William Lobdell’s Losing My Religion in Bookstores Today February 24, 2009

William Lobdell’s Losing My Religion in Bookstores Today

There’s a new book about atheism out in bookstores today that’s quite different from the New Atheist ones already in print: Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace


This one, by William Lobdell, tells the story of how he came out from under the spell of religion. He is a former religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, former evangelical, and (later) a former Catholic.

One excerpt from the book:

Though I continued to work other religion stories, my editors wanted my primary focus to be the Catholic sex scandal. I began to live a dual life. By day, I investigated the local dioceses, dug up documents in courthouses, talked with a seemingly endless string of victims, and interviewed bishops, their aides, attorneys and priests. In my off-hours, I put in my final months of training to become a Catholic.

He’s not out to (de-)convert you, just to tell you how he became an atheist himself. In that sense, this is a book that religious people can read from front to back without wanting to burn it. (Which I suspect will make it less popular among die-hard atheists, unfortunately.)

If you’re someone who only recently became an atheist, or someone who’s only thinking about it, this is a book that could help you along the way. If you’re religious, it can help you understand why some atheists choose the path that we do.

Check it out and support a fellow atheist author.

He also has a fantastic blog if you haven’t checked it out yet.

(via williamlobdell.com)

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  • William Lobdell will be one of our breakout speakers at the American Humanist Association’s 68th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, June 5-7! See http://www.americanhumanist.org/conference for details. We are looking forward to having him!

  • “I began to live a duel life” – Pistols at dawn ever day?

  • “I began to live a duel life” – Pistols at dawn ever day?

    I’ll fix that typo for the sake of the post. Thanks!

  • FYI — Mr. Lobdell has agreed to give away 5 signed copies over at my blog, Unreasonable Faith.

  • Emanuel Goldstein

    Well, I gotta hand it to him…in the long tradition of Barker and Loftus, he is able to make bucks of of religion by either promoting it OR knocking it.

    His subtle hints that he is so much better than everyone else do not go unnoticed.

  • Funny, Emanuel, I don’t see it (must be more subtle than I thought) but there’s really no need to parade your insecurity before everyone else. 🙂

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