Top 20 Most Popular

Of the 400+ articles and recordings by Valerie Tarico collected here, these  20 are among the most popular. The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, together receiving over 2 million views and tens of thousands of shares. Enjoy!

Losing Your Religion

Religious Trauma Syndrome – How Some Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems (AlterNet)
The Same God:  Twelve Beliefs the Mormon Church Might Not Want You to Know About
I Don’t Believe in God.  What Should I Call Myself? (AlterNet)
Religion May Not Survive the Internet (Salon)
Test Your Knowledge of Wild, Weird, and Outright Wacky American Religious Beliefs (AlterNet)
Bible vs Quran—Test Your Knowledge of Who Deserves Death in Which Religion
Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed (Salon)

Better Birth Control –Technology, Access, Policy

Birth Control and Weight Gain – Is There a Relationship? (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
Dramatic Drop In Teen Pregnancy Really a Technology Tipping Point (IEET)
A Brief History of Your Period and Why You Don’t Have to Have It (Jezebel)
Pamper, Pamper, Pamper – Plus 9 Other Tips for Falling in Love With Your IUD (Huffington Post)
Ten Bonus Health Benefits of Birth Control (Huffington Post)
9 Clues That Reproductive Policy is Economic Policy (Huffington Post)
The Big Lie About Plan B—What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends (TruthOut)

Abortion Rights

Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift–Changing the Conversation About Reproductive Rights and Moral Values (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
My Abortion Baby (Daily Kos)

Assault on Women and Gays

What the Bible Says About Rape and Rape Babies (AlterNet)
15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women (TruthOut)
Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like if We Actually Followed the Bible (AlterNet)
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington.  She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings, and the founder of  Subscribe at 

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt; Deas and Other Imaginings.
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9 Responses to Top 20 Most Popular

  1. Ferdi Businger says:

    Great list Valerie and a great legacy. I’m a huge fan of your reality-based observations and thoughts, and your provocative writing style.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dr. Sunil Jayasinghe says:

    Great , Valerie please get in touch with me . I have written a book and would like you to review it. I have done extensive research in the Biblical countries and have convincing evidence of the true historicity of Isus ,(ISA Jesus).
    I am about to sign a contract with a publisher. I need your input. Your opinion.
    Pls reply I will give my details once you have okayed to my request.
    Dr. Sunil


  3. Janet Way says:

    Outstanding essay! Thank you!


  4. There was an intelligent and supportive discussion in Vridar, for your writing on Stochastic terrorism.


  5. Marvin Purser says:

    The Bible is a narrative record of hand me down stories, a progressive revelation of God given to a particular people as much as they were willing and able to receive. Since the stories were hand-me-down, the facts within them changed, not intended to be entirely accurate. The major strands of these Old Testament stories are seen as the JED and P histories. In them are double narratives with the names changed to fit the tribe they came from. When King James was alerted to both David and Ehannon killing “Goliath, the Hittite, whose shew was like a weaver’s beam,”he instructed the scribes to add “the son of” in italics for the Elhannon version, so both could be included, rather than removing “the Word of God” in 1611. If you want a couple of other examples. let me know. One in Genesis is told 3 times in that book with the same King Abimelech, but different characters. Abram and Sarai, then Gen. 17:5 states God changed Abram to Abraham” but not Sarah change from Sarai. Then same srory with Abraham and Sarah. Finally same story using Isaac an Rebekkah. To all three girls, the husband at the city limits of Gerar instructs: “Tell King Abimelech your are my sister, so things will go well wirh us.” Then he finds out too late, asks the husband why, explaining… he then, was caused to sin and pays the husband off with a string of farm animals! Gen. 12,22 and 26: Triple narrative. One King, One God and animal payoff.
    Rev. Marvin E. Purser
    Retired Clergy
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    Age 80

    Those who know the Bible and that is all they know, do not know the Bible.

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  6. Robin Reynolds says:

    My husband passed away on October 25 and I’m having hard time! I too once was a believer and I’m so glad I read your article as it helped ground me at least when I’m by myself!


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