Title of Presentation: Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts
Date & Time: Sunday, June 2 9:00 am
Location: Del Mar
Presentation Summary: Damned Good Company, Granados’ first book, is a Profiles in Courage for humanists: twenty stories of men and women who stood up to the God experts of their time and said, “No! I don’t believe you speak for God, and I’m not going to do what you say.” Some of Damned Good Company’s heroes are well-known: Socrates, Erasmus, Voltaire, Paine, Atatürk, Nehru, Steve Biko. Others are not: people like Han Yü, banished from the Chinese court for questioning worship of the Buddha’s finger, and Lucy Harris, who nearly extinguished Mormonism before it got off the ground. Each hero is contrasted with a villain of his time and place: either a God expert like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith or a cynical politician like Mussolini, who never believed in God but exploited religion to advance his political ambition. Sometimes the villains are even more interesting than the heroes!
Biography: Luis Granados is a Washington attorney and a student of the scandals of religious history. His monthly “God Experts” blog relates a current headline or anniversary to an episode from the past. He is also director of Humanist Press, the publishing arm of AHA, producing high-quality ebooks on all aspects of humanism, and the project manager of AHA’s popular new title, A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-first Century. He is also the author of Damned Good Company–Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts.