David G. McAfee

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David Gregory McAfee
Cal Poly lecture and book signing, 2010.jpg
Lecture and book signing for the Cal Poly Brights in October 2010.
Born (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 25)
Roseville, California
Occupation Writer, Journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Notable works Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings
Website
davidgmcafee.wordpress.com

David Gregory McAfee (February 23, 1989) — known as David G. McAfee — is an American author, journalist and religious studies graduate.[1] McAfee has been cited as one of the new writers bringing new, mainstream books about atheism to the mass market.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Roseville, California, on February 23, 1989, David Gregory McAfee moved to Santa Barbara, CA at the age of eighteen in order to pursue multiple degrees, in English and Religious Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).[1] While at UCSB, McAfee authored articles about atheism for the newspaper, Santa Barbara Independent.[3] After graduating with two BAs, McAfee republished his first book under the new title, Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings.[1]

David G. McAfee is an outspoken atheist who opposes biblical literalism. He is also a columnist for Canadian Freethinker Magazine and a contributor to American Atheist Magazine.[1] As a result of his atheism, he was rejected by a public university, UCSB, from entering its religious studies graduate program.[4][5] David G. McAfee also made appearances and gave lectures to the “SoCal Secular Humanist Conference, 2011″ and to the "Cal Poly Alliance of Happy Atheists".[6] McAfee has also been critical of atheists who "pray," stating that they "are not atheists."[7]

Work[edit]

McAfee's first book, Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings, was self-published, but it was quickly acquired by a boutique book publisher Dangerous Little Books.[8] As a result of the strong positive response to his self-published book and his newly awarded Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, McAfee signed a contract with Dangerous Little Books to publish a revised and expanded second edition which goes beyond the content of the first release.[8]

McAfee's introductory book examines the world of Christianity and attempts to refute many of its key principles. He also strives to arm rational-minded people with key facts to challenge Christian dogmatism wherever it arises. Using logical evidence as well as passages from the Old and New Testaments, McAfee establishes new arguments against the validity of the Christian religion. He also strives to reorganize and reevaluate some of the more traditional debates between atheists and Christians. Through a scholarly analysis of the biblical texts, McAfee uncovers previously unknown contradictions in modern Christian teachings and why these reveal problems with the founding pillars of Christianity itself.[8][9][10] The book has received mixed reviews. James Zimmerman gave the book a positive review in The Minnesota Atheist while criticisms appear in an on-line review by Christian apologist Tyler R. Vela and a podcast by biblical student and atheist Nicholas Joseph Bruzzese.[11][12][13] One reviewer considered the book a more "polite and respectful" criticism of Christianity and one that would not put off a cultural Christian.[14]

McAfee posted through Facebook and Twitter that he would provide a free copy of his book, in PDF format, to any genuinely interested person who cannot afford the price or would like to "try before buy" until the launch of his second book Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming out as a Non-Believer.[15]

On December 12, 2012, McAfee's second book, Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming out as a Non-Believer, was published. It was written as a guide to coming out as a non-believer in family, social and professional circles. It contains advice and resources for individuals who are interested in publicly rejecting religion as well as real stories from non-believers who had unsupportive family and friends.[16]

McAfee also writes for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, discussing coming out to friends and family as an atheist,[17] and examining religious education in the United States.[18]

A quote from his book Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming out as a Non-Believer was cited by CNN in an article about secular weddings.[19]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Disproving Christianity: Refuting the World's Most Followed Religion. CreateSpace. 2010. ISBN 1-4515-5533-4. 
  • Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2 ed.). Dangerous Little Books. 2011. ISBN 0-9564276-8-5. 
  • Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer. Dangerous Little Books. 2012. ISBN 978-1908675040. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McAfee, David G. "America: One nation under god". American Atheist Magazine 47 (3): 22–23. 
  2. ^ Winston, Kimberly (2013-04-12). "Atheists, the next generation: Unbelief moves further into the mainstream". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  3. ^ McAfee, David G. (2010-03-12). "Diagnosing The God Virus". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Atheist Rejected from Grad School Because of His Activism?". Patheos. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ Silverman, Herb (2011-05-04). "Why do Americans still hate atheists? Herb Silverman explains". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Talks and Debates". Alliance of Happy Atheists, Cal Poly. San Luis Obispo, California. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  7. ^ Kaleem, Jaweed (2013-06-26). "Atheist prayer: Religious activity not uncommon among nonbelievers". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b c "Self published secular author snapped up by controversial publisher" (Press release). Dangerous Little Books. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  9. ^ McAfee, David G. (2011-10-01). "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings" (Press release). Dangerous Little Books. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  10. ^ McAfee 2011.
  11. ^ "Disproving Christianity. Refuting the world’s most followed religion" (book review). The Blessed Atheist Bible Study. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  12. ^ Vela, Tyler R. (2010-09-16). "An Exhaustive (or Exhausting) Book Review: Disproving Christianity, Refuting the World's Most Followed Religion". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. 
    Vela, Tyler R. (2013-07-16). "An Exhaustive (or Exhausting) Book Review: Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2nd ed. Revised)". Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  13. ^ Bruzzese, NJ (host) (2012-11-05) (podcast). The Skeptics' Testament. Episode 1. http://podcastlaboratory.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-s-testament-episode-1.
  14. ^ Zimmerman, James (October 2012). "Book Review: Disproving Christianity". The Minnesota Atheist 20 (9): 14. 
  15. ^ McAfee, David G. (2012-07-20). "Secular author offers free book to interested parties" (Press release). 
  16. ^ McAfee 2012.
  17. ^ McAfee, David G. (2013). "7 Tips for Coming Out as an Atheist". US: Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  18. ^ McAfee, David (2013-09-28). "Why We Should Teach Religion to Children". Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  19. ^ "When God isn't on the guest list". CNN. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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