The Tiniest Puzzle of Doubt

What made me change my mind?  Christians always want to know. Forget this blog where I regularly seek out new ways to put into words how faith escaped me. The short answer is that I simply allowed myself to doubt. I know that means nothing to the person who hasn’t experienced it; I can’t explain the freedom of doubt to…

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Is God Stalking You?

Christians criticize atheists for talking about religion so much, but it affects all of us. And for those of us who devoted years of our lives to god before losing him? Well, we have more to say than most. We share our stories not only to reach out to others, but to keep explaining all…

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Maybe I’m Not the Enemy

If someone desperately wanted to agree with me and had spent years finding ways to support my point of view, I would like to think I would be more forgiving when they ultimately could not come to the same conclusion. But it doesn’t work that way, does it? Not with politics. Not with relationships. And…

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What If I Am Wrong?

What if I am wrong? What if god is something beyond our senses or understanding? Who am I to declare that there is no god at all? I suppose my atheism was initially born as a response to the popular god concepts I have known best. Had all discussions about god been more abstract and…

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An Unknown God

Will atheists and theists ever overcome our different approaches when it comes to seeking the truth? One of us is searching for answers without making any assumptions while the other claims to have found truth based almost entirely on assumptions. Finding common ground is ridiculous at best. If god is real then every obstacle to…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Losing God in the Pages of The Bible

Many atheists claim that the number one reason they do not believe in god is because they have read the bible. In fairness, this only eliminates one particular god; but the overall conclusion one draws from mankind’s ability to create a god at this level must also affect one’s belief in all other gods. But why…

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