September 26, 2018

I’ve heard the claim, from several corners, that the LGBT community is overrepresented in television. It’s not true. Let’s lay aside the argument that the LGBT population should be normalized in culture, that they should be much more represented than they currently are, that perhaps an overrpresentation of LGBT people is the right move. The fact is that LGBT characters on film match closely with the number of LGBT characters there actually are these days. Complaints about overrepresentation are actually… Read more

September 25, 2018

I think that, somewhere along the way, I forgot that atheism doesn’t have to be about leaders. It doesn’t have to be about joining groups, picking sides, or being partisan. When I became an atheist, I was stating that God didn’t have authority over my life. Now, granted, there were people who made that statement easier — the so-called “New Atheists” cleared out a space in culture for us atheists to stand. But when I was freshly escaped from church,… Read more

September 23, 2018

Alright, Christians. I know I’m an atheist and all, but we gotta talk. Here’s the thing: As Christians, I hear, you believe that God forgave you of an enormous debt. Of enormous sin. If he had let you get what you deserve or what you earned, you would be in hell for all eternity. Like, you sinned. You messed up. Bad. Terribly bad. You’re evil, in your own self. And against all reason, he sacrificed himself for you, and encourages… Read more

September 23, 2018

Atheism isn’t as big of a deal to me, anymore. I’ve made peace, somewhat, with the idea that there is no God. When that happens, atheism isn’t so much presence. It feels more like absence. When I first left Christianity, I was a new atheist who was trying to carve out something to fill the void. But I found that the world did not wait for me to fill that place that was once filled with Christianity. It didn’t change… Read more

May 26, 2018

No, atheists are not morally bankrupt. Read more

May 20, 2018

I’ll have a raw, unsanitized existence today instead. Read more

April 22, 2018

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” ― Carl Sagan There was a time when I had to see people the way God saw them, and after my deconversion I had the opportunity to see them without that filter. I could see them as… Read more

April 17, 2018

At such moments I don’t think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: “Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you’re not part of it.” My advice is: “Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty… Read more

February 13, 2018

Hold your answer. Read this first. Read more

February 8, 2018

Is it possible for Christians to understand the way atheists look at Christianity? Or for atheists to understand the way Christians look at Christianity? In a way, my life is an answer to that question. I used to be a fervent Christian, and now I’m a thoroughgoing atheist. So I do know what it’s like on both sides. But then again…I’ve had to adjust. I’ve broken some friendships and made others. I’ve completely changed, in many respects, the way I… Read more

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