Jewish Journal


February 26, 2009

That’s William Lobdell in the corner



The former LA Times reporter’s memoir, “Losing My Religion,” was published yesterday. It’s an expansion of the 2007 Column One William Lobdell wrote about losing his faith on the religion beat. It’s not a malady I share, but it’s a book I plan to read.

So far his memoir is selling well—currently No. 5 on Amazon in religious memoirs and No. 6 in memoirs by journalists—and Lobdell has been happy about the early reviews. I particularly liked the quick treatment from Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist:

He’s not out to (de-)convert you, just to tell you how he became an atheist himself. In that sense, this is a book that religious people can read from front to back without wanting to burn it. (Which I suspect will make it less popular among die-hard atheists, unfortunately.)

If you’re someone who only recently became an atheist, or someone who’s only thinking about it, this is a book that could help you along the way. If you’re religious, it can help you understand why some atheists choose the path that we do.

Lobdell, my source this cartoon of Obama the Muslim radical, blogs here.

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