Candidate Without a Prayer
An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt
Publication Date: June 2012
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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.
About the AuthorHerb Silverman is Founder and President of the Secular CoaliHerb Silverman is Founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mation for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor thematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law thatof South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law that required religious belief to hold public office. After an e required religious belief to hold public office. After an eight-year battle, Herb won a unanimous decision in the Southight-year battle, Herb won a unanimous decision in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious te Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious test requirement. st requirement.
Richard Dawkins, voted Prospect magazine's #1 World Thinker, has previously published 11 books, all still in print, including The Selfish Gene, the blockbuster bestseller The God Delusion, and his magnum opus The Ancestor's Tale. Dawkins is a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.