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: Aug 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against whether Jesus lived.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The 10 commandments are not as straightforward as they appear.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Too many devout believers claim a righteous mandate to say and do things that are truly horrible.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Child Evangelism's efforts to convert kids is facing organized opposition.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If an embryo or fetus can be defined legally as a person, abortion could potentially be classified as murder.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We asked prominent atheists what parts of the Bible they find inspiring and beautiful.

Posted on: May 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Most Christians tend to ignore the awkward parts of the Bible.

Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Women who aren't "busy about having children" get into sin.

Posted on: May 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the political theater of the Religious Right, Fred Phelps will be hard to replace.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Whether the stories gathered in Genesis are assets or liabilities for Christianity may be open to debate.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Controversial pastor Mark Driscoll's empire may be cracking as allegations about his actions toward co-workers become public.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Sacrosanct religious rights will let conservatives roll back rights for LGBT and women.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Discrimination against gays is just the tip of the iceberg.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Religion can play a harmful and inappropriate role in our hospital rooms.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When asked about their moral values or what motivates them in life, atheists use words that sound downright spiritual.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Promoting diets is about as sophisticated and effective as promoting sexual abstinence for teens.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The rules of the Abrahamic religions may have once helped societies survive and thrive. But in a modern context many are change-averse and oppressive.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

If you are a nonbeliever in the mood for a party, here are 10 reasons to celebrate.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A founder of London's Atheist Church talks about their big holiday plans.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Mormon Church finally renounces its previous racist stance that brown skin is a punishment from God—and other growing pains.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Corporate conservatives want special rules that let them privatize profits and socialize losses.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

They absurdly argue that a mandate to provide health coverage—including family planning—violates religious freedom.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Conservative Christians see themselves as the last defenders of traditional marriage. Yet many don't quite live up to the ideal.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

In the Bible fathers are elevated to the top of an ancient hierarchy in which position is power, might makes right, and children and women are property.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The fastest growing birth control in the U.S. has a long and curious history.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Authoritarian parenting and abusive practices are all too common in some Evangelical households.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Religion is big business, especially with the help of your tax dollars.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Bible literalists have good reason to feel threatened by modern science.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

An interview with Julie Burkhart, who worked side by side with Dr. Tiller before his murder and is carrying on his legacy despite threats to her own life.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The media’s most unabashed misogynists are actually tame compared to their ideological ancestors, which include the biggest names in Christian history.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Three words: affordable longterm contraception.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Religious healthcare corporations are absorbing secular hospitals and in the process imposing their morality on women's bodies.

Posted on: May 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Catholic hospitals and healthcare corporations are becoming “health care ministries.”

Posted on: May 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

While the Abrahamic religions have tried to control sexuality, these traditions make use of the very urges they seek to suppress.

Posted on: May 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

By opposing Plan B, conservatives show they are willing to sacrifice women, teens and pre-teens on the altar of patriarchy and religion.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Passive acceptance or even glorification of suffering can be adaptive when people have no choice. But why does so much religion -- particularly Catholicism -- fetishize pain?

Posted on: Mar 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Groups that demand obedience and conformity produce fear, not love and growth.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The frenzied public rhetoric about rape and rape culture is woefully inadequate.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Many religious people believe giving to the church is the be-all and end all of generosity.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Here's the down-low on how different methods of contraception impact weight gain.