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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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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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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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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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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Evil-Hearted Me

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit…

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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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I Think God Was Definitely Involved

This morning I offer you more embarrassing journal entries from my youth. To clarify, a “comeback” was the evening concert we invited kids to at the end of the school assembly. We promised an all-music concert, but what they didn’t know was that it would be Christian music. And lot’s of talk about God. If you want to…

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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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Living on the Edge

I have followed a handful of stories concerning pastors who have lost faith. I read their blogs, listen to their podcast interviews, and I follow them on social media. I like their stories because they understand two polar opposite sides equally. They have a story I can relate to. And they are usually pretty good…

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Six Degrees from Satan

I remember exactly how it felt to believe in god completely. The girl I was then could never have seen what was coming. She would have hated knowing that a future without god awaited her. It would have meant failure. She had worked hard to build a firm foundation in faith. She had created a…

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Doubt and the Endless Possibilities

At first it was that one nagging thought. Religion is how mankind chooses to fill in the gaps where God has been unclear. That’s an awful lot of space to fill. What is the probability that one religion somehow managed to get all the answers right? Doubt has a bad reputation, but it is the…

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