How My Best Friend Helped End My Faith and then Became an Openly Gay Monk

John Hazlet was my best friend in college. We were both philosophy majors and Christians at Grove City College, one of the nation’s most politically conservative and religiously evangelical respected liberal arts institutions. John’s struggles with his homosexuality (which he initially revealed only to me) and with suicidal ideation, and his unrestrained and relentless skeptical [Read More...]

Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

Genius.

Hey girl, speaking of Ryan Gosling, did you know that I wrote movie reviews from time to time too? Here is one I wrote about the film Lars and the Real Girl (starring Ryan Gosling) in which I praised it for the moving way it depicted a humanist ideal for caring for those with mental illness: “Therapeutic Projection” or “How Lars and the Real Girl Made Me Cry”. I cried because I’m sensitive like that.

[caption id="attachment_27418" align="alignnone" width="600"] Dan Fincke Says “Hey Girl”, I cry at movies that treat mentally ill people like they matter.[/caption]

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Psychotic Reasoning, The Will To Believe, And Religious Interpretations Of The Mentally Ill

Yesterday morning, The Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta analyzed stories of mothers who murdered their babies under religiously interpreted delusions with a critical eye towards the religions which put certain fantasies in their heads.  In reply to criticisms of his making this connection that came from skeptigirl (in this terrific post on psychosis you should read), [Read More...]


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