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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Freethought House (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615598579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615598574
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty-six Minnesotans share their paths to Atheism in topics involving Life as an Atheist; Coming Out as an Atheist; Letting Go of Faith; and Ethics and Action. The voices are as varied as the speakers in this intriguing exploration of atheism; to be one, to profess one is one, and living as one. It might not occur to a religious believer the difficulties of a young--or older--person who realizes that his or her personal way of living does not mesh with those of their families who may be strong believers in a god or who make church or synagogue attendance a key part of their lives. How, their family or friends ask, can atheists live whole and ethical lives? Read Atheist Voices and learn. --Lavender Magazine

Atheist Voices of Minnesota is highly recommended reading for anyone seeking an alternative to the irrational and the superstitions, or who wants to simply know more about what it is like to be an atheist. --Midwest Book Review

From the moment I started reading, I was totally absorbed by the 36 individual narratives of the backgrounds and journeys of these people ... Many of the narratives will touch your soul. How about a story that contrasts giving birth first as a Jehovah s witness and later as an atheist? Or those recounting the details of the agonies one goes through coming out as an atheist. There is even one about spending years researching ghosts only to realize the futility of the quest. Another about growing up with Channelers! ... This is a book that you will not only enjoy, but want to give (or lend) to friends, family and acquaintances. Dont miss it. --Humanists of Minnesota News and Views

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Atheist Voices of Minnesota authors: Norman Barrett Wiik, Elizabeth Becker, Kenneth Bellew, Ryan Benson, August Berkshire, Donald L. Boese, Ryan Bolin, Jill Carlson, Justin M. Chase, Greta Christina, Linda Davis, Andrew Downs, Shannon Drury, Anthony Faust, Paul Gramstad, Mike Haubrich, Kori Hennessy, Peter N. Holste, Michelle M. Huber, Eric Jayne, George Kane, Greg Laden, Bill Lehto, M. A. Melby, PZ Myers, Robin Raianiemi, Rohit Ravindran, Jason Schoenack, Kim Socha, Chris Stedman, Elizabeth Stiras, Todd N. Torkelson, Timothy Wick, Rob Young, James Zimmerman, Jennifer Zimmerman, Stephanie Zvan

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Layne Vickers Smith on August 6, 2012
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You don't have to be from Minnesota to respond to these voices--nor do you have to be an atheist. The essays are as varied as the personal experiences, but all are well-written and well-edited. Each author has something valuable to contribute.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Bellew on August 12, 2012
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My wife and I appreciated the variety of stories, and we enjoyed getting to know the authors.

I hope more states do this!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Zvan on October 17, 2012
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I'm going to be gauche and review a book in which my writing appears.

I won't tell you how good this book is. That isn't because I don't think it's remarkably good. That's because I don't expect you to believe I'm anything but biased. Also because there are plenty of people who aren't in the book who are willing to gush over it. Listen to them. They're right.

What I will tell you instead is that this is an important book. This I say despite my bias for my own work. Truth be told, it would probably be a more important book if I weren't in it, or any of the "big" names in atheist writing. Why? Because much of the value of the book comes from hearing from people who aren't the "normal" faces and voices of atheism.

Who do you hear from instead? This book collects 36 essays from people whose commonalities are limited to atheism and having a connection to Minnesota. Many of the people in the book come from somewhere other than Minnesota, and they can compare how different parts of our world see atheism. Some of them have left Minnesota after growing up here, including Greta, who has posted her foreword for all to read.

Some of the contributors can make you feel the wind across their prairies. Others pull you into their cities or their traditional family life in the suburbs. One contributor came to atheism through skepticism, while another is far more atheist than skeptic. One is using his essay here to come out, while others never had religion. One even grew up surrounded by atheist activists when such activism was a much harder thing.

There are former Catholics and Protestants and Jehovah's Witnesses. One writer grew up in a New Age cult. Some feel freed by losing their religion, while others regret the lack of an emotional prop.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David A. Orr on August 13, 2012
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The word "atheist" carries such negative feelings with it that it can seem impossible to imagine a day when those of us with no religious belief will be able to openly speak of it without worrying about the reaction. So we must be brave enough to speak now, opening peoples' minds to the idea that maybe we aren't evil after all. This collection's strength is that it is comprised of the personal stories of honest, decent, thoughtful people. I found it to be clearly written and structured, touching, and often funny. This is definitely the sort of book that should be shared among non-believers, people of faith, and people on the fence.
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