Before I Deconverted: “My God Died on the Cross, Not At McDonald’s!”

I attended my first concert at 14. It was at a Christian teen conference, I was a devout evangelical Christian, and the band was Audio Adrenaline. I got to meet them after the show. One of them had actually been a camp counselor at my church camp and had very briefly had a thing with a [Read More...]

Christians as Immoralists

Nietzsche provocatively labels himself an “immoralist”. This is something gleefully seized upon by theists who absurdly think that the logical result of atheism is a total rejection of all morality. Possibly the most famous and unapologetic of all philosophical atheists himself declared himself an “immoralist”! And the word “immoralist” is simply assumed to mean “one who rejects all morality”. So, there you have it. The [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: I Was Baptized 25 Years Ago Today

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August 20, 1989, at the Port Jefferson Church of Christ, my older brother Richard baptized me as a Christian. Richard was a minister (though that wasn’t necessary in our churches to baptized) and at the time he was the person I most wanted to emulate in life. The choice to get baptized was a huge [Read More...]

A Scientific Measure of Spiritual Freedom

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  What follows is a guest post by Luna Lindsey. This month, I’ve been called to debate members of several seemingly opposing religious groups: Mormons, ex-Mormons, atheists, and Christians. What could arouse the ire of so many? One word: cult. Last month, I released a book called Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control. In [Read More...]

Tom Petty Is Scathing Towards Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

As a huge Tom Petty fan, I’m proud to see him come out with properly scathing criticism towards the Catholic Church. He has a song called “Playing Dumb” on the album Hypnotic Eye, which he released this week and I just got the chance to hear for the first time. It’s all about his moral [Read More...]

Khomeini, Iran, and More Islamic Clerics on Sex With Children

Yesterday morning my traffic had enough of a surprise bump to indicate to me one of my posts must have been linked somewhere attention grabbing. With a little sleuthing. I traced the cause back to this Richard Dawkins tweet: User Actions Following Richard DawkinsVerified account‏@RichardDawkins “@ateisthafiz: pic.twitter.com/AcoqB97yGE” Is this a genuine quote from Ayatollah Khomeini? [Read More...]

How To Criticize Religion. Part 3: Address The Question of “True Religion” With Nuance

Below is part 3 of my reprint of my “How To Criticize Religion” series, with one new paragraph added. This was originally published in the former Secularite digital magazine. This article is self-sufficient. No knowledge of Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice or Part 2: Don’t Treat All of Religion as a Monolith is assumed in what [Read More...]

How to Criticize Religion. Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice

Some atheists see no need to understand religions in detail. They’ll say, “Just as one needn’t be a ‘unicornologist’ to justify a nonbelief in unicorns, one needn’t know the intricacies of theology to justify a nonbelief in gods. If religious beliefs are irrationally derived and systematically false, their particulars don’t matter.” Now it is true [Read More...]

Betty Bowers’s Handy Bible Interpretation Guide

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Yep. For my own posts on the self-servingness of contemporary hermeneutics, centered on questions of sexuality in particular, read On Back Door Ways of Keep One’s Virginity (And to Defend One’s Faith) , my post on How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go, and/or The Gay Enemy Threat in the Christian Home. For more [Read More...]


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