Before I Deconverted: My Dad and My God

Christians frequently accuse atheists of just “hating God” because we hate our dads. In this post, I dig through the myriad ways one’s perceptions of one’s dad might affect one’s views on God in varying directions and then do what so many Christians intrusively demand: I get on the couch for some personal amateur psychoanalysis about how my relationship with my dad relates to my former faith and my current atheism. [Read more...]

Are We Atheists Because We Have Terrible Fathers?

In what appears to be a serious bit of ad hoc armchair psychology hackwork, Paul Vitz has a book called Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism in which he applies psychoanalytic theories to influential dead atheists and theists (whom he never even professionally interviewed therapeutically) and based on this tiny sample of cherry [Read More...]

How An Omniscient Being Would Fulfill The Desire To Be Known Completely

Jean-Paul Sartre reasoned that the loss of belief in God causes an existential feeling of abandonment.  He was referring to our losing the potential for divine guidance but Jon Adams’s feeling of abandonment is a new one to me.  He wishes he could still believe there was someone up there who knew him completely: Atheist [Read More...]


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