This Sunday author Tom Mates joins Atheists Talk to discuss his new book, My Own Church: A Nonbeliever Looks At Post-Christian America. Instead of trying to answer the question of whether gods exist or arguing for the elimination of religion, Dr. Mates urges believers to recognize that religion is too personal to be applied as a source of moral absolutes.
Dr. Mates is a proponent of respectful, non-adversarial conversation that considers the entire spectrum of belief. In My Own Church, he explores the roles that fundamentalism and anti-theism have had in bringing us to the current state of the discourse on religion and belief, and he urges us to do better.
Dr. Mates is an analytical chemist and the author of the 2011 book A Judeo-Islamic Nation: The Evolution of America's Political Theology.