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Atheists have turned a corner in public visibility in recent years, but they nevertheless remain one of America's most misunderstood and mistrusted groups of people. Atheist Voices of Minnesota attempts to address these preconceptions by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal and unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse. This coll ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Freethought House (first published August 5th 2012)
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Jeff
Mar 01, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
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A nice collection of essays from a diverse group of atheist Minnesotans, divided in to four parts: Life as an Atheist, Coming Out, Letting Go of Faith, and Ethics and Action. It was a nice change of pace to read a book from the point of view of everyday people and not celebrities (although there is nothing wrong with the books by well-know nonbelievers). It was interesting to me to read others tell of their trip away from faith and the supernatural after being indoctrinated at birth, and this bo ...more
Ariana
Mar 25, 2013 Ariana rated it it was ok
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As an atheist, I picked this up hoping to see something I identified with as well as some new ideas. I kind of got both, but it was still unsatisfying.

I think maybe I was hoping for answers, the way that religious people are hoping for answers when they turn to their sacred texts. But atheists have belief systems that vary as widely as the belief systems of religious people. It is the lack of a framework that makes being an atheist just as frustrating as it is liberating, I think. Being an athe
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Russell
Apr 07, 2013 Russell rated it it was amazing
This book is unique as compared with the typical books on atheism. This isn't one person spouting their philosophy or antireligious rhetoric: this is a collection of personal, real-life experiences of everyday people: some funny, some touching, some inspiring, and some challenging. There needs to be more of this sort of thing.
Jill
Sep 10, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
This book was honest, funny and compelling. Every author had a new story and I was impressed with the diversity of talent. I happen to be a Minnesotan, but readers around the world will easily relate to these poignant short stories. Highly recommended.
Paulette
Jan 05, 2013 Paulette rated it it was amazing
Very, very interesting personal stories from lots of different backgrounds.
It's important that atheists can "come out" and be accepted as valuable people with their own personal beliefs, different from religious beliefs. They are as moral or immoral as religious folks.
Leah
Apr 16, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
A collection of essays by Minnesota atheists on various topics, mostly centered around how they came to atheism or how it informs their lives. Varying quality, but by and large they are very well-written, compelling little stories.
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Nice to read a book with writings from people I have met. At least a few I have met.
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Paul Zachary Myers is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the science blog Pharyngula. He is currently an associate professor of biology at UMM, works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and also cultivates an interest in cephalopods. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notab ...more
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