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Love, Joy, Feminism

What Acceptance Can Mean

I recently stumbled upon a guest post on Camels with Hammers that I found quite interesting. In it the author, Alexandra, wrote about what it was like growing evangelical in France. She very effectively got at something I attempted to write about a few weeks ago---that when you are in a religious subculture, being treated judged or mocked by those in mainstream culture will only make you become entrenched further in that subculture, because it is there and only there you will feel accepted and valued and loved.

Leaving Fundamentalism

I am 30. This was not supposed to happen.

Today is my 30th birthday. I realised recently that I never expected to be alive in 2015, because I was confident Jesus would come back before then.

Year Without God

The courage of Gretta Vosper

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Nigeria, religious groups of all types, including Muslim groups, issued statements condemning the violence and attempting to claim the center of their faith for peace. This is an increasingly difficult task. One example of this drew my friend and United Church of Canada minister, [Read More...]

Notes Toward a New Chimera

Now Here’s An Atheist Billboard I Can Support

An atheist billboard went up recently in Colton, California, with the words, “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.” This particular billboard campaign is funded by the United Coalition of Reason, with the one in Colton being put up by Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. The coordinator of the campaign, Jan Goings, had this to [Read More...]

Ex-Communications

Say It Ain’t Poe: When Fake Letters Say Exactly What Too Many Christians Think

From time to time this editorial piece gets circulated in which a woman complains that atheists are what’s bringing America down.  It popped up again in my newsfeed recently and I have a couple of initial reactions: 1) A quick check with Snopes.com indicates that the woman to whom this letter is attributed did not [Read More...]

What Would JT Do (WWJTD)

Andrew Sullivan is retiring, and he has inspired me to try something new.

One of the most famous and influential bloggers on earth is gay Catholic author of The Dish, Andrew Sullivan.  I first encountered Sullivan in his online debate with Sam Harris and I was immediately unimpressed. However, as I continued to read him, it became apparent he was a very sharp and informed chap who, never [Read More...]

Danthropology

Von Daniken’s Delusion: Do Aliens Exist?

To bring everyone up to speed, in my previous post I explained my agenda. My wish is to explore Erich von Daniken’s book Chariots of the Gods. It’s very clear what von Daniken’s position is: Human beings were influenced by other-worldly beings in our past. In order for him to suggest such a claim, he [Read More...]

Friendly Atheist

This Wonderful New Non-Profit Group Will Help Secular People in Need

What happens if you come out as an atheist or LGBT and your parents kick you out of the house? What if you're trying to leave an abusive relationship but your entire social network is contained within your church?There are resources out there for people who need a safety net, but they're often faith-based.But there's finally a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people without religion get the help they need. It's called Secular Avenue:

We often talk about how churches provide community -- I think they're great at it -- and we've seen atheists attempt to replicate that (sans the whole God thing). But this is a practical approach to a very serious problem. This will help the people in our secular world who need it the most, at a time when there are very few others they can rely on.I asked Noelle if she would answer some questions about the group and our conversation is below:

Epiphenom

Wealth and enlightenment in the Ancient World

The period between the 5th and the 3rd century BCE was a fertile time for the world’s religions. In India, Buddhism and Jainism began to take hold. In China, Confucianism and Daoism likewise attracted mass appeal. And Europe saw the golden age of Greek philosophy. What these movements have in common is that they all [Read More...]

Godless in Dixie

Groundhog Day: Finding Purpose Even If There’s No Tomorrow

Given that large numbers of people in New England this morning are digging themselves out from under a “big blizzard thing,” and given that February 2nd is just a few days away, it seems like today is a good day to once again offer my thoughts on one of my favorite movies of all time: Groundhog Day. Few movies [Read More...]

Progressive Secular Humanist

Alabama Supreme Court Justice promises to defy federal ruling on gay marriage

Judicial holy war: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore promises to defy any federal ruling in support of same-sex marriage and is urging Governor Robert Bentley and other state officials to join him in resisting the “tyranny” of federal courts overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. Earlier this month, a federal district court [Read More...]

Cross Examined

Turning the Tables on Same-Sex Marriage? Not with THIS Argument (2 of 2).

A Christian blogger offers six suggestions to improve the rhetorical position of Christians arguing against same-sex marriage. I agree with him that the Christian has an uphill battle, but I don’t agree that these suggestions make his argument any more palatable.

Daylight Atheism

The Crushing Burden of Religious Sex Guilt

This week, there was a lengthy profile of Bat Sheva Marcus, a Jewish sex counselor who helps Hasidic Jews with intimacy problems in their marriages. Marcus is merely Orthodox, rather than ultra-Orthodox like most of her clients: she “sometimes wears pants”, and though her synagogue has segregated men’s and women’s sections, they’re side-by-side rather than [Read More...]

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