How Well Do You Know the One True God?

I read a post today, responding to the accusation that atheists just happen to believe in one less god than Christians. I don’t really care about that argument, specifically. What difference does it make? It doesn’t get to the heart of the real difference between atheists and Christians, and it is only ever used to…

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Belief In God Can Be Beneficial

I was a passionate believer in Christianity, and I unwillingly dismantled that belief a thousand times before giving in. When it comes to the Christian faith, I have no doubt. I can never believe again. But could there be some other definition of God? Can’t I, too, look around and imagine that all of this…

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I Might Not Be Your Flower to Pick

I came across some Christian advice this morning which left me pleasantly surprised. A blogger had shared an October post from Jayson D. Bradley’s site. It was a response to the question: How can I convince my atheist friend? And I found no objection to it. I especially liked the following explanation:   Don’t get me…

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Where Can You Find Comfort?

This morning when the doorbell rang, I did what I always do—I called my husband to answer it. He opened the door to find two Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Good morning, we just wanted to share a thought with you from the Bible. There’s so many terrible things happening in the world, have you ever wondered why God allows that?” My…

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This Is Not Part of God’s Plan

If you believe in the Christian Bible, you have at least a vague idea about what might be on God’s agenda. You have read Revelations and watched Jack Van Impe, and you are pretty sure you know how this all ends. And so, I suspect, you are already 100% certain that God is NOT planning…

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Who Created God?

Who Created God? For fun, I thought maybe I would Google this question. You know—refresh myself on the arguments most Christians assume exist, but seldom bother to look into. This mystery never troubled me as a believer, either. Because as a Christian I knew the correct answer to this question is, and has always been: We…

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Take It on the Run

Lying flat on a cold table, I held my breath as REO Speedwagon filled the X-ray room. I was relieved I didn’t have to remove any clothing this time—although I wished I had removed my shoes before climbing on. I thought about taking them off, but it felt like breaking the rules; as if the choice…

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Warning: Do Not Put Your Faith in Science

Why do Christian apologists keep saying this? I know very few former Christians who could honestly point to science as the thing that shook their faith. Most people hardly think about, or even understand the most crucial debates between theologians and scientists; it’s enough that someone on their side has an argument to offer at…

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Slippery Slope

My thoughts belong to me alone, and I refuse to feel guilty about how they might hurt others. My words and my actions can and do have consequences, but my thoughts are how I sort it all out. And I believe the guilt I feel over what runs through my mind in any given moment…

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Losing Faith in God Was the Easy Part

When you believe in God with all your heart and mind, you cannot doubt him. When you first question the actions and words coming from your own flock; or even the words of the Bible—still, the question of God’s existence is never on the table. Even during those fleeting moments when you catch a glimpse…

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Mothering Without Faith

I didn’t think I would be a mother. As a newlywed I did want children someday, but not any time soon. That was something for the future. And when you’re twenty, that future exists in a whole other lifetime. It’s funny, because I do feel as if I have lived many lifetimes since then. The longer you wait, the…

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No Flowers

It was on this day in 1909 that an unusual funeral was held in the small town of Ada, Ohio. William H. Morrow, a Baptist minister-turned-atheist, had carved out a respectable name for himself among his neighbors. He had offered his services as Health Officer for twenty years, free of charge; and he was President…

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Good and Worldly

The Christian faith teaches that we are sinful by nature and only God is good. If he didn’t work through us to reveal his goodness, where would that leave us? On our own we are only capable of evil. Humility and self-loathing would be too great if it were not balanced by the belief that God is working through us…

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A Complimentary Uproar

There is a photo that was posted on Facebook last Easter; and again this year I found it popping up in my news feed. It shows three New York City skyscrapers lit up with crosses on Easter Sunday, 1956. The caption reads: The NYC skyline during Easter of 1956. There would probably be an uproar…

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Does My Lack of Belief Sound Crazy to You?

There is a theme I see running through Christian posts about atheists, and it always seems to come back to a lack of understanding about how differently two people can see the world. It’s all subjective…. What inspires us. What makes sense. What gives us purpose. We don’t all agree on these things, and many people…

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I Love You In Spite of Your Atheism

“I love you in spite of your atheism.” It’s a joke between me and my husband. But for a couple like us, who once gave god authority over our relationship, there is a whole lot of serious meaning in those words. We are not entirely in the same boat. Maybe we never have been. But,…

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The Magic of Creation

When I was kid I spent a lot of time wandering the woods around my house. I would make up stories about who and where I was, usually involving some kind of epic fantasy adventure. I used to imagine I was looking for a magical secret world that could be found through a hidden door…

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Seek and You Shall Find Whatever You Want to Find

Seek and you shall find. This is the number one piece of advice you will hear if you confess your doubt to a Christian. I haven’t written much on the blog this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been having the conversation. I believe there were at least eight separate attempts to save my…

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