Resources

BOOKS

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious by Chris Stedman (Beacon Press, 2013). The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.  http://faitheistbook.com

Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews (Outskirts Press, Inc., 2012) A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became the founder of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists by Dan Barker (Ulysses Press, 2008). Barker recounts his experiences of life in a Christian family, being called to the Christian ministry, exploring intellectual doubts about Christianity, and eventually abandoning Christianity and theism altogether, which gives him a platform from which to speak to Christians on their own terms. http://ffrf.org

Coming Out to Play by Robbie Rogers (Penguin Group, 2014). Robbie takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to a trailblazing out and proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.  http://robbiehrogers.com

Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism by Jerry DeWitt (Da Capo Press, 2013). Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. This once-true believer ultimately became the founder of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet. http://www.hopeafterfaith.com

Caught in The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind by Daniel C. Dennett & Linda LaScola (Congruity, 2013). In confidential interviews, clergy reveal how their lives of service are overshadowed by hypocrisy, as they contemplate taking a leap from their faith.  https://www.facebook.com/caughtinthepulpit

WEBSITES FOR FREETHINKER COMMUNITY

The Thinking Atheist: A community for atheists, agnostics, and skeptics to exchange ideas, discuss issues, explore challenges, make friends and have some laughs. http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

American Humanist Association: AHA strives to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life.  http://americanhumanist.org

Freedom from Religion Foundation: FFRF promotes the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and educates the public on matters relating to nontheism. https://ffrf.org

Ex-Christian.Net: Encouraging de-converting and former Christians.  http://new.exchristian.net

The Humanist Magazine: The Humanist magazine applies humanism—a natural and democratic outlook informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion—to broad areas of social and personal concern. http://thehumanist.com

WEBSITES FOR LGBT COMMUNITY

It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. http://www.itgetsbetter.org

The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.  http://www.thetrevorproject.org

Soulforce: Soulforce is committed to relentless nonviolent resistance to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression. http://soulforce.com

ON FILM

Bridegroom is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will. http://bridegroommovie.com

For The Bible Tells Me So: Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity. http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org