Star Map is a touching and deeply personal philosophical memoir that explores the meaning of morality and life itself. Lewis Vaughn recounts his struggle with fanatical faith and his frantic search for truth and meaning. His journey transforms him from a young Christian fundamentalist to a disillusioned agnostic to an atheist seeker of meaning in a godless world. Along the way he stumbles on the strongest empirical argument against the reliability of faith as a source of knowledge, and sees that life does indeed have meaning without religion. In the end, he never regains the faith he lost, but finds something better.
The book has received positive reviews by some noted individuals in the secular community, including Dan Barker of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who says "this warm but powerful memoir reveals that real meaning comes from this world, not from above," Bart Ehrman, author of Misquoting Jesus, who calls it “a superb narrative for anyone who wonders if there can be meaning after faith,” and Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc, who calls it "a compelling memoir of Vaughn's courageous journey from darkness into light."
The author, Lewis Vaughn, is a writer specializing in philosophy, ethics, critical thinking, and religion. He is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including The Power of Critical Thinking, How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age; and Anthology of World Religions. He is also the former executive editor of Free Inquiry magazine and the cofounder and former editor of Philo, a philosophy journal.
Star Map is the sixth book published by the Twin Cities based Freethought House. All proceeds from their first publication, Atheist Voices of Minnesota, continue to benefit Minnesota Atheists – nearly $4,000 has been donated to Minnesota Atheists thus far.
Star Map: A Journey of Faith Doubt and Meaning, released May 2, 2017, is available from Freethoughthouse.com, Amazon.com, B&N.com, and other booksellers. Also available in eBook.