Critiquing Religion without Being a Jerk

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From time to time I find I have to clarify where I locate myself in the broad spectrum of non-theistic belief.  There are many different approaches and many different sets of convictions, and honestly I see at least some value in most of them, even for the ones with which I don’t fully identify.  Some [Read More...]

Announcing the Launch of the Secular Hotline Project!

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At long last, the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project is up and running!  It has been years in the making, but as of this morning the real-time peer-provided secular support hotline is now fully operational. In a press release that went out this morning, Executive Director Sarah Morehead described the hotline as: …an international peer support phone line for [Read More...]

Announcing the Launch of the Secular Hotline Project!

ernestine_lily

At long last, the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project is up and running!  It has been years in the making, but as of this morning the real-time peer-provided secular support hotline is now fully operational. In a press release that went out this morning, Executive Director Sarah Morehead described the hotline as: …an international peer [Read More...]

How the Wizard of Oz Illustrates Leaving Your Faith

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A friend once expressed surprise that I would leave the Christian faith if my experience of it was largely positive.  Not only was I pretty devoted as a follower of that tradition, but I even had a few years of experience in various kinds of ministry, most of which were positive as well.  So why on [Read More...]

What Can Humanism Learn from Christianity?

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I have always felt compelled to maintain a critical eye toward the things I believe.  In fact, for as long as I can remember I’ve made a habit of collecting critiques of my own belief system.  During my church days I used to keep binders full of articles written by people challenging whatever subculture I was in at [Read More...]

My Response to the Question “Why Don’t You Move On?”

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Yesterday I chatted via email with a reader who wanted to know why I keep writing about religion if I’m an atheist.  It’s a fair question, and one I get often.  Sometimes people ask this in an accusatory way, as if they feel they’ve happened upon a “gotcha” moment exposing something about me that even [Read More...]

How Can Atheists Have Morals? (part two)

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For those who would genuinely like to know how atheists can have morals, I’d like to attempt to offer my best explanation.  I’m no career philosopher or ethicist, so I’m sure this could be done better by someone else,1 but I’ll give it my best shot.  One problem is that the term “atheist” isn’t descriptive [Read More...]

How Can Atheists Have Morals? (part one)

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When someone asks me “How can atheists have morals?” he is typically doing one of two things: 1) He may be genuinely trying to understand how I can make moral decisions without believing in a transcendent, supernatural Lawgiver because he’s never given it much thought, or 2) he is not genuinely trying to understand me but rather is picking a fight, challenging me and accusing me of holding [Read More...]

Chocolat and the Impotence of Religion

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If people behave well because they fear punishment, is it really accurate to say they are “good people?” I ask this because it comes up a lot for atheists like myself.  When people learn I don’t believe in spirits, gods, or afterlives, the first question I tend to get is, “Well, what’s to stop you from [Read More...]

Why We Need a Darwin Day Whether I Like It or Not

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Yesterday in celebration of Darwin Day I went to hear Jerry Coyne speak about evolution and its detractors at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He did a great job of summing up the various lines of evidence which support the theory and he spoke briefly about the opposition which religious people in the United States continue [Read More...]


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