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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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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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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Defining Paradise

What is paradise like? As a kid I made assumptions about paradise being a place of perfection that was beyond my comprehension. It was useless to think too hard about the logistics of it because paradise was designed by god, therefore making it completely reasonable that it must be everything it needs to be and…

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Holding On To Religion

I really haven’t talked that much about religion over the past decade. I haven’t written about it secretly, or even thought too hard on the subject. If you have been reading this blog you might find this a bit surprising. But I didn’t want the atheist label, and I didn’t see the point in disrupting…

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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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Where Is God Leading Them?

So you have finally come to a place in your life where you are comfortable with the loss of god. You can admit his absence out loud without fear that you will be struck down; which was always weird anyway, since “struck down” individuals never did seem to have any relevance to faith. Maybe 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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Abandoning Christ in a Christ-Centered Marriage

If you had asked me on my wedding day, “What is the most important ingredient in a happy marriage?” I would not have hesitated. The answer would be god. At that time in my life I had no doubt that my marriage would last. Not because we were so in love, or because we were committed…

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There Is No Burden of Proof

In the war between atheists and theists, I am not interested in “burden of proof” discussions. Most atheists do not claim to know for a fact that god doesn’t exist, but many of them do enjoy arguing it with absolute certainty. They present their case as if they are participating in an evidence-based debate that someone could actually win. And I’ll admit, this…

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

If I see a ghost, does that mean there is life after death? I can appreciate a good ghost hunt. A while back I wrote a related story about one of my more memorable ghost hunts on my autism parenting blog. I didn’t see a ghost myself, but I enjoyed getting in the way of…

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I Am Not God’s Favored Gender

The only times I have ever wondered if I might be worth less than a man has been while reading the bible. That isn’t what my church taught, of course. My church told me that women were equal to men. They also told me that the husband was the head of the household and that wives should…

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Existing Closer to God

Over and over again atheists receive the message from Christians that we simply do not exist. It seems like a poor starting point for constructive dialog, but the bible is always getting in the way of that. For some reason Christians find it easy to have unshakable faith in the bible’s ability to speak for…

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Working with Jesus

It was a Saturday morning like any other. I had come into work early for the monthly store meeting. I was sitting at a table with four other girls dressed in long khaki skirts and blue button down shirts. The others shuffled in, nodding politely in our direction. Among this crowd we were the black…

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Childhood Fears

I recently posted an interview with my husband about faith. He is forty years old and still carries a fear of hell and satanic forces from his childhood. He knows it isn’t rational, but he cannot completely let it go. He, like so many others, were raised in a household where everything was sent through…

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Eternal Life on Heaven or Earth?

We’ve come a long way in understanding how the human body works, but someday they will look at us and laugh. This is only the beginning of modern medicine. Just wait. We can now imagine a future where almost any body part might be recreated. But the brain….that’s the puzzle that keeps us all mortal….

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Of Faith and Relevance

It’s funny how religion can mean everything or nothing. I grew up in a household that seldom talked about god. A friend of my older sister invited her to vacation bible school one summer and I tagged along. When it was over, an older couple offered to pick us up and take us to regular…

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