The Possibility Will Always Remain

Yes, it’s another one of these posts. You see, I have written myself over to a corner dominated by opinionated Christians and I am having a little bit of trouble getting myself back to the other side of the room. But I do like this discussion. And I appreciate the efforts of those who want to save me. After…

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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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Creation Arguments for Christmas!

Today we received a Christmas gift in the mail from my sister-in-law: What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy (Volumes I and II). I assume many of you are familiar with it. If not, you can watch it for free on YouTube. I’m not going to review it. I watched it, but I hardly paid…

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Distracted by God

I know. I’m not posting as much as usual. I just started a new job in a whole new industry, so my mind has been elsewhere lately. I’m sure you can understand. Distractions happen. Life happens. I’ve been experiencing a bit of that nagging feeling that I should be reading other blogs and paying attention…

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In the Lottery of Life and Death

I lost my older sister to Breast Cancer five years ago today. She was 39 years old, less than 6 months shy of her 40th birthday. I’ll be 40 in April. So today it is impossible for me to ignore what it would mean to lose my life right now. I know it’s a lottery. Anything can…

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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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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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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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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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