I’m Tired of Prayer

Our world is wracked with tragedy. Much of it could be avoided, much of it is the result of cruel chance. Whatever the tragedy, my friends, family, and acquaintances often have the same response: #PrayFor________ I’m sick of it. Those who know me personally know that I’m a tender-hearted cinnamon roll who cries at basically everything. I [Read More…]

Still Removing the Fig Leaf

A few nights ago after I had imbibed entirely too much caffeine too late in the day, I found myself up in the wee hours of the morning reading Facebook threads. One particular thread I stumbled upon was discussing People Who Behave Badly Online, also known as cyber bullies. At one point in the thread, a [Read More…]

Casualties of the Culture War

Regular readers of this blog have noticed the frequency of posts has gone down considerably of late, and some have been asking me if I’m okay. Quite a few people, in fact, which is encouraging. It helps me know that what I’ve written thus far has already meant something to a number of people. Or at least [Read More…]

Why I Am (Still) Not an Anti-Theist

I’ve considered myself an atheist for nearly seven years now and have been openly writing about it for the last three of them. In my very first “coming out” talk (video here) I made a point at the end of saying that “not all atheists are anti-theists,” and I probably got more grief for that [Read More…]

Without Evangelicals, the Republican Party Would Be History

I’m going to eventually get back to writing more directly about religion, I promise. Soon I’ll be done working my way through a review of Tim Keller‘s The Reason for God, and I’ve got quite a bit to say upon reflection about the trajectory of the atheist movement and what afflicts it. But like watching [Read More…]

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…]