Why I Think Hillary Clinton Will Be Our Next President

Over the last 48 hours or so I’ve witnessed panic and despair cascading down my newsfeed as fellow left-leaners open up their own social networks to discover that Nate Silver seems to be changing his tune about the likelihood of Donald Trump winning the November election. Silver impressed so many people during the last presidential [Read More…]

Ginsburg Was Right: Trump Is Faking It

Here on the eve of the start of the Republican National Convention, I’ve finally turned a corner in my understanding of what Donald J. Trump is up to. I know a ton of my friends have been saying this for months, but I’ve been withholding judgment because it seemed to me that a megalomaniac driven [Read More…]

Why Some People Can’t See Racism

The last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult for a number of people, myself included. To begin with, we had already gotten this year off to a tumultuous start by kicking off the most improbable presidential primary season in recent memory. One party’s primary was won by a narcissistic con artist with zero experience in public service, a person [Read More…]

When Being a Good Christian Means Being a Bad American

I have to admit, I’m enjoying just a little bit of schadenfreude watching evangelical Christians slowly begin to realize that “religious liberty” means Muslims have rights, too. As this article on NPR points out, “Religious liberty is a rallying cry for many evangelical voters,” and never has that been more clear than throughout our current presidential [Read More…]

FAQ: Advice About “Coming Out” Atheist to My Spouse?

From time to time I receive emails from fellow skeptics who are going through that often gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking experience of being “unequally yoked” with a spouse who occupies a significantly different place on the belief spectrum. “Mixed faith” marriages can be stress-inducing, and there are no easy answers or formulaic steps for successfully navigating that [Read More…]

Seven Bad Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus

Well, it looks like I spoke too soon. Contrary to my previous declaration that Tim Keller was done trying to build a logical case for Christianity and had just moved on to sermonizing, it turns out the second-to-the-last chapter in his apologetics work The Reason for God really did contain one last shot at arguing [Read More…]

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But Why Does There Have to Be Blood?

With only three more chapters to go in Tim Keller‘s The Reason for God, I feel I must warn the reader that by this point the pastor of Redeemer Church in Manhattan appears to have abandoned the central thesis of the book. Or perhaps we came to this reading with unrealistic expectations from the beginning. At the leading [Read More…]

FAQ: What Do You Make of “Progressive Revelation?”

I spend a good deal of my time unpacking (and helping friends unpack) the ideas we all learned growing up in church. Many of these ideas are directly damaging (e.g. You’re wicked and deserve to be tortured), while others are indirectly harmful in the way that they confound attempts at critical thinking (e.g. You’re not supposed to [Read More…]

I’m Not Going to Heaven, and I Don’t Care

Shortly after graduation, I went to visit my mother for a week. During this time, we each had a couple beers and discussed religion—I say discussed, but we barely broke the surface out of mutual desire to avoid an argument. At one point, my mother asked me, “If I died right now, you’d be fine [Read More…]

It’s Past Time for Atheism to Grow Up

I find it difficult to write when I’ve got “too much” on my mind, and here lately that’s most definitely been the case. It’s bad enough that the daily news floods my feed with enough sickness and death and war to send me into the woods to unplug from it all. This morning my feed [Read More…]