Why Would True Believers Want Us To Lie Before God?

Yesterday I reposted an excellent article from Dylan Walker’s Skeptimus Prime blog. In it he explained that the reason he refuses to participate in Christmas prayers or other religious prayers or rituals with family or others is that as an ex-Christian he takes seriously the meaning of prayer. Prayer was a big part of his life [Read More...]

Ex-Communications: When Apostates Talk Back

I’m thrilled to draw your attention to a new group blog at Patheos Atheism organized around a much needed theme: writings from former believers back to the members of the faith they left explaining their point of view and what matters to them about how they should relate to each other going forward. Sarah Morehead, Neil [Read More...]

Ex-Muslims of North America Covered In The New York Times

My friend Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for Skepchick and is soon to have her own blog at Freethought Blogs, was profiled in the New York Times along with the Ex-Muslims of North America while attending Center For Inquiry’s Women In Secularism 3 last weekend: When Ms. Dadabhoy “came out” to her parents, “it didn’t go so well,” she said. [Read More...]

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...]

The Apostates vs. The Never-Believers

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? [Read more...]

After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

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. [Read more...]

Defending Apostates’ Intellects Against A Dismissive Christian Apologist

This morning, I posted a few of Evangelical Christian Drew Dyck’s condescending and disingenuous attempts to understand the growing trend of sustained apostasy among young Christians.  In the last post I criticized his ideas and value prejudices which guided his discussion of the role that sexual development in young adulthood plays in leading people away [Read More...]

Zakir Naik Compares Outspoken Apostasy To Treason And Supports Capital Punishment For It

And that’s not all: On Osama bin Laden, [Zakir Naik] has said: “If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist.” And now he is coming to Toronto in a couple of weeks for what “is being described as the largest Islamic [Read More...]


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