How to Come Out of the Atheist Closet

Reba Boyd Wooden

Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, by Greta Christina (Charlottesville, VA: Pitchstone Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-1939578198) 440 pp. Paperback, $17.95.


Beginning in 1999 when I started the first secular humanist group in Indiana and continuing in my position as executive director of Center for Inquiry–Indiana, I have heard hundreds of de-conversion stories. People hear about our weekly Sunday morning Coffee and Conversation and come to share their leaving-religion stories. In most cases, they express concerns about other people in their lives finding out that they no longer consider themselves religious. For some, it is fear of losing their jobs, but for most, it is fear of what will happen when their spouses, parents, and/or friends find out. In her newest book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Greta Christina features more “coming out to family” stories than all the other kinds of stories put together.

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