New on the bookshelf: “The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas” and “The Moral Landscape”

Just recently, I spoke over twitter with Jen McCreight (she of ‘Boobquake‘ fame). With minimal effort, she talked me into buying a copy of The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, a compilation of factual and fictional writings on the Christmas holiday and its trappings by a wide variety of atheists (well-known and little-known) from around the world. I got in the mail yesterday, just in time to share it with my fellow heathens from my local atheist meetup at our happy hour. It sparked a lovely discussion about our own experiences with Christmas, how we first realized that there was no Santa Claus, what Christmas can be like as an atheist in a house full of Christians, and so on.

Now I just have to read the book…

I also picked up a copy of Sam Harris’ new book, The Moral Landscape. Our group is setting up a book club-style event with this book (probably… we’ve yet to decide) as the subject, and I’ve heard it’s really quite a dense read, so it’ll be … interesting … trying to balance the sweet lightheartedness of the first book with the meaty, intellectually challenging richness of this one. I think I’m up for the challenge, though.

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