About Matthew O'Neil

Matthew O'Neil is an activist, author, and educator. He has written "You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem" (Dangerous Little Books, 2014) and "What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say About Sex" (Pitchstone, 2015). He earned his MA in theology as well as graduate certification in mediation and education.

Non-violence in the face of the alt-right

A counter viewpoint to the question of should we be okay with punching Nazis? [Read more…]

It’s Time to Engage with the Opposition

It’s been a few weeks since Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. I know people are sick of hearing about this, and I know people are scared. They have every right to be both. Trump has been caught on camera, and tape, advocating for violence against protestors at his rallies, joking [Read More…]

Religious leaders slam Clinton, ignore two millennia of oppression

CNN released an article today asking Hillary Clinton to apologize for emails that her aides wrote. [Read more…]

Setting Blake Giunta Straight on the Gospel of Luke

At the beginning of August, Atheist Community of Austin President Matt Dillahunty held a public debate with Blake Giunta, owner of apologetics site Belief Map. The debate was around whether or not Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead after his crucifixion. After there was an initial argument from both parties over the validity/problems with [Read More…]

New Book: Adam and Eve (free today!)

Image from the author I have a new book that was released recently. It is called Adam and Eve: Questioning the Historicity of Biblical Human Origins. This book discusses the Genesis creation account and looks at whether we can determine if there was a historical Adam and Eve or not. Spoiler Alert: no. Not only [Read More…]

A secular parent’s promise

Instead of making such silly promises to my own children, I’d like to offer what I can, and I would hope others could as well, promise to them. [Read more…]

Personal experience doesn’t prove an afterlife

Washington Post recently published an article about the common shared experiences of people who have gone through NDEs, or Near Death Experiences. [Read more…]

Honor for the Afterlife

CNN reports that a 15-year-old Pakistani girl, after helping a neighbor and her boyfriend elope, was “dragged from her home, injected with sedatives, strangled, tied up in a van, and then burned”. The murder was ordered by a tribal council, called a “Jirga,” and it was carried out by members of said council. 14 people, including the victim’s mother, have been arrested. [Read more…]

Cory Booker is wrong about Sanders (and Hillary) on minority incarceration

With the Democratic primary vote taking place tomorrow in South Carolina, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ camps have been very active there recently. What is imperative for both sides is winning minority votes, being both candidates are white and need to appeal to a demographic they don’t personally identify with. [Read more…]

Bernie Sanders’ supporters are far from ‘naive’ as Salon author suggests

Recently, an article over at Salon, authored by John Avignone, criticized the “naive” supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is running for President. Among other ill-informed opinions around Sanders’ campaign and positions, Avignone criticizes supporters by saying there are no examples of Sanders’ positions working. [Read more…]