturbing ‘bag of implements’ – including a leather strap, a cane and a wooden spoon – in his chemistry lab at an all-boys grammar school. The Manchester Evening News has reported that school teacher and church deacon Alan Morris has been jailed for nine years for  abusing ten boys […]

Review: Parenting Without God

Parenting Without God by Dan Arel preaches to the choir of atheist parents Parenting Without God (2014, Dangerous Little Books) is the highly anticipated first book by Dan Arel, a secular firebrand best known for his science reporting and op-ed pieces on secular parenting, humanist values, and church/state separation. In addition to writing freelance for […]

Blood, Bibles and Videotapes

Exposing an ancient system of psychological coercion My parents were converted to the Baptist brand of fire-and-brimstone Christianity in the late 1970s. Consequently, my own religious indoctrination took place roughly in time with the rise and peak of the 1980s slasher-film frenzy. Having been younger than age ten during that time, I was sensibly prevented […]