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Greta Christina

Author's details

Name: Greta Christina
Date registered: August 23, 2011

Biography

Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is author of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and of Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, and is editor of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients. She has been a public speaker for many years, and is on the speaker's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance. Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, and Skeptical Inquirer, and numerous anthologies, including "Everything You Know About God Is Wrong" and three volumes of "Best American Erotica." She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid. You can email her at gcgreta (at) doubtfulpalace (dot) com, and follow her on Twitter at @GretaChristina .

Latest posts

  1. Are Addicts and the Mentally Ill Responsible for Their Behavior? — April 18, 2014
  2. “Some people need help leaving closets, she posits”: Digital Cuttlefish’s Verse About “Coming Out Atheist”! — April 18, 2014
  3. Podcast Interviews with Phil Ferguson at “Skeptic Money” and the Matthew Filipowicz Show! — April 18, 2014
  4. “How harshly should we judge the Church?” — April 18, 2014
  5. “Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists”: Religion News Service Story on “Coming Out Atheist” — April 17, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Atheists and Anger — 1,897 comments
  2. Why “Yes, But” Is the Wrong Response to Misogyny — 808 comments
  3. Why We Have to Talk About This: Atheism, Sexism, and Blowing Up The Internet — 673 comments
  4. Atheism Plus, and Some Thoughts on Divisiveness — 520 comments
  5. What Convinced You? A Survey for Non-Believers — 416 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 15 2014

Some Thoughts on Beauty and Ownership

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“At last, something beautiful you can truly own.” This is the fictional tagline that Sterling Cooper Draper Price comes up with for the Jaguar ad campaign in “Mad Men.” (It’s in the episode The Other Woman — warning, synopsis has spoilers. Yes, I’m re-watching old episodes, it’s getting me caught up on where we are …

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Apr 15 2014

“Witty, wise, helpful, and humane”: Phil Zuckerman’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Witty, wise, helpful, and humane, this clear and engaging book is most timely. Coming Out Atheist is a great resource for the many Americans out there who have rejected religious faith and are moving towards embracing, acknowledging, and proclaiming their atheism.” -Phil Zuckerman, Ph.D., author of Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion and Society …

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Apr 15 2014

Please Help Ed Brayton Fight a Lawsuit

It looks like Ed Brayton, of the Dispatches from the Culture Wars blog and co-founder of the Freethought Blogs network (and all-around great guy), is going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that Ed’s called him a white supremacist. Please help with his defense fund if you can. Even small …

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Apr 14 2014

“Doubt is Part of Faith” — No, It’s Not

“A sincere faith is often full of legitimate doubts.” So said someone on my Facebook page the other day. I’ve heard this idea many times before, and you probably have too. If you Google the phrase “doubt is part of faith” you get 15,400 results — 93,600,000 if you don’t use the quotation marks. William …

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Apr 14 2014

“Some of the most potent testimony:” Hector Avalos’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Greta Christina knows that the philosophy of atheism is incomplete without practical and sensible advice about how to live in a world full of believers. Her fascinating life experience and astute observations of atheists, in or out of the closet, offers readers some of the most potent testimony for why coming out as an atheist …

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Apr 13 2014

“A must read for every new atheist”: David Fitzgerald’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Make the world a better place. Start living your life. Greta Christina shows you why and how (and how not) to escape the atheist closet. A must read for every new atheist and anyone who is considering becoming one.” -David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All and …

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Apr 12 2014

“A guide for atheists and allies alike”: Lyz Liddell’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Coming out is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Greta walks readers through that decision in a straightforward step by step process: if, when, how, to whom, and — perhaps most importantly — why. A guide for atheists and allies alike.” -Lyz Liddell, Director of Campus Organizing, Secular Student Alliance Another …

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Apr 11 2014

So Why Did You Ask? Some Thoughts on Religion and Willful Ignorance

Why do religious believers ask questions, when they’re not interested in the answers? A funny thing happened at my talk last Wednesday at Iowa State University. During the Q&A after the talk, an ardent religious believer asked me (paraphrasing here), “Why do you care so much about religion? If you’re an atheist, why do you …

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Apr 11 2014

“Thoughtful and entertaining”: David Niose’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Millions of Americans are discovering that life without religion and superstition can be rewarding, fulfilling, and joyful. Greta Christina has done that growing demographic a great service, with this thoughtful and entertaining book that will inform and inspire those who embrace personal secularity.” -David Niose, author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans Another …

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Apr 10 2014

“The ultimate handbook for coming out”: Darrel Ray’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Greta Christina has written the ultimate handbook for coming out. I read this book with an eye for detail, since there are so many nuances in the process of coming out. Greta addresses each one of them with thoughtfulness and compassion. I actually think this book has something for every atheist, not just those coming …

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