Greta Speaking in Austin, TX September 24 – ACA Bat Cruise!

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I’m speaking this Saturday, September 24, in Austin, TX — as a precursor to the Atheist Community of Austin’s bat cruise! Every year, the ACA takes a cruise on a double-decker boat, ending at the Congress bridge to watch the bats emerge. Before the cruise, they have a guest speaker give a talk — and this year, it’s me! Rebecca Vitsmun will be there as well, receiving the ACA’s first inaugural Impact Atheist award. The bat cruise costs money ($30 for adults 13+, $10 for kids 5-12, $.01 for tots 0-4), but the pre-cruise talk is free and open to the public. You can do one or the other, or you can do both. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope to see you there!

CITY: Austin, TX
DATE: Saturday, September 24
TIME: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (bat cruise departs at 6:00)
TOPIC: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
SUMMARY: So you don’t believe in God. Now what? The way we deal with life can change dramatically when we stop believing in gods, souls, and afterlives. When we leave religion — or if we never had it in the first place — where do we go? How do we deal with love and sex, pleasure and death, reality and making stuff up? How do we decide on our values, and how do we live them?
LOCATION: Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78751
HOST: Atheist Community of Austin
COST: Free, and open to the public
EVENT URL:
https://www.facebook.com/events/309151122795013/ (talk)
https://www.facebook.com/events/646076492214347/ (bat cruise)

Greta Speaking in Austin, TX September 24 – ACA Bat Cruise!
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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!

“As valuable to the brand new atheist as it is the longtime atheist”: Dan Arel on The Way of the Heathen

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“The Way of the Heathen opens the doors to a new way of thinking post-faith but stands as a book that is as valuable to the brand new atheist as it is the longtime atheist.

“This is the type of book that leaves me feeling proud to be an atheist and proud to be a part of a community that produces such works that work to improve the betterment of not just oneself, but society as a whole.”
-Dan Arel, author, Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical and Intelligent Children, Free from Religious Dogma

Some people I like and respect greatly have said some really nice things about my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Dan Arel has written a review of the book on his blog at the Patheos Atheist channel, Danthropology. You can read the full review here. Thanks, Dan!

The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and 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!

“As valuable to the brand new atheist as it is the longtime atheist”: Dan Arel on The Way of the Heathen

“What’s great is that Christina doesn’t tell the reader exactly what to think”: Zack Ford on The Way of the Heathen

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Some people I like and respect greatly have said some really nice things about my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Here’s the blurb from Zack Ford:

“If Richard Dawkins is best known for helping people figure out that they are atheists, Greta Christina is the community’s leader who holds their hand from that point forward. Following up on her thorough guide on Coming Out Atheist, she now offers an exploration of how to take that secular identity and apply it throughout a person’s life. The Way of the Heathen covers everything from a person’s day-to-day experiences and interpersonal interactions to the universe’s big questions and the most vexing moral, political, and social justice issues facing 21st Century society. What’s great is that Christina doesn’t tell the reader exactly what to think, but offers a convincing perspective from which to orient their own positions. This is the perfect book for anyone who has gotten a taste of skepticism and now hungers to make even more meaning out of their brief existence — despite living in a world that privileges religious beliefs and practices.”
-Zack Ford, LGBT Editor, ThinkProgress.org

The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and 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!

“What’s great is that Christina doesn’t tell the reader exactly what to think”: Zack Ford on The Way of the Heathen

“Written with clarity and humor”: Jennifer Michael Hecht on The Way of the Heathen

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Some people I like and respect greatly have said some really nice things about my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Here’s the blurb from Jennifer Michael Hecht:

“If you are a newcomer to atheism in America in the twenty-first century you will be glad to spend time with Greta Christina in her new book The Way of the Heathen. Written with clarity and humor, the book tours some of the key issues facing someone who has recently emerged from a life defined by Christian belief. Christina roots her exploration in her own experience of awakening from religious dogma, and her candor is one of the particularly strong aspects of this much-needed work.”
-Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History

The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and 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!

“Written with clarity and humor”: Jennifer Michael Hecht on The Way of the Heathen

Greta’s Podcast Interview on “The Humanist Hour”

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Attention, podcast fans! I recently did an interview with The Humanist Hour, the official broadcast of the American Humanist Association.

I talk with Peggy Knudtson and Jenn Wilson about who my real atheist heroes are; why it’s such a strange thing to have to defend social justice; why writing about death and suffering is sometimes more rewarding than writing about fun subjects like sex; the progression many nonbelievers go through with our nonbelief; how humanism can shape our relationship with nature; how to decide which ideas to revisit and which ones we’ve questioned enough; how The Simpsons has shaped my philosophy of life; and more. Check it out!

Greta’s Podcast Interview on “The Humanist Hour”

“Whether you’re a baby atheist or a secular elder”: Adam Lee on The Way of the Heathen

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Some people I like and respect greatly have said some really nice things about my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Here’s the blurb from Adam Lee:

“Whether it’s politics, sex or Morris dancing, Greta Christina has the answers you’ve been searching for and the ones you didn’t know you needed. She offers a succinct guide to life as a nonbeliever, describing all the joys and all the trials you’re likely to face, from the mundane to the cosmic, and gives her patented and pithy wisdom on what to do when you’re in the midst of them. Whether you’re a baby atheist or a secular elder, you’ll find something here to amuse, enlighten, or change the way you think.”
-Adam Lee, author of Daylight Atheism and the Daylight Atheism blog

The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and 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!

“Whether you’re a baby atheist or a secular elder”: Adam Lee on The Way of the Heathen

Greta’s Podcast Interview with Chris Johnson at “A Better Life”

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I did a podcast interview with photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson, creator of the book and the film A Better Life.

We talk about the strange circumstances in which he and I met; how skepticism can help us cope with hard times; whether arguing about religion is valuable; the stages many atheists go through when they leave religion; how writing my new book (The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life) shaped my thinking about atheism; how my ideas about critiquing and mocking religion have changed over the years; why social justice is important for organized atheism; why the “mission drift” argument against intersectionality is bullshit — and who gets to define the mission in the first place; how atheist organizing is becoming decentralized; what I would say to myself if I could go back in time to when I first became an atheist (especially about mortality); and more. Check it out!

Greta’s Podcast Interview with Chris Johnson at “A Better Life”

“Loved it”: Bill on The Way of the Heathen

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I got a really nice comment from a reader, Bill Dauphin, about my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. I’m sharing it here with his permission.

“Finished listening to TWotH on my car trip home from DC Sunday. Loved it. Just to pick out one thing, I thought the analogy between sex and music was brilliant, one of those things that makes you say, ‘I never thought of it that way before, but now it seems so obvious!'”

Thanks, Bill! To others who have read/ listened to my book, I’d love to know what you think of it.

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!

“Loved it”: Bill on The Way of the Heathen

14,000 Twitter Followers!

Exciting benchmark! I now have over 14,000 followers on Twitter!

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Whenever I have one of these “rolling over of the zeroes” moments, I think about how different our lives would be if we had eight or twelve fingers instead of ten. They’re kind of arbitrary. Fun anyway, though. You can be one of the cool kids — follow me on Twitter, at @GretaChristina!

14,000 Twitter Followers!