My take on the arch nemesis of antitheist atheists like me–the pro-religious atheist.
Do you notice any significant differences between atheists who deconverted from once being devout believers in a god or gods, those who only nominally were part of a religion that believed in a god or gods without that belief really ever becoming important to them or accepted by them as true (at least after early childhood), and those who were never theistic at all and were raised either with no religiosity at all or with an atheistic kind of religiosity?
This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes.
If all goes according to plan, 2pm tomorrow I will be talking with Drew Marshall whose show, billed as “Canada’s Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show”, airs out of Toronto (home of my beloved Blue Jays!). He’s a radio host for a show about people’s views on religion, primarily, and his personal journey is fascinating. [...]
Yesterday I kicked off a series called “Paths to Objective Morality”. In response to commenters vigorously challenging my choice of vocabulary in calling morality “objective”, I decided to lay out my justification for my word choice systematically and to explain how it will be justified in each of the major components of my overall account of [...]
Yesterday I was rather surprised that one of my very most politically progressive, most liberally theist, and most pro-atheist friends asked me why atheists sometimes get upset (even apoplectic) about being told we’re going to hell. This friend asked why this should bother us if we thought the idea that we were going to hell [...]
Yesterday in America we experienced yet another shocking indiscriminate attack on innocent people in a public place. These tend to have a distinctly traumatizing effect on the national consciousness. There are many reasons why. There are many instinctual reactions people have to such events. These are socially, politically, and morally precarious times, as people are [...]
As a conscientiously and philosophically serious atheist, I rather commonly have a deeper (or at least a special kind of) affinity with people with whom I talk intimately or argue extensively who are conscientiously and philosophically serious about their religious beliefs and practices than I do with nominal believers and even with some apatheists (atheists [...]
This. Thanks to Adam Freese for the find. My posts against nihilism are below. You don’t need to read all of them to understand any of them. Of Nihilists Mourning Their Christian Soul Mates Is Emotivistic Moral Nihilism Rationally Consistent? The Universe Does Not Care About Our Morality. But So What? A Philosophical Polemic Against [...]