“To give itself pleasure”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"We aren't just a way for the universe to know itself. We are a way for the universe to give itself pleasure."

“We aren’t just a way for the universe to know itself. We are a way for the universe to give itself pleasure.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 50, “To Give Itself Pleasure: An Atheist View of Sexual Transcendence”)

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I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

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The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“To give itself pleasure”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen
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Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland August 18 – Parlor Games!

Godless Perverts Social Club Parlor Games

Godless Perverts are having a Social Club in our wonderful downtown Oakland location on Thursday, August 18. And we’re doing something new this time! Our game nights in San Francisco are among our most popular events — but our meetup space in Oakland doesn’t work for tabletop games. So we’re having Parlor Games Night!

We’ve compiled a list of games that can be played sitting in one place, with no equipment other than paper and pen (which we’ll provide). And some games don’t even need that! Just people, words, and brains. Scroll to the end of this announcement to see a list of games, with brief summaries — or just click here. And if you have favorites that aren’t listed, please let us know! Continue reading “Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland August 18 – Parlor Games!”

Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland August 18 – Parlor Games!

Greta’s Podcast Interview with “Geeks Without God” Podcast!

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Podcast fans — I did a podcast interview with the “Geeks Without God” podcast! We had some fun conversation, some serious conversation, and a lot of conversation that was both.

We talked about how life can be different for believers and atheists; how accepting atheism leads to other conclusions; similarities between coming out as TBLG and coming out atheist; how atheism can actually make it easier to cope with suffering and depression; the value of mocking religion (and how to do it without being an asshole); drawing a line between critiquing religious institutions and religious people (and why that’s sometimes difficult); thinking of evil as things we do rather than a substance we’re tainted with; how skepticism can be applied to political and social issues; and more. And we talked about the “Geeks Without God” classic five questions: what movie I will stop and watch any time it’s on; my geekiest or most prized possession; what deity or mythological figure do I wish were real; if religion were gone, what is the biggest problem facing humanity; and my favorite quote. Check it out!

Greta’s Podcast Interview with “Geeks Without God” Podcast!

“I’m trying to notice the world”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"I'm trying to notice the world around me, connect with it, and let it in. And prioritizing what's true over what I want to be true is an essential part of that practice."

“I’m trying to notice the world around me, connect with it, and let it in. And prioritizing what’s true over what I want to be true is an essential part of that practice.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 2, “Skepticism as a Discipline”)

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I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“I’m trying to notice the world”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

“The fact that religion is unverifiable”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"The fact that religion is unverifiable is one of the most devastating arguments against it."

“The fact that religion is unverifiable is one of the most devastating arguments against it.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 38, “Is It Okay to Persuade Believers Out of Religion?”)

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I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“The fact that religion is unverifiable”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

“I have to deal with it as best I can”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"When I look at the idea that life sucks and I have to deal with it as best I can, and compare it with the idea that an immensely powerful being is fucking with me on purpose and won't tell me why, I find the first idea far more comforting."

“When I look at the idea that life sucks and I have to deal with it as best I can, and compare it with the idea that an immensely powerful being is fucking with me on purpose and won’t tell me why, I find the first idea far more comforting.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 32, “Atheism in a Shitstorm”)

(Image description: above text, juxtaposed next to image of silhouetted tree at sunset.)

I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“I have to deal with it as best I can”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

“I don’t want to live this day as if it were my last”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"I don't want to live this day as if it were my last. I want to live this life as if it were my last."

“I don’t want to live this day as if it were my last. I want to live this life as if it were my last.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 8: “Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last”)

(Image description: above text, juxtaposed next to image of two silhouetted people, one pointing, looking at ocean horizon.)

I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“I don’t want to live this day as if it were my last”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland, July 21! Discussion Topic: Secular Sexual Ethics

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Godless Perverts is having a Social Club in our wonderful downtown Oakland location on Thursday, July 21! Our discussion topic for this evening: Secular Sexual Ethics. When we move away from religious sexual ethics, what do we replace them with? How do we work towards sexual liberation while respecting people’s sexual boundaries? In public spaces and with private individuals, where are the lines between legitimate sexual expression and invasiveness or harassment? How can sex-positive advocates respond to the epidemic of sexual misconduct, in organized atheism and elsewhere?

The Social Club will be on Thursday, July 21, 7-9 pm, at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe, 1805 Telegraph Avenue, next to the Fox Theater (and right near the 19th St. Oakland BART station). Rudy’s Can’t Fail is a fun, friendly space that serves meals, small bites, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, and desserts. We’re meeting in the back room/ dining car, which is ridiculously cute: the dining car has somewhat limited space, probably enough for all of us, but it’s a good idea to arrive on time if you want to be sure to get a seat. Admission is free, although we do ask that you buy food and/or drink at the venue if you can. The Oakland Social Clubs are on the third Thursday of the month (First Tuesdays are still in San Francisco at Wicked Grounds.) Continue reading “Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland, July 21! Discussion Topic: Secular Sexual Ethics”

Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland, July 21! Discussion Topic: Secular Sexual Ethics

“Intuition can be a powerful tool”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"Intuition can be a powerful tool for making leaps and seeing possibilities we couldn’t otherwise have imagined. It can also be a powerful tool for making damn fools of ourselves."

“Intuition can be a powerful tool for making leaps and seeing possibilities we couldn’t otherwise have imagined. It can also be a powerful tool for making damn fools of ourselves.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 3: “The Uses of Irrationality, and its Limitations”)

(Image description: above text, juxtaposed next to image of a person in clownface with a serious expression.)

I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

“Intuition can be a powerful tool”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

Please Help NJ Grigson of Grief Beyond Belief Battle Breast Cancer

NJ Grigson

Please help NJ Grigson of Grief Beyond Belief battle breast cancer.

You may not know the name NJ Grigson, but if you know Grief Beyond Belief, you know the work she has done for the secular community. In July 2012, NJ, herself grieving the death of her teenage son, volunteered to moderate GBB and maintain a space for grief support without religion or woo when the founder (Rebecca Hensler) took her first vacation. Since then, she has never wavered in her commitment to the community. She co-founded GBB’s closed group and shared the burden of vetting members for months, until a team of moderators volunteered.

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In 2013, when GBB came under attack from an evangelist who spammed the page multiple times a day, NJ shared the 24-hour-a-day task of protecting the page, and withstood ongoing abuse and harassment without ever losing her cool. She just kept moderating with kindness and compassion. She never fails to comfort a new community member, firmly enforce limits, refer a grieving nonbeliever to the resources they need, or defend the community like a tiger.

Last November, NJ was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery in December, chemo in February and March, and radiation treatment since May. It has taken a lot out of her in pain and fatigue and depression. And yet she faces her days with humor, courage and her trademark bluntness, and never wavers in her work with GBB.

In typical NJ fashion, she has been trying to go it on her own, supporting herself with just practical help from friends all through her cancer treatment. But a rise in her rent and increased heating bills this (Australian) winter have put her in dire straits. So she has finally acquiesced to Rebecca’s request to start a fundraiser for her.

If you believe in the work done at Grief Beyond Belief, if NJ’s efforts have benefited you or someone you love, please consider donating whatever you can to this fundraiser, whether it is $20 or $200. Thank you.

Please Help NJ Grigson of Grief Beyond Belief Battle Breast Cancer