What if I'm an atheist? : a teen's guide to exploring a life without religion

by Seidman, David, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2015
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Can you have guidance without God? This thoughtful, one-of-a-kind guide offers answers to all of your questions about atheism and nonbelief.

Have you ever wondered what religion and belief means for your life? Maybe you believe in nothing at all. Does that mean you're an atheist? What does atheism even mean? Regardless of the religious background you grew up with, it's natural to question what you believe...or what you don't. Establishing your views about religion and spirituality is part of becoming an individual, but outside pressures can make it tough to know what is right for you.

What If I'm an Athiest? offers a thoughtful exploration of how atheism or the absence of religion can impact your life. From discussing the practical significance of holidays to offering conversation starters and tips, this guide is an invaluable resource about religion, spirituality, and the lack thereof.

This compassionate, nonjudgmental guide includes peer interviews featuring both religious and atheist teens and provides a safe space to find answers to the questions you may not want ask out loud, so you can decide what you believe--or don't--for yourself.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Many teens brought up in a faith tradition may find themselves questioning their beliefs or the existence of a god, questions that can sometimes fuel anger, disappointment, and occasionally violence from their families and friends. This guide, one of few books on atheism targeted at a teen audience, aims to advise teens as they identify themselves as atheist or agnostic, come out as nonbelievers, debate their beliefs with theists, and look for supportive communities, even among religious organizations such as Unitarian Universalism. Seidman includes testimonials from teens with a wide variety of notions about faithlessness, as well as opinions from some notable thinkers. A primer on Supreme Court cases defending against prayer in schools, for instance, is especially helpful for teens hoping to get involved in advocating for change in their schools' policies. Though occasionally disparaging in tone with regard to people who profess some kind of religious faith, overall, Seidman strives for a broad scope and balanced approach that encourages respectful, tolerant discourse. A lengthy list of resources and source notes concludes.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Teenagers have enough trouble navigating questions about their identity. So where should they turn when they stop believing in religion? Journalist Seidman offers a guide for teens struggling with unbelief, particularly those who are likely to experience hostility or ambivalence about their change in convictions. He begins by painting a multifaceted portrait of what unbelief looks like, going beyond the currently popular, and vocal, New Atheism. He discusses life as an unbeliever in a possibly negative environment, giving point-by-point analyses of common debates between theists and atheists, and projects possible arguments. Covering a large amount of ground, Seidman synthesizes thoughts, questions, and data from an impressive number of sources to help teens forge a new path with confidence and knowledge. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of a deeper analysis of religions and their practices. Overall, however, Seidman is respectful, and he urges his audience toward considerate open-mindedness, making this an excellent primer for teens needing guidance in navigating the culturally contentious and personally troublesome waters of religion. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Atheism.
Publisher New York :Simon Pulse,2015
Edition Simon Pulse edition.
Other Titles What if I am an atheist?
Language English
Description ix, 245 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-242).
ISBN 9781582704067
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