“Coming Out Atheist” is coming out now

Greta Christina’s new book, “Coming Out Atheist”, is now available. Get yourself a copy!

I’m hoping there will be some at the American Atheists convention this weekend in Salt Lake City. I’ll be speaking there, Greta will be speaking there (as will Sikivu, Matt, and Maryam) so I should be able to track one down, right? And get it signed?

And everyone else is going too, I presume? I’ll see you all in Salt Lake City, I arrive tomorrow afternoon!

(Warning: I’m doing one of my science talks. Don’t get too bored.)


  1. beatgroover says

    I absolutely loved your talk on the Cambrian Explosion from Skepticon, hope this one gets put online too! What’s the topic?

  2. Cynickal says

    Sadly, this weekend is also NorwesCon. I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of drunken nerds instead of hanging out with a bunch of drunken, godless nerds.

  3. says

    My talk is on the science behind purposelessness. And just this morning I actually read the schedule, to discover I’ve only got a half hour time slot (like everyone — they’re really packing them in), so I’m cutting, cutting, cutting. It looks like I’ll have time for the background and then one general explanation of one experiment.

  4. Greta Christina says

    I’m hoping there will be some at the American Atheists convention this weekend in Salt Lake City.

    There better be! I’m doing a book signing!

    And thanks for the plug. Much appreciated.

  5. ludicrous says

    Hint please. I went to skepticon.org/videos/ , thumbnails of all the presentations but clicking on one of them gives another page with just a banner of the title, no hint of how to go from there to the video, thanks.

  6. says

    Here is some coverage of the upcoming atheist convention:

    Excerpt below:

    The Beehive State will be swarming with atheists this week as their national convention gets underway in Salt Lake City.

    As many as 700 nonbelievers will be on hand for the gathering, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

    American Atheists will stage a panel discussion with two Mormon professors and two atheist experts Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Salt Lake City’s Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. The public is invited to this free event.

    The four-day 2014 American Atheists National Convention runs Thursday through Sunday at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple. For details, go to http://www.atheists.org. […]

    The discussion, moderated by University of Utah history professor Paul Reeve, will address “public perceptions of atheists and Mormons,” according to a news release. “The panelists will tackle common stereotypes of both groups, dispel myths and answer audience questions.”

    One of the panelists, American Atheists President David Silverman, who spoke at a post-march rally in Salt Lake City after LDS General Conference earlier this month, answered questions from The Salt Lake Tribune during a phone interview this week. […]

    [David Silverman said] Mormonism demonstrates the power of indoctrination. Unlike older religions, we know much about how Mormonism was created. … Mormonism has been proven wrong beyond reasonable doubt, yet it persists, due to the power of indoctrination. From this we can learn how strong childhood indoctrination (let’s just call it brainwashing) must be, and can only imagine the power of such indoctrination for the older religions, where such data as criminal records and plagiarized texts cannot be obtained.

    Why did you stage a march around Temple Square during LDS conference?

    We tried to get billboards, but were unable to find a single Salt Lake City-based company that would take our billboards. Then we tried to put them in a mall, any mall. They were not offensive, but happy, friendly, saying, “Hey, we’re atheists. Come party with us.” But no one would take them. It’s not right and it’s not American. People were angry. We decided to take that anger and show the Mormon church that atheists will not be squelched. We wanted our message to be public and vocal, to be an example to other atheists in the Mormon ranks that they have a place to land when they leave the church. […]

  7. latsot says

    Coming Out Atheist is also available on Audible (here in the UK, at least) narrated by Greta herself. A bargain too at £11.03 (or one credit) for >14 hours of audio.

  8. beatgroover says

    PZ that topic sounds very pertinent! I’m curious to hear how it goes, love to watch anything that deconstructs our nasty cultural habit of teleology .