Herb Silverman

Herb Silverman is founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, author of “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt,” and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston.

Stories by Herb Silverman

God Must Be Proud of Atheists

If God is love, God must love atheists, too.

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10 Questions About Hell From an Atheist

Go ahead, sound off here with your answers.

I’m Not Gay, But I Am Jealous

6 things the atheist movement can learn from the LGBT movement.

Hey Biblical Literalists, Stop Disparaging Darwin

A few reasons we should all recognize February 12 as Darwin Day.

How Can a Made-Up Bible Still Be God’s Word?

An atheist and a Bible scholar agree on much about the Bible, but still arrive at opposite conclusions.

Atheist or Agnostic — and Does it Matter?

The divisions within the nontheistic community are almost entirely rhetorical.

5 Money Mistakes That Are Also God Mistakes

The problems people have with money are similar to the problems people have with God.

7 Ways to Talk to Your Family Atheist

These suggestions can help improve family relations, especially at holiday gatherings.

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7 Things Not to Say to the Atheist in Your Family

These tips should help make family visits more pleasant for everyone.

Five Reasons I Might Join the Ku Klux Klan

A Ku Klux Klan chapter is now accepting Jews, so I’m considering my options.

7 Tips for Atheists at Thanksgiving Dinner

Should atheists come out to their religious family at the Thanksgiving dinner?

The Problem with Religious Privilege for Prisoners

If we make exemptions for religious belief, we should also do so for conscientious belief.

Happy Halloween to All Who Aren’t Afraid of Harmless Fun

The War on Christmas rages on. The War on Thanksgiving has begun. But what about Halloween?

Who Is a Jew? What Is a Christian?

Both Jews and Christians argue about who they accept into their respective camps.

7 Family Issues Pope Francis Should — But Won’t — Discuss

If any women were invited to the Vatican’s synod on the family, they’d be having a very different conversation.

“Under God” Is Not All that Needs to Change About the Pledge

The dubious phrase does have something going for it — namely, controversy that could lead to conversation.

A Ghost Story Even I Can Believe

I thought ghosts were created for laughs — then I found out most who take ghost tours believe in them.

Who’s Afraid of a (Mostly) Fictional Bible?

Christians who pick and choose what to believe in the Bible may be on a slippery slope to secular humanism — and that’s just fine by me.

5 Books All Atheists and Other Outsiders Should Read

Yes, you really should read the Bible. And plenty of Orwell.

How Atheists Can Overcome a Reputation of Arrogance

Why — and how — we should work with religious believers for the common good.