In today’s New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer profiles the prolific atheist author S. T. Joshi:
“My father insisted that I and my sisters not be indoctrinated into any religion at any age,” Mr. Joshi said, as his three cats padded quietly about. “We were allowed to investigate the matter for ourselves if we felt like it. My mother to this day is a devout Hindu — believes in reincarnation, the whole bit — but has never forced that down anybody’s throat. You might say I was a passive atheist through my teenage years.”
Joshi is the author of The Unbelievers: The Evolution of Modern Atheism, Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists, and The Agnostic Reader.