Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious Author Chris Stedman
ISBN-10 0807014451
ISBN-13 9780807014455
Year 2013-10-01
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher Beacon Press
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The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religiousThe stunning popularity of the New Atheist movementwhose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchensspeaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread vehement disdain for religion among many of them In Faitheist Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully Becoming aware of injustice and craving community Stedman became a born again Christian in late childhood The idea of a community bound by Gods lovea love that was undeserved unending and guaranteedcaptivated him It was he writes a place to belong and a framework for making sense of suffering But Stedmans religious community did not embody this idea of Gods love they were staunchly homophobic at a time when he was slowly coming to realize that he was gay The great suffering this caused him might have turned Stedman into a life long New Atheist But over time he came to know more open minded Christians and his interest in service work brought him into contact with people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds His own religious beliefs might have fallen away but his desire to change the world for the better remained Disdain and hostility toward religion was holding him back from engaging in meaningful work with people of faith And it was keeping him from full relationships with themthe kinds of relationships that break down intolerance and improve the world In Faitheist Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities his academic study of religion and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this worldthe one world we can all agree ona better place From the Hardcover edition

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