Stories by Greta Christina

Greta Christina is the author of "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," available in ebook, print, and audiobook. She blogs at Greta Christina's Blog. Follow her on Twitter: @GretaChristina subscribe to Greta Christina's feed

Posted on: Mar 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The hostility that the atheist ad campaigns generate proves why we need them so badly.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to free speech and the First Amendment, the content of the speech, and whether or not we find it hateful, vile and abhorrent, is irrelevant.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

High school non-theist groups are getting dedicated support from a national organization but their schools are flipping out. What does this mean for the future of atheism?

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The idea that you should believe in God "just in case" trivializes both faith and reality, and concedes your argument before it's begun.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Most fat people who try to lose weight aren't successful. Does it make more sense to blame fat people for lacking self- control... or to change public policy about food and health?

Posted on: Jan 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Does the new movie "No Strings Attached" portray casual sex in an intelligent way that's respectful of alternative sexual arrangements? What do you think?

Posted on: Jan 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Progressive believers often ignore religious differences in the name of tolerance. But this ecumenicalism promotes anti-atheist hostility and shows a disregard for the truth.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

How, exactly, do you lose weight while maintaining progressive ideals about body image?

Posted on: Jan 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Atheists get labeled as offensive and bitter when we express anger, when we express hope, morality and meaning. What are believers scared of?

Posted on: Dec 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Religious believers commonly attack atheists simply for existing. Do out-of-the-closet atheists -- even polite ones -- challenge attempts at theocracy?

Posted on: Dec 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

What do you do if you're an atheist who likes Christmas carols?

Posted on: Nov 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Many religious believers are intent on getting atheists' approval for their beliefs. If you're hoping for that -- don't hold your breath.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In American culture, it's generally assumed that everybody wants to be married. But being single can be healthy and help you form better future relationships.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

When religious people are faced with the possibility that death might really, truly be the end, they're often not prepared.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Religion has to do more than come up with some good evidence for its hypothesis. It has to have a coherent hypothesis in the first place.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

One of the most common accusations aimed at atheists is that atheism is an article of faith, a belief just like religion.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Why skepticism matters -- not just in science, history and other academic pursuits, but in everyday life.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Get it up? Bring home the bacon? Here are five rigid, narrow definitions of maleness that men feel pressured to contort themselves into.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The evidence supporting the 'independent soul' explanation is flimsy at best. It is unsubstantiated. It comes largely from personal anecdotes. It is internally inconsistent.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We know the many ways sexism hurts women. But we don't talk as much about how sexism hurts men.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2010, Source: The Blowfish Blog

What can you do when your partner doesn't like sex nearly as often as you do—or a lot more?

Posted on: Jul 7, 2010, Source: The Blowfish Blog

If you're a man who wants to attract women, don't own a cat or play video games. This review challenges an author's rigid definitions of who's dateable.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Atheists often point out that religious faith is closed off to evidence that contradicts it. What evidence would persuade atheists that their atheism was mistaken?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Here's what I'd like to say to people who are less interested in what's really true about the universe than they are about their personal interpretation of it.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Liberals and conservatives don't just disagree about specific issues -- we disagree about core ethical values. Can a case be made that liberal values really are better?

Posted on: Jun 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If God is real, and religious believers can perceive him... why is anyone an atheist?

Posted on: May 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If your softball league or your children's school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you'd quit in outrage. So why haven't you?

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As vivid as the experience of our hearts and minds can feel, it's unreliable and subject to bias.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If you think the Universe is so perfectly fine-tuned to allow life to come into being so therefore life must have been created this way on purpose -- think again.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

This is the most common justification people have for why god exists. To those people, I say: You really need to study evolution a little more carefully.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Why on earth would we assume that any currently unanswered question about physical existence would eventually turn out to be caused by God?

Posted on: Feb 18, 2010, Source: The Blowfish Blog

If your relationship sucks and you don't communicate with your sexual partner, the Double Reverse Astronaut is unlikely to help your sex life.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If you're worried that we're in danger of understanding everything about the universe, you can relax.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The notion that 'there are no atheists in foxholes' isn't just mistaken, it's bigoted and ugly; a denial of atheists' humanity and the reality of our experience with death.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Debates over faith often leave non-believers holding the bag: look like a jerk or leave the debate unfinished and apparently concede defeat.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2010, Source: Greta Christina's Blog

The comfort of religion doesn't eradicate grief. And many people would much rather believe in no afterlife at all than an afterlife determined by a sadistic god.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Even though the standard winter holidays are supposedly religious, there are ample reasons for atheists to celebrate, too.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In the marketplace of ideas, only religion gets a free ride in an armored tank.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Atheism isn't an attack on diversity, it's a defense of reality.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

It's possible to keep the good parts of religion -- like the music, rituals and pageantry -- and get rid of the sex-hating dogma, the belief in god and other troublesome aspects.