The Godless CongregationSo, How Exactly Should Atheists Celebrate the Holidays?
This past Sunday at the Humanist Hub, I gave a talk– more like led a discussion– on “Holiday Magic (for Atheists).” It’s our first time celebrating this season in an open, membership-based community of atheists, agnostics and allies who have their own space. The talk/discussion was dedicated to figuring out how we feel about this time of [Read More...]
Love, Joy, Feminism#DefendTheDuggars (Sort of)
I’ve said it before on social media and I’ll say it again here. The mocking of Duggar children is not something I can get behind. Criticize the Duggar parents for what they’re doing to their children, criticize Jim Bob, Michelle, and Josh for their anti-LGBT activism, that’s fair game. Mocking the kids isn’t.
Notes Toward a New ChimeraCriticism of a Christian by a Non-Firebrand Atheist, Part I
I’ve been spending a lot of time criticizing firebrand atheists for what I perceive to be counterproductive tactics. As I’ve said before, I believe that criticism of religious beliefs, texts, and practices is essential. My concern is that firebrand atheism all too often alienates religious believers through implicit or explicit ridicule. An example is when [Read More...]
Leaving FundamentalismMock the prophet, get mauled: Morality lessons with ACE
Do you know the story of Elisha and the bears? Don’t feel bad if not: it’s one of those Bible stories most Christians would prefer to gloss over. In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins uses it as evidence that the Bible is barbaric. Christians who don’t believe the Bible is inerrant are quick to file [Read More...]
Ex-CommunicationsMale Shame: The First of the Twin Hills.
Sometimes we hear an opinion referred to as "the hill that person will die on," indicating an opinion that is so dearly held that no matter the cost, even if the battle is impossible to win, the person holding that opinion is going to cling to it and fight for it to the bitter end. Moreover, the saying indicates an opinion that has eclipsed most if not all other opinions that person holds. Today we're going to talk about the two hills that I see Christianity dying on (women's rights and LGBTQ rights), and how those battles relate to the indoctrination of male shame and male identity formation.
What Would JT Do (WWJTD)More from the locals on the nativity.
I know many of you have been in the comment section of our local paper’s article on the nativity defending the brave plaintiff. My family has been as well, and my brother just came up with a highlight with one of the locals who used to have a radio show here in town and who [Read More...]
EpiphenomWhy are unfalsifiable beliefs so attractive?
Recently, Dr. John Wentworth, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argued that regardless of future advances, science will likely never discover whether the supernatural exists. He said,”almost always, our research raises more questions than it answers, therefore the question of God’s existence just isn’t scientifically testable.” If you are religious, how does [Read More...]
Godless in DixieHow Christianity Stunted My Relational Growth
I used to think I was a relationship expert. Boy, was I wrong. I was married for 16 years, 14 of which were pretty good years. By “pretty good” I mean that we felt like we were a pretty good team, and others seemed to agree with us. We never fought, never raised our voices [Read More...]
Year Without GodThe end is near!
…of this year, that is. NPR aired a segment tonight that I taped with Arun Rath for All Things Considered. If you haven’t heard it, it’s only 4 1/2 minutes long (click the image below to listen). I said more about my provisional conclusions in this interview than I ever have before. When NPR tweeted [Read More...]
Cross ExaminedLessons from New Age Thinking
A New Age professional tells the story of her gradual embrace of science and provides insights into the appeal of thinking that is so foreign to most of us.
DanthropologyArk Encounter official pens an op-ed claiming religious liberty is under attack
Still upset over losing their 18 million dollar tax incentive, Mark Looy, the COO of Answers in Genesis and The Ark Encounter recently submitted an “Op-Ed” to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Given that the piece is now only posted on the AiG website, I assume the piece was rejected, most likely because it is not an op-ed, but defense piece in which the organization still pretends it is allowed to break the law.
Daylight AtheismAtlas Shrugged: Buy Local
Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIII When the villains put Directive 10-289 into effect two chapters earlier, Dagny quit her job and flounced out. This chapter opens with her living in hermetic solitude, at an old rural cabin in Woodstock that she inherited: The sun touched the tree tops on the slope of the hill, [Read More...]
Progressive Secular Humanist‘Catholic Warrior’ attacks Satanic Temple display in Florida
Rage for Jesus: An angry woman wearing a “Catholic Warrior” shirt was arrested after vandalizing the Satanic Temple holiday display in the Florida Capitol Rotunda yesterday. Susan Hemeryck, 54, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after she began ripping apart the display showing an angel falling into flames with the message “Happy Holidays from [Read More...]