December has arrived and the winter holiday season is almost here. If you were a Christian, you would have an endless supply of potential holiday cards to send to your fellow religious believers. But you’re an atheist and that means you have a somewhat smaller holiday card selection to choose from. Still, there are plenty of secular holiday cards out there that are just not religious. Card specific to atheists however, are almost impossible to find — Until now.
My friend Margaret Downey created a great symbol for atheists to rally behind. It started as a winter display that could be erected on courthouse lawns across the country to join with the Crèche and the Menorah, but it makes for a wonderful symbol all around. It is the Tree of Knowledge.
I can’t speak for every atheist, but most atheists I know value knowledge. But in the Abrahamic religions, eating from the Tree of Knowledge was a bad thing. So can there be a better symbol for atheists to rally behind?
This year, I have designed a Tree of Knowledge that features book covers from a dozen atheist books that have been published this year (2015) or that will be published very early next year (2016) that are available for preorder right now.
First, here is a link to a PDF file of this year’s “Hell-aday Card.” You are free to print in out on your home printer and send it out to your friends and family. While I am providing this Greeting Card free of change, I do ask that you consider supporting my work in some way. There are plenty of things you can do in the sidebar that are completely free. For example, just adding your name to my mailing list would be really cool. I don’t even send out a lot of messages either. If you want to be ultra-cool, please consider becoming a Patreon supporter.
Second, if you are a Dangerous Talk supporter already, I have sent out a Hell-aday card to you personally. You will receive it in the mail within the next few days.
Third, here is a complete list of books represented on this year’s Dangerous Talk 2015, Tree of Knowledge:
Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World by David Silverman
Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins
From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project by Batherine Durphy
Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning by Dan Barker
How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith by Marshall Brain
How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps: A Toolkit for Secular Activists by Ryan T. Cragun
Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage by Stephen Prothero
How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist by John W. Loftus
Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children by Christel J. Manning
Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance by Linda Wertheimer
1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think by Raif Badawi
The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C. Wathey
- The Reality of Atheist Blogging (skepticink.com)
- The True Meaning of Christmas (HuffingtonPost.com)