Herb Silverman


Herb Silverman is founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, author of “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt,” and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston.

Stories by Herb Silverman

An Invitation to Exorcise an Atheist

Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican Colorado House nominee, is wrong about atheists for more than a few reasons.

One of America’s Best Kept Religious Secrets

Could the growing Bahá’í religion revolutionize our political sphere?

Why I’m Faithless at OnFaith

An atheist considers what it means to be a part of a conversation on faith.

Why I Wish Pope Francis Was Joking about the Devil (and Other Beliefs)

Here’s my four-word solution for those struggling with demonic possession: “Stop believing in demons.”

Six Scenes of My Interactions with Muslims: The Good, the (Mostly) Bad, and the Ugly

I’m an equal opportunity critic of religions. But when it comes to human rights, I’m far more concerned about Islam.

Why the Supreme Court’s Conservative and Liberal Judges Are All Greek to Me

The Greece v. Galloway decision is another reminder that some things are both constitutional and wrong.

Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

A smug Christian movie about smug atheists leads to an inevitable happy ending.

How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

Church Invitation: An Atheist on American Anglicans and Amazing Grace

What will an atheist find when he attends services at a conservative Christian church in South Carolina?

Let’s Give the Bible a Second Chance . . . By Changing It

The Bible is stuck with a lot of bad history, science, and poor ethics. Let’s amend it Constitution-style.

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Atheism

Set your stereotypes aside and get to know atheists all over again.

Sin: Making Sense Out of Nonsense

Love the sinner, hate the sin? That doesn’t work for atheists. But even we can make sense of sin.

Honest and Dishonest Biases

I present my “Dishonest Bias Award” to Todd Stames, host of “Fox News & Commentary.”

Whose Jews?

A Pew Research Center survey of American Jews found that 62 percent say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture, while just 15 percent say it’s a matter of religion.

Atheists Do Good Anyway

Atheists are sometimes viewed with suspicion, as if they are masking hidden values and questionable morals.

God in Papua New Guinea

Widespread support exists for making Papua New Guinea officially a Christian nation, possibly banning non-Christian religions. We have ample evidence that theocracies don’t work.

Is atheism winning the culture war?

For many years, I’ve been encouraging atheists and humanists to organize and cooperate in order to change the culture.

That’s an Atheist Thing To Do, Pope Francis

Perhaps Pope Francis will have the freedom and desire to make not just stylistic and rhetorical changes, but substantive changes as well.

A PAC for atheist candidates

A new Political Action Committee (PAC), the Freethought Equality Fund, is dedicated to expanding voters’ choices by backing the candidacy of open nontheists to public office.

Pope Francis divides atheists

Pope Francis may be as good as it gets, but the Catholic Church just doesn’t allow popes to get that good.