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 Awaypoint.Wordpress.com. subscribe to Valerie Tarico's feed

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

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

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: Grist.org

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.

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.

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