Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart asks an essential question for the 45 million Americans who self identify as nonreligious: "So you don’t believe in God; now what?" This question is increasingly important, as one third of young adults under the age of 30 now consider themselves nonreligious. With a scientific eye and an empathetic heart the authors turn conventional perceptions about atheism on their head. They show that atheism need not be reactionary (against religion and God), but rather, offers a clear set of constructive principles to live by that establish atheism as a positive worldview. Following a philosophical approach grounded in logic and evidence, Bayer and Figdor take us on an inspiring journey to discover how to live a reasonable, ethical, and happy life without God. The readers are engaged at every step, encouraged to self-reflect and ultimately uncover their own set of personal beliefs. Read a Sample Chapter

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LexBayerLex Bayer
Lex Bayer serves as a board member of the Humanist Connection, a humanist, atheist, and agnostic nonprofit organization serving Stanford University and Silicon Valley. His foray into the philosophy of belief began with an award winning paper on religion while an undergrad at Stanford University. Lex is a technology entrepreneur and inventor holding more than 20 patents. As CEO and co-founder of his first company he pioneered a payments platform that grew to service five million customers and was ultimately acquired by Visa Inc.

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John FigdorJohn Figdor
John Figdor is the humanist chaplain serving the atheists, humanists, and agnostics communities at Stanford University, where he organizes events and programs for both students and community members in the San Francisco Bay area. Figdor and his work have been discussed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He speaks regularly around the United States on humanist topics. He holds a master’s degree (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School and was previously the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard.

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WL Boal 10 years  ago

“So you don’t believe in God; now what?” Another question is, “So you believe in God; now what?” (Or “so what?”)


Jay White 8 years  ago

The poverty of philosopshy.


Tim Borris 10 years  ago

I really enjoyed the read. Still thinking hard about the chapter on objective morality and trying to get comfortable with it.