Herb Silverman


Herb Silverman is founder and President Emeritus 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
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Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

A smug Christian movie about smug atheists leads to an inevitable happy ending.

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How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

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Church Invitation: An Atheist on American Anglicans and Amazing Grace

What will an atheist find when he attends services at a conservative Christian church in South Carolina?

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Let’s Give the Bible a Second Chance . . . By Changing It

The Bible is stuck with a lot of bad history, science, and poor ethics. Let’s amend it Constitution-style.

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Atheism

Set your stereotypes aside and get to know atheists all over again.

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Sin: Making Sense Out of Nonsense

Love the sinner, hate the sin? That doesn’t work for atheists. But even we can make sense of sin.

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Honest and dishonest bias

I hereby present my “Dishonest Bias Award” to Todd Stames, host of “Fox News & Commentary,” for his piece titled “American Humanist Association sues teacher who prayed for sick student.”

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Whose Jews?

A Pew Research Center survey of American Jews found that 62 percent say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture, while just 15 percent say it’s a matter of religion.

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Atheists do good anyway

Atheists are sometimes viewed with suspicion, as if they are masking hidden values and questionable morals.

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God in Papua New Guinea

Widespread support exists for making Papua New Guinea officially a Christian nation, possibly banning non-Christian religions. We have ample evidence that theocracies don’t work.