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The Daily, "The Mediator"
"Chris Stedman builds bridges. He's a former evangelical — now atheist — who sometimes still slips into believer-speak. He's a prolific blogger and the author of the forthcoming book, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Also, he's gay. In short, he should be a kind of walking casualty of the culture wars.
But he's not. He's a survivor, and in his work as assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard, in his many speaking engagements and in his writing, he models how people with opposing perspectives can actually find common ground, work together and differ respectfully… Stedman and his contemporaries acknowledge that argumentation needn't be nasty, and they model for the rest of us what it looks like to discuss sensitive topics peacefully.
Fortunately, it seems Stedman's message and methods are catching on, even though many atheists still dislike him. He recently announced to his 3,000-plus Facebook fans that he was invited to a White House forum, but that he was already signed on for a conference in Vegas that weekend and had to decline. Looks like the world needs more Chris Stedmans."
Religion Dispatches, "Top Ten Peacemakers in the Science-Religion Wars"
"5. Chris Stedman, interfaith activist and super-swell atheist guy, for decoupling atheism from science, and for being the face of a kinder, gentler atheism
This year saw the softening of the atheist universe. Perhaps the Four Horseman came out hard because they had to, but in their wake have emerged atheists who are more interested in dialogue and shared values than in pounding the snot out of other people’s notions of God. Don't get me wrong; Stedman is the real atheist deal. He’s just not throwing grenades…"
Huffington Post, "Backlash to Lowe's Low"
"…An atheist, Chris Stedman may seem to be an unlikely advocate for the rights of Muslims, but he has proven that justice and tolerance are not confined to any particular religious, or non-religious, group. His goal is to eventually see interfaith cooperation become a social norm. Such selfless voices of reason and integrity represent what America is all about. Religious differences should be used as a force to build relationships, not tear them apart…"
The Friendly Atheist, "Those Atheists You Hate Aren't Really All That Bad"
"…Chris isn't hiding from [difficult conversations]… Really. He's a gay atheist who works within the interfaith community — those issues come up all the time and he has no problem speaking up for himself. His method of showing religious people why there’s nothing wrong with his atheism or sexuality doesn’t involve publicly trashing other people or humiliating them. He makes his point through his actions…"
Inside Higher Ed, "Atheist, on a Religious Campus"
"…Robinson’s experience is typical, said Chris Stedman, the interfaith and community service fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. A former Christian who became atheist after wrestling with theology and his sexual orientation, Stedman has been interested in interfaith work since he became a student at Augsburg College, an affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. At Augsburg, Stedman realized that in conversations about interfaith engagement, atheists were absent. (Some Augsburg students began forming an "atheist, agnostic and secular humanist" group this year, however.) The lack of such a group when he was a student didn’t sit right with Stedman…"
Think, McFly, Think!, "A Roman Catholic and an Atheist Walk Into a Bar: Chris Stedman on Living"
"…Stedman believes – and rightfully so – it is important for us to claim our identities proudly in order to connect our own welfare with the common good. Contrary to the fears of some that celebrating a pluralistic society will drive us apart, Stedman identifies his dignity and identity both as an atheist and as a queer person – his very authentic identity, as such – as connected to the dignity and identities of others. Simply put, 'living together' is 'living well.' And this is way Stedman believes atheists should be involved in interreligious dialogue—they are part of the “we” of this world, and their voices deserve to be heard. In addition, atheists—again, contrary to the fears of some—can help humanize public dialogues…"
Crosslight, "Faith in Atheism"
"…Frequently consigned to the views of those held up as the face of atheism (see Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens), many in attendance reflected much more diversity of opinion, appearance and background than is often reported in mainstream media… Chris Stedman, the interfaith and community service fellow for the humanist chaplaincy at Harvard University, attended the convention and took part in several fringe events – notably 'The Road Less Travelled: Can Believers and Atheists work together to achieve the common good?' A former evangelical Christian, now atheist and author, Mr. Stedman writes on the role of atheists and secular humanists in interfaith coalitions and more generally the state of relations between the religious and the non-religious… [His] may seem an unlikely position and perhaps not an especially popular one amongst attendees of the convention if one is to gauge popular opinion by Richard Dawkins' remarks…"
Huffington Post, “Religion Stories Of 2011: The Top 11"
"We are all familiar with the Angry Atheists, but that is so last year. There is a new brand of secular humanists that is requesting a place at the religion table, instead of trying to over turn it. Articulating their beliefs, organizing charity work, doing interfaith work and gathering in supportive community, these secular activists are gaining the respect of religious communities in direct proportion to the suspicion of atheist hardliners."
The Canberra Times, “Losing My Religion”
"It was while studying religion at college, originally with the intention of becoming a minister, that Chris Stedman realised he was an atheist. Mr. Stedman, who was hosted in Canberra by the ANU League of Godlessness, the Canberra Atheist Church and the Canberra Atheist Meetup Group, yesterday addressed a crowd at the Australian National University. The writer and Harvard University fellow, who is touring Australia, grew up in a non-religious home in America's mid-west but joined an evangelical church at the age of 11…"
Daniel Silliman, "Atheism after New Atheism"
"What happens after New Atheism? …add in Chris Stedman's attempts to integrate atheists into interfaith work and his forthcoming book, Faitheist, 'The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious,' and one does sense perhaps the beginnings of atheism after New Atheism."
Pink Play Magazine Toronto, "Ending the Holy War"
"…As a Christian, Brereton says, he often feels as divorced from this 'tribe' as much as any atheist, but activist Chris Stedman sees this as an opportunity. His upcoming book is called Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious and it's a manifesto for cooperation from someone who's been on both sides. A former Christian evangelical, Stedman came out as gay and subsequently left the faith. What's new, however, is that he now works as an atheist interfaith activist, trying to build bridges between Christianity and Islam and heal some of the vicious bigotry that sparked the horrific massacre of Sikhs in a temple this summer, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin…"
"…In the new memoir 'Faitheist', Chris Stedman tells of his struggle to engage in service and community across religious boundaries. He is on the vanguard of attempts to break down those barriers of nontheist allergies to religion and religious allergies to naturalism…”
"Chris Stedman is sprawled across an aisle seat of a Southwest 747. His grin is framed by stubble and a straight-visored baseball cap that reads OBEY. Tattooed to his upper right arm, is the Carl Sagan quote, ‘For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love’…”
Zac Parsons, "The Best Friend of Religion… is an Atheist? Chris Stedman"
"…The raw honesty of [Chris Stedman's] storytelling is both captivating and inspiring. Like a tragic hero, he is knocked down time and time again, only to rise stronger. His prose is eloquent, and elegant. His story is beautiful. I have no doubt that it will be a hugely impactful and influential book in the lives of thousands…"