We Will Always Be Okay

Having strong opinions on controversial topics can be hazardous to friendships, but in most cases we know exactly what to expect and who to expect it from. Religion is different. I recently became more open about my atheism on Facebook and it wasn’t at all what I expected. I wasn’t a jerk about it, so…

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Regretting an Abstinence Education

Someday you’ll regret it. If there is one message that rang through loud and clear during my teenage years it was that sex was something to regret. Virginity was sacred. You can’t get it back. Wait until you are ready and give that gift to the right one, otherwise when the right one comes along…

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Purify Your Mind

“Don’t trust the experts. If you want a relationship you can trust, read the Bible. That’s where you’ll find the experts of the experts.” My mother-in-law. Much of what she says involves puns or comes out sounding like an advertising slogan. It might be the thing I like most about her. But this specific advice…

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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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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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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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Am I A Broken Record?

Christians sure do know a lot about god. I know what they see when they see me. They see a woman living under god. Denying him, sure; but they are unable to see me without him always being in the picture. And I say “him” because the only god they see is also a paternal…

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Fine. Let’s Talk About Burden of Proof.

Is there intelligent life out there? I think life existing somewhere in the vast universe is more than probable, but I also think we haven’t found it yet. I don’t know anything about those beings outside of my hunch that they exist. How much accurate conversation can we have about it? We could make up theories…

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Is Creation Evangelism the Answer?

Someone recently shared an article with me about the importance of creation evangelism in the world today. Apparently creation apologetics is the only hope for the future of Christianity: because if you don’t believe in a literal Genesis, why should you believe in the story of Christ? Why, indeed. The article went on to say…

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Evil-Hearted Me

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit…

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When the Parent/Child Relationship is God Conditional

I know many of you have lost friends and family along with your faith, but that part is something that is new to me. Having grown up with liberal parents and not currently having close friends who care about my atheism, my whole world hasn’t felt in danger because of my honesty about this. The people in my life…

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What Would It Take?

A common theme for ex-Christians which I have addressed (and no doubt will continue to address) are the assumptions Christians make about our personal walk with god before abandoning him. They know we couldn’t possibly have ever understood god the way they understand him. They believe we are simply missing a piece of the puzzle that…

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