I Dare Not Tell a Lie If It Would Save My Life

All one had to do was simply admit they were a witch. There has been much speculation as to why the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 unfolded so quickly and dramatically. After all, people had been accused and sentenced for witchcraft before. This was a time and place where the devil was known to actively…

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Well-Reasoned Nonsense

This morning a person who I believe to be an intelligent man warned that a smart person could offer well-reasoned nonsense. Yeah, I know. The first thing that comes to mind is religion for me, too. But this man is a Christian and he was making the point against science. There is a belief among…

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Worthwhile Interactions (Or….Burden of Proof Part III)

We have all been there. We’re reading a blog, watching TV, scanning social media, or maybe just having a conversation. And we are thinking to ourselves, “This person is a complete idiot.” Maybe they are and maybe they aren’t. But our reaction to that alleged stupidity speaks volumes about us. What is the relationship between…

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The Superstition of God

I remember the last promise I made to god. I hadn’t been to church in a couple of years and prayer had become a thing I did on occasion, briefly, and always with the feeling that I hadn’t earned god’s attention. My heart wasn’t in it. For some reason I believed I first needed to…

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Meaning and Fairytales

What is going on lately? It seems like everywhere I look there is another Christian going on about how meaningless the atheist’s view of life is. That’s not a good belief! There’s no greater force out there controlling things? If this is it and then we die….what’s the point? I’ll admit, in the wide sea…

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Give Me the Pieces That Fit

It is now impossible for me to ignore the role of personality when it comes to belief. Conversations with others over the years have made it quite clear that we all approach truth differently. And it extends far beyond a belief in god. I experience a higher level of satisfaction when the pieces fit into…

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After All, What Problem Is Too Big for Him?

Time for my monthly journal share…. Things were getting very emotional by the end of tour. A lot of love and hate in between all that soul-saving. Even between me and Dave. Who would have thought those dumb kids would still be in love twenty years later? I guess I did. Of course, the twist…

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Jesus, My Horcrux

I was late to the Harry Potter party. The fourth movie was showing on HBO one night and I said, “whatever.” But I guess I was in the right mood because I went ahead and watched the first three movies, too. Then I went out and bought the books. This was just a few weeks…

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Coming Out

I don’t believe in god. If you are wondering what’s the big deal?  I couldn’t agree more. I love religious conversation, but the mere fact that one might not believe in god seems incredibly uninteresting on its own. Unfortunately not everyone shares our idea that we are all free to believe whatever we want to believe….

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You of Little Faith, Why Are You So Afraid?

Do Christians really believe god is in control? I know from my own experience that faith should always be a work in progress, but god being in control is a pretty basic principle. Nothing happens without god’s approval. It’s all part of his plan. I know it’s been a while, but I still understand the rules. Where…

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Is Intelligent Design Obvious?

  How can we look at the world around us and say there is no god? I bet you’ve heard that more times than you can count. As a Christian this was never an argument I used. When other Christians would talk about the beauty of god’s perfect design I would nod in agreement, but…

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Christians Making Fools of Themselves

  I have a relative who is always sharing things from Allen West’s Facebook page. This mostly means I see a lot of articles from a website called Young Conservatives in my news feed, which is the worst of the worst. They are so absurd that I seldom click on these links, but the other day I…

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Possibly the Worst Argument Against Atheism

  I came across this article from The Catholic Register about Andy Bannister’s book The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist. Andy is promoting it as a humorous Christian apologetics book that he thinks atheists will enjoy reading, too. This article offers no clues to the validity of that thought. One thing that stuck out to me…

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Satisfying An Atheist Curiosity

One question I get asked frequently is, “How can you be satisfied with not knowing?”  That’s a funny question, isn’t it? I’m not satisfied. But it’s more complicated than that. I have a curious mind and I want to absorb as much truth as I can in the small time I’m given. I would be…

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