Is God Just Too Great For Our Finite Minds To Understand?

I define faith as either an explicit or implicit willful commitment, to believe, hope, trust, or be loyal to an idea, a person (real or imagined), a group, an institution, or anything else more than the rational warrant justifies and even in the teeth of superior justification for contrary beliefs or in spite of a [Read More...]

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No, Christians, You Don’t Rationally Proportion Your Beliefs to Evidence

I define faith as the explicit or implicit volitional commitment to either believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to people, beliefs, or other things in ways that are not proportionate to the rational bases one has to believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to those people, beliefs, or other things. In other words it is [Read More...]

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How To Let People Know You’re A Christian

In this post I examine the hidden Christian privilege in exhortations to Christians that they should prove they are Christians with their deeds, rather than with words. [Read more...]

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A Christian Friend Told Me This Video Made Him Pro-Gay

A Christian friend told me this video convinced him homosexuality wasn’t sinful after all. So, I figured I would offer it for Christian readers to consider and for pro-gay friends, whether Christian or otherwise, to pass on to their Christian friends, whether they be pro-gay or anti-gay. [Read more...]

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The Pope Wants to Meet Atheists on the Common Ground of our Goodness

I am grateful the pope has acknowledged atheists do good and seeks common ground with us based in our common goodness. I share his desire for a “culture of encounter”. Here is hoping it is a sign of theological improvements to come. In this post, I accept his offer of dialogue and do some philosophical analysis of the ways Catholics mix up God and goodness to make it so atheists who pursue the good can be seen as pursuing God (covertly). [Read more...]

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Why Atheists Resent Being Told We Are Going To Hell

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 [Read More...]

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A Powerful Account of One Ex-Christian’s Journey to Apostasy

Above is a beautifully made video that Prpl Fox made about his deconversion from Christianity. As I did, Prpl Fox deconverted as a 21 year old college senior. I recommend this video summing up his story to Christians who want to learn how to love and understand apostates and to the many atheists who identify [Read More...]

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If The Ten Commandments Really Were The Basis Of Our Legal System

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If the Ten Commandments were really the basis of our laws, they’d be a lot less tolerable. [Read more...]

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Why I Write About My Deconversion

“I aim to make clear to Christians that I was one of them, that all my life was willingly committed to their God and that all my emotions were on the side of their God when my intellect was dissuaded against my will. I was not, as much as they want to assume, looking to leave Christianity, biased against Christianity, unable or unwilling to dutifully follow the rules of Christianity, disposed against the God of Christianity, unfamiliar with the most sophisticated philosophical or theological versions of Christianity, or unfamiliar with how wonderful Christians or Christian community could be. I had been there, done that, and despite wanting nothing more than to believe, I had found that I could no longer believe–either rationally or ethically. The best arguments for the faith had failed. The best arguments against it were overwhelming. And as a matter of intellectual and moral conscience, I could no longer believe fantastic claims that had the preponderance of rational evidence stacked overwhelmingly against them. I deconverted against my will.” [Read more...]

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