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By Herb Silverman

An Atheist for Governor of South Carolina?

In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.

Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state's constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office.

Candidate Without a Prayer offers an intimate portrait of a central player in today's increasingly heated culture wars. It will be sure to charm both believers and nonbelievers alike, and will lead all those who care about the separation of church and state to give thanks.


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Herb Silverman is Founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. He founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC, and was founder and faculty advisor to the College of Charleston student Atheist/Humanist Alliance. He is a board member of the American Humanist Association as well as a Humanist Celebrant, advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance, and member of the Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has written for "On Faith" at the Washington Post and for the Huffington Post. He has spoken at a number of conferences and written articles for The Humanist and other freethought publications. He has appeared in a number of debates representing the humanist point of view, including one at the Oxford Union in Oxford, England on the topic: Does American Religion Undermine American Values?

"Silverman delights in contradictions and provocation, such as debating the existence of God with fundamentalists in the Deep South."


-- Kirkus Reviews


"Atheists have a reputation for being abrasive, pugnacious, and scornful. But Silverman isn't like that at all. He's a breath of fresh air."


-- Foreword Reviews


"Silverman single-handedly puts a lie to the popular slander that all atheists are angry, immoral, and pessimistic. He is one of the funniest, most ebullient people I know."


-- Charleston City Paper


"This is one of the few autobiographies that I would pick up again; there is much to be learned from those, like Silverman, that have been actively and positively changing the world around them for so many years."


-- Friendly Atheist

Herb Silverman's articles appear regularly on the Washington Post's On Faith blog.

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