Post #1

I’ve been a fan of some of the Patheos blogs for awhile and am delighted to be part of this diverse group!

This blog is a civil but energetic critique of Christianity from an atheist viewpoint, and I write about Christian apologetics, atheism, and the impact of Christianity on society.

I’ve been blogging for over a year at the Cross Examined and Galileo Unchained blogs and will be focusing just on Cross Examined here at Patheos.  I’ll be gradually reposting some of my old material to this new audience.

My journey to atheism was uneventful.  I was raised Presbyterian.  Christianity never did much for me, so I fell away from religious practice in college.  Years later, a long email debate with a young-earth Creationist got me thinking, and I just couldn’t stop.  He changed me from an apatheist (“Who cares whether there’s a god or not?”) into an atheist—probably not what he intended.

I’ve written a book about Christian apologetics, perhaps the first novel to explore the arguments for and against Christianity.  You can find Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey at Amazon.

I look forward to your comments. Any suggestions for new topics—things about Christianity or atheism that bug you or questions you have—would also be much appreciated. Find my contact information on the About page.

Bob Seidensticker

Some believers accuse skeptics
of having nothing left but a dull, cold, scientific world.
I am left with only art, music, literature, theatre,
the magnificence of nature, mathematics, the human spirit,
sex, the cosmos, friendship, history, science, imagination,
dreams, oceans, mountains, love, and the wonder of birth.
That’ll do for me.
— Lynne Kelly

About Bob Seidensticker
  • RandomFunction2

    Ok. I hope there will be more people around at this new location.

    • Bob Seidensticker

      Thanks! Blogging is hard work, and it does help to know that there’s a decent-sized audience.

  • RandomFunction2

    It’s funny, patheos sounds like “pas theos” (pas = no, in French; theos = god, in classical Greek)

    • Bob Seidensticker

      A bit. I think it’s Path + Theos.

      • RandomFunction2

        Then it would be more like “path away from Theos”

        • Bob Seidensticker

          That’s certainly the case with my blog, but most of the content here is Christian.

        • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

          Patheos hosts blogs discussing religious topics from all sorts of angles – whether Mormon, or evangelical, or atheist, or what have you. It can be a little strange sometimes being an atheist blogging for a host that also hosts, say, very conservative Catholic blogs, but then, they probably feel the same in return!

  • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

    Welcome to the Patheos atheist channel. I’m sure you’ll have more people welcoming you once your blog shows up on the Patheos atheist channel main page. :-)

    • Bob Seidensticker


      Before I signed on, I’d only been dabbler at this site, but I see that I’ve missed a lot. In particular, I’ve enjoyed your “so you say you don’t hate gay people” series.

      I’m sure I’ll come across much more “I wish I’d said that” material here.


  • andyman409

    I loved your old blog “Galelio unchained”. I look forward to reading this one!

    • Bob Seidensticker


      Welcome aboard! A lot has happened since post #1. I hope you enjoy the new site. Visit often, and tell your friends.