Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Google eBook)

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Beacon Press, Nov 6, 2012 - Religion - 208 pages
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The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious

The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully.
 
Becoming aware of injustice, and craving community, Stedman became a “born-again” Christian in late childhood. The idea of a community bound by God’s love—a love that was undeserved, unending, and guaranteed—captivated him. It was, he writes, a place to belong and a framework for making sense of suffering.
 
But Stedman’s religious community did not embody this idea of God’s love: they were staunchly homophobic at a time when he was slowly coming to realize that he was gay. The great suffering this caused him might have turned Stedman into a life-long New Atheist. But over time he came to know more open-minded Christians, and his interest in service work brought him into contact with people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. His own religious beliefs might have fallen away, but his desire to change the world for the better remained. Disdain and hostility toward religion was holding him back from engaging in meaningful work with people of faith. And it was keeping him from full relationships with them—the kinds of relationships that break down intolerance and improve the world.
 
In Faitheist, Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities, his academic study of religion, and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all agree on—a better place.
 


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Review: Faitheist: How An Atheist Found Common Ground With The Religious

User Review  - Anderson Marsh - Goodreads

I'd been looking forward to reading Stedman's book since i heard about it, i was not disappointed by it. Stedman's work thus far is amazing his ability to walk with people from all walks of life and ... Read full review

Review: Faitheist: How An Atheist Found Common Ground With The Religious

User Review  - Robb Bridson - Goodreads

Out of the prominent atheistic thinkers out there today, I think Chris Stedman is probably the one who has the best plan for the future of organized Humanism. I only wish the book spent more time ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword Eboo Patel 1 Theres Nothing Worse Than a Faitheist
Starting Secular Seeking Substance
Conversion and Confusion
Losing and Finding My Religion
Saying Goodbye to
Putting MyMoney Where OtherPeoples MouthsAre 7 In Search of the Secular Soul
Fact or Friction Engage or Enrage
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Chris Stedman is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, the emeritus managing director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and the founder of the first blog dedicated to exploring atheist-interfaith engagement, NonProphet Status. Stedman writes for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, and Religion Dispatches. He lives in Boston.




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