Stories by Valerie Tarico

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington and the founder of Wisdom Commons. She is the author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light" and "Deas and Other Imaginings." Her articles can be found at subscribe to Valerie Tarico's feed

Posted on: Dec 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's one big "Who, me?" from the religious right after attacks like Colorado Springs.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

If you keep issuing calls to take up arms, someone is eventually going to take the message and run with it.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Members of the Satanic Temple find it easier than Christians to follow some of the teachings of Jesus.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's not a war on women — it's a one-sided assault by conservative men drunk on power.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Can zombies get married, according to the Bible? Find out below!

Posted on: Sep 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

One of the key means by which conservative religion propagates.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Atheists — even Satanists! — are exhibiting more moral behavior than the Bible thumpers.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An interview with a sociologist of religion and non-belief.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Atheist filmmaker Chris Johnson discusses his new documentary, "A Better Life."

Posted on: Jul 28, 2015, Source: Salon

A silent majority of us are sex-obsessed only once in a while, or not at all, or used to be but aren’t anymore.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Nothing gets some people more riled than the thought of unsupervised teens or women managing their own bodies.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An interview with black theologian Kelly Brown Douglas on America's greatest sins.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The conservative Christian obsession with sex and procreation can be traced back to a single Iron Age gender script.

Posted on: May 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Many biblical literalists are suspicious of yoga and see it as a seductive point of entry into the Hindu religion.

Posted on: May 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Meet the most polarizing woman in Evangelicalism.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Sarah Morehead of the nonprofit group Recovering From Religion says leaving one's faith is like going on a "huge journey with no map."

Posted on: Apr 26, 2015, Source: Salon

I believe that abortion care is a positive social good -- and I think it’s time people said so

Posted on: Apr 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A recent poll showed gay people are viewed more positively than Evangelicals.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Religious believers have won a cascading array of rights, privileges and exemptions from laws and duties.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

For a faith that professes to value "life" many right-wing Christians seem strangely blasé about children's rights and lives.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Let's start with the question of why Jesus is depicted as a white guy.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Evidence points to some startling conclusions about what the historical Jesus was like—if he existed at all.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Good family planning transforms life for men, women and children. Opposition to advances in contraception ruins lives.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

There's been a long and tortured relationship between the Bible, Christians and the brutal, inhumane practice of slavery.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Tweeting, like driving, creates perils that become more dangerous as we age.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been targeted for promoting secular pluralism.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Perhaps descriptions of hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

If death with dignity is to become available not just a privileged few, many laws will have to be changed .

Posted on: Jan 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

These dubious concepts advocate conflict, cruelty and suffering.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Religion is just one part of the lethal cocktail, but it is a powerful intoxicant.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A woman who values fertilized eggs should use the most highly effective contraceptive available.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Both the Old Testament and the New endorse torture.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. Why don’t they bother us more?

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

What you learn when you read the Bible in the order it was actually written.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A religious scholar shares his thoughts on the mythologies of Christmas.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Activists talk about the dangers of standing up for controversial ideas.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Founding Father critiqued the Good Book, sort of.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You'd be surprised at Christian denominations' positions on abortion in the 1970s.