Sigfried Gold

Sigfried Gold writes and speaks about spirituality, atheism, ethics, recovery, and the spiritual challenges and opportunities faced by religious outsiders and skeptics. Writing by and about him is available at He has Master’s degrees in Creative Writing and Biomedical Informatics and makes a living designing and building interactive information visualization tools that allow researchers to explore and make sense of complex data. He lives with his wife and two kids in Washington, DC.

Stories by Sigfried Gold

How to Pray for Divine Guidance Without Religion

An atheist finds wisdom in prayer, even if it is a practice often undergirded by indefensible beliefs.

Is God’s Existence Beside the Point?

In order to let an idea change you, you have to be willing to let go of certain previous ways of thinking. You have to step into a frightening unknown.

Atheists at the Pulpit

Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.

What Good is Religion?

Religions may be declining in their ability to provide altruistically motivated, communally organized support, but we have few other models to work with.

Why atheists should respect believers

Mark Poprocki / iStock Certain atheists are happy to proclaim their disgust for religion and believers whenever they get a … Continued

Is faith the world’s most effective placebo?

Mark Poprocki / iStock My 15 minutes of fame, courtesy of an article in the Washington Post featuring me as … Continued