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What “Dummies” need to know about atheism

(RNS) Dale McGowan, executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, was just enlisted to write “Atheism for Dummies,” the first book about atheists in the “Dummies” series. McGowan explains what people need to know about atheism, and what they have in common with religious believers. By Kimberly Winston.

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Bart Ehrman’s new portrayal of Jesus is surprisingly sympathetic

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) As Christians prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, Bart Ehrman, an agnostic, convincingly demonstrates there was a historical Jesus. As for the “mythicists” who argue otherwise — many of them his biggest fans — Ehrman has some choice words: “sensationalist,” “wrongheaded” and “amateurish.” By Yonat Shimron.