"A Better Life" by Chris Johnson.

Putting a joyful face on atheism — Chris Johnson on “A Better Life”

Among the most persistent myths about atheists: that we are joyless, that we are immoral, that we don’t experience wonder, and that we are angry and bitter. These stereotypes can be shattered when people are given an opportunity to get to know atheists. Building relationships seems to be one the best ways to challenge misconceptions about atheists—but a new book offers another way. Photographer Chris Johnson’s forthcoming book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God aims to humanize nontheists by highlighting a diverse group of atheists and sharing, in their own words, what gives them joy and meaning. A Better Life—a skillfully produced coffee table book with beautiful color photos and a clean, inviting design—is the result of a big response to a unique idea.

Humanist Hub opening

Humanism at Harvard gets an address — and a nod from the governor

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially declared that Sunday, December 8 would be “Humanist Community Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This was a historic moment for Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious—not just in Massachusetts, but across the United States. To my knowledge it is the only proclamation ever released by a governmental authority in the U.S. specifically acknowledging “Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious.” (And, as others have noted since the proclamation was released, it is likely the only one that recognizes atheists and, amusingly, ends with the phrase “God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”)

The closing paragraph is among my favorite parts of the proclamation. (Though it truly is worth a full read.)
“[I] urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to welcome the Humanist Hub into the mosaic of our broader community, acknowledging, in the spirit of friendship and respect, that its members can contribute positively to the Commonwealth’s proud tradition of pluralism.”