Horus Gilgamesh is a pen name for the author of The Awkward Moments Children’s Bible. Which is really not for children. It features beautiful illustrations of the most disturbing biblical passages you’re ever read. Volume 2 came out recently and I suspect we’ll be seeing more volumes in the future because, well, there’s so much source material.
Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies — yes, secular studies — at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is the author of several books about atheism, including Society Without God and Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion. His latest book is called Living the Secular Life.
We spoke with Phil about whether the rise of the “Unaffiliated” has hit its peak, why more atheists have come out of the closet over the past decade, and why that demographic shift is good for America.
Steve Wells is the author of the amazing Skeptics Annotated Bible, which documents all the contradictions and horrible things the Bible says. It’s one of the most useful websites for atheists I have ever seen and you can check it out at skepticsannotatedbible.com. The print version of the book is a must-have. Wells is also the author of Drunk with Blood, which documents all of God’s killings in the Bible. His newest book is called Strange Flesh, and it’s about how the Bible is used to justify anti-gay bigotry or, depending on who you talk to, support LGBT rights.
We spoke with Steve about his time in seminary, how one documents the number of deaths during an imaginary flood, and how Christian LGBT-rights advocate Matthew Vines gets it wrong.
Dan Arel has written articles about religion, science, and politics for websites like Salon, AlterNet, and the Huffington Post. His first book, called Parenting Without God, was released in August.
We spoke with Dan about how his religious teacher used to fast-forward through science videos, what it was like growing up in a Pentecostal Christian home, and why it’s important to discuss parenting without religion.