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: 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.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

What if harming society is part of religion’s survival strategy?

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We're the ones putting those celebrity evangelists in their mansions.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Teresa MacBain helps nontheists build church-like communities with social support and rituals that appeal to many religious adherents.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Test your knowledge of which belief belongs to which mainstream religion.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

How well do you know your Holy Books?

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Their guiding principle seems to be, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Posted on: Oct 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If teens take to this device the way they’ve taken to cell phones, unplanned pregnancy could go the way of landlines.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The media’s most unabashed misogynists are actually tame compared to their ideological ancestors.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2014, Source:

Empowering women to make reproductive choices that work for them might just help reduce man-made climate change.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The roots of this absurd belief can be traced back to ancient times.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Religious labels help shore up identity. So what are some of the things non-believers can call themselves?

Posted on: Sep 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The appeal of hell as a part of the faith package appears to be in decline, even among Evangelicals.

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.