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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Are Christians Hated for Their faith?

Are Christians hated for their faith? This question reminds me of when people claim to be hated because they are beautiful. Much like basic Christian teachings, most people are drawn to beauty rather than repelled by it. It’s weird how these vain beauties never seem to notice all the other beautiful people who are not…

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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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Do People of Faith Make Better Leaders?

Carly Fiorina isn’t trying to get my vote. I know it, and she knows it. So is it surprising that she would alienate voters like me entirely? No. Is it a good idea? Much like the sincerity of her faith, that may be irrelevant. But I’d still like to talk about her bullshit views on…

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I Will Wait On Him

Another monthly journal entry! (Notes: Scott was our drummer. Heather was his girlfriend who joined us for a week of tour while we were in Kansas. Today Scott and Heather are married with three children, and Scott is a Pastor.)   Saturday, March 11, 1995 So much happened today! We went to Tia’s house, and…

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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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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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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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After All, What Problem Is Too Big for Him?

Time for my monthly journal share…. Things were getting very emotional by the end of tour. A lot of love and hate in between all that soul-saving. Even between me and Dave. Who would have thought those dumb kids would still be in love twenty years later? I guess I did. Of course, the twist…

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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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