Are Human Beings Fundamentally Wicked?

This morning I saw a man on his morning jog stopping to pick up a broken beer bottle off the side of the street along with several other tiny pieces of glass that had broken off. It wasn’t even in his own yard, but he interrupted his run anyway in order to grab the sharp [Read More…]

Shoot Christians Say to Me (Video): 17 Common Challenges & What I Say Back

Last fall I had the opportunity to address a room full of deconverts like myself at a conference especially designed for “apostates” like us. Apostacon was held in Dallas, TX, last year from September 18-20, keynoted by Penn & Teller, who were as entertaining as always. I spoke on the second day of the conference [Read More…]

Atheists in America on CBS Sunday Morning (Video)

A year ago today, CBS Sunday Morning aired their segment on the Openly Secular campaign and I think everyone agreed they did a great job. Mo Rocca reported, interviewing me, Todd Stiefel of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers. They couldn’t resist pulling in a minister for his take, of course, but at least they [Read More…]

Why Ted Cruz Is Far Worse Than Donald Trump

I haven’t written much yet about the presidential candidacy of Canadian-born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) because, frankly, I haven’t taken him very seriously. I’ve long felt he lacks the charisma of a serious contender for the highest office in the land, and on top of that, his entire party hates him with a passion. [Read More…]

God’s Not Gay: SNL Parodies the Christian Persecution Fantasy

By now anyone who reads Godless in Dixie knows that Pure Flix and the God’s Not Dead franchise hold a special place in my heart. My first somewhat viral hit was a critique of the original movie, followed by another fairly well circulated post about how the sequel to the first movie played out in [Read More…]

But That Was Just the Old Testament, Right?

I remember how much it bothered me back when I was a Christian and nonbelievers would cite the brutality of the Old Testament people, throwing their barbarism in our faces, as if doing so invalidated our own, more refined theological system. Didn’t they ever hear of progressive revelation? Don’t they realize God was saving the [Read More…]

Support Godless in Dixie Through Patreon

Between writing the blog, responding to emails, interacting with other writers, moderating discussion groups, traveling to speak to groups, appearing on podcasts, and generally networking with a growing list of friends, I’ve got my hands full! And there’s so much more I’d like to do.  I want to make more videos, and there are several creative [Read More…]

Is Humanity Fundamentally “Broken?” (A Conversation)

Earlier this week I wrote a piece explaining how the Christian message teaches self-hatred because it is predicated upon the contention that humans are fundamentally sinful creatures. Even the nicer forms of Christianity still choose negative descriptors for the human race because in order to need a savior, you have to need saving from something. [Read More…]

So Long, Self: How Christianity Teaches You to Hate Yourself

One of the great joys of living in the Bible Belt is that you can hear Christian music played overhead almost anywhere you go. Just last weekend I had to make stops at a coffee shop, a gym, a fried chicken place, a doughnut place (I know, the irony), a clinic office, and a pharmacy, and [Read More…]

The Plot of God’s Not Dead 2 in <300 Words

I know a lot of you don’t have time to read a 2,000 word essay about a movie you’ll never see anyway, so here is a much briefer summary of the latest evangelical Christian blockbuster: Plot Synopsis: A high school history teacher who identifies with the same religion as 86% of the rest of her [Read More…]