Daniel is a 28 year-old loving husband, proud dog owner, and seriously competitive beer-league softball player. He loves good beer, particularly the hearty, malty, Belgian varieties. His hobbies include gourmet cooking, eating spicy food, following news and current events, fantasy football, playing golf, and listening to heavy metal while jogging with his dog.
Daniel was raised in a conservative Christian environment, but came to the conclusion that atheism was the most reasonable position based upon the lack of evidence for the Christian god. He is an amateur/armchair philosopher and has changed positions about many things over his lifetime, because critical thinking is a bitch when you apply it to your own ideas. He aspires to pay off his student loans, travel through Europe, and attend a UFC event before he dies. He is a very happy fat guy.
Samuel Won is an alumnus of the University of California, Davis. He received a B.S. in Computer Science, with a minor in Asian American Studies. He believes that minor helps salvage his humanity whenever he is in front of a computer screen for too long.
Sam’s hobbies include intarweb forums, listening to obscure music, video games, and outdoor activities/re-connections to the outside world with his girlfriend. He supposes walks along the beach during sunset would be nice too.
Sam recalls his first steps toward atheism came about around age 8 or 10, after imagining what an afterlife would be like. He first thought about the concept of heaven, and felt it to be more and more ridiculous the more he thought about it. When he hypothesized of no afterlife after death, he realized he would be okay with such a thing. This opened up a floodgate of new critical thinking, as it dawned on him that unpopular ideas should not automatically be counted wrong. By this time he was around 13 or 14. In retrospect he is glad he never hung around a Hot Topic for too long.
Today he is an agnostic atheist, and he thinks that’s worth talking about every week. Here he is enjoying his metal music in his natural habitat.
Dalton McGee is a Lutheran baptized, United Church of Christ confirmed anti-theist who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is an alumnus of
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in Creative Writing and is an avid dog-owner. He attributes his anti-religiosity to his pro-intellectual background and regularly questions anyone who claims that they “aren’t religious necessarily per se, but spiritual.” He enjoys fine beer and finer bourbon though he rarely can afford either. His adoration of his dog Jasper borders on fanatical and they like to spend time at the local watering holes around Bushwick and Williamsburg. When he’s not working, he is thinking about blogging, fiction writing and poker, but usually just ends up catching up on brilliant television. He also occasionally blogs over at http://daltonmcgee.com.
Anthony David Jacques
Anthony David Jacques has been published both online and in print, including the 2011 collection, Warmed and Bound : A Velvet Anthology.
He was raised all over the Midwest in a charismatic Assemblies of God family. By the age of seven Anthony began noting logical problems in various Bible stories, but his fearful deference to authority held sway for nearly two decades to come.
He graduated from North Central Bible College in 2004 with a degree in Music Theory and served as a Music Pastor until early 2009, when the questions of his youth, and many collected since then, became too much to allow him to lead worship in good conscience.
Anthony completed his Graduate Gemology program in 2011. He now lives in San Diego, CA, with his wife and daughter, and is currently refining his taste in Irish whiskey and English tobacco.
Michael Gage is currently a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Prior to that, he earned a B.S. in psychology with minors in philosophy and religious studies. Mike was raised in the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal sect of Christianity that holds many fundamentalist beliefs. During his teenage and college years, Mike began rejecting the literal truth of the Bible and eventually the existence of any god altogether. His areas of interest include philosophy, New Testament studies, and science. In his spare time, Mike enjoys reading fiction and spending time with his wife and young son. He also writes for the blog: http://foxholeatheism.com.