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TrustingDoubt was the YouTube channel owned by Valerie Tarico, PhD., named after her book of the same title. It has recently been renamed Valerie Tarico.

Valerie is a psychologist, author, and former director of the Children's Behavior and Learning Clinic in Belluvue, Washington. She is the author of the book The Dark Side: How Evangelical Teachings Corrupt Love and Truth (Seattle: Dea, 2006), revised and republished as Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light (Hamilton, VA: Oracle Institute, 2010); and a chapter in The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, edited by John W. Loftus (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2010) and recently a chapter in The End of Christianity, edited also by John W. Loftus (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011).

She often writes for the Huffington Post, found in the Green and Religion sections, and She is a founder of, an interactive site that allows users to find and discuss information about virtues that emerge repeatedly across secular and religious wisdom traditions. She writes a bi-weekly series, "Character Corner" for a parenting site, The Community of Mindful Parents.

Tarico was raised in a staunch fundamentalist family. Tarico attended Wheaton College of Billy Graham fame. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. For years Tarico maintained a psychotherapy practice and practiced "don't ask, don't tell" about matters of faith. But as it became clear that Evangelicals were opening a public conversation about Christianity, she decided to join the fray. She shrank her practice and began writing and speaking about fundamentalism, American style.

Tarico is actively engaged in interspiritual dialogue that aims to find common ground between theists and freethinkers, in particular by focusing on humanity's shared moral core. She speaks regionally on topics such as moral development, the psychology of belief, and wisdom convergence as well as the dark side of traditional dogmas.

Only one of her brothers thinks that she is actually channeling Satan.


Using her amazing skills and knowledge in the field of psychology, Valerie has nicely demonstrated how the God of the Bible is an invention of the human mind. Carefully examining the nature and characteristics of God, Valerie reveals God's set of emotions and a mindset perfectly only reflects that of a human mind. Valerie argues that a God, such as the Abrahamic God, cannot exist due to the clear human aspects of his character.

Her material delves deep into the psychology of belief and the nature of God. On YouTube, she has made a series growing in popularity called "God's Emotions: Why the Biblical God is So Very Human". Text versions of these are in her blog "Away Point".

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