As someone who is only partially out as an atheist, I read Greta Christina’s new book, “Coming Out Atheist,” with a purpose. (Side note: I’m one of those wonderful humans who write in margins, highlight entire pages, dog-ears corners, and can’t stop talking about whatever book I’m currently reading.) I’m not embarrassed to say that I tackled the book in two days, lent it to a friend, and plan to read it again as soon as I get it back. There was so much of the book that I was excited to get through, that I feel I might benefit from taking my time to go back through each section. I’ve since read Greta’s “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” and think I left more of the pages highlighted than not.
“Coming Out Atheist” is an invaluable tool for all atheists, out or not. It’s not simply a manual, but a collection of ideas, support, and stories. It takes you through each process, never assuming that coming out is the same for any two people. The book gives strong support for coming out, but cautions and supports those who are unable to come out due to safety concerns, financial issues, or the potentiality to negatively impact a persons life. As a person who is not actually “out” in her family, it gave me a lot of hope in starting that conversation and encouraged me with the idea of being able to control how my conversation is shaped.
I hope that those of you who aren’t out (or even if you are) are able to pick up the book. I’d love to have a conversation about how others have come out to family, friends, co-workers, communities, etc, and how it’s impacted your life. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll be able to share more of my coming out stories with you all.