Agnostic or Atheist? What’s the Difference? (Video)


My New Testament Greek professor used to always say, “Words have usage; they don’t have meaning.” I used to think that was an overstatement, but now I think he’s right. The sounds and scribbles we make don’t have intrinsic significance beyond what we assign them. Even our dictionaries can only provide us with snapshots of the meanings we give [Read More...]

Why Circumcision Is a Perfect Picture of the Christian Faith


For all the awkwardness evangelical Christianity displays around the subject of sex, Yahweh sure was obsessed with both the appearance and function of the male genitalia.  One biblical story explains that out of the blue Yahweh came to kill Moses one night, ostensibly because he was so infuriated that Moses’s son (who was only half [Read More...]

Godless Tour Update: Texas Now, California Later


UPDATE:  I’ll be speaking in Dallas tonight as planned, along with Houston tomorrow night and New Orleans on Sunday (see itinerary below) but the trip to the west coast has been delayed a few weeks. Trip Itinerary: Friday, July 24 @ 7:30 pm - Dallas Fellowship of Freethought.  Campbell Green Recreation Center, 16600 Park Hill Dr, Dallas, TX. Saturday, July [Read More...]

Loving Jesus But Not the Bible


“I don’t follow the Bible, I follow Jesus.” When I was a Christian, I used to say things like this all the time. I used to say “It’s about Jesus, not the Bible” for the same reasons that I used to say “It’s a relationship, not a religion.”  I was trying to distinguish my own particular [Read More...]

Sometimes Love Really Is Abuse


The past couple of weeks there has been a lot of discussion about religious indoctrination and abuse.  A couple of weeks ago I received a good bit of pushback from my readers because I asserted that you shouldn’t call teaching creationism “child abuse.” If you check out that article (linked here) and sort the comments by number of [Read More...]

Godless in Dallas, Houston, and the Big Easy (July 24-26)


ATTENTION TEXANS!  Assuming President Obama hasn’t militarized the Lone Star State after today’s commencement of Operation Jade Helm 15, I’m coming to East Texas (that’s still Dixie as far as I’m concerned) to meet with a couple of groups in Dallas and Houston, followed by a night in New Orleans, LA. If you’re in one [Read More...]

Pastor: “Render Unto Caesar” Means Churches Should Surrender Illegal Immigrants


Ordinarily I wouldn’t want to give more attention than is necessary to Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas and frequent contributor to FOX News. He has made as much a name for himself by opposing marriage equality as his legendary predecessor, W.A. Criswell, did opposing integration. Jeffress is the same headline-grabbing [Read More...]

Three Ways Your Religion May Hinder Empathy


In the last week I’ve written a couple of confrontational posts charging that people around me have mistreated both me and the woman I’m dating for little other reason than our being atheists. First I told the story of how I lost a teaching job two years ago when a student outed me to my administrators in the [Read More...]

Cutting Off Your Family in the Name of Jesus


“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” When I started dating Amy a little over three years ago, her parents seemed to think I was a godsend.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I recall one of them saying I [Read More...]

The Sequel to God’s Not Dead Happened in My Classroom, But In Reverse


Given that the first installment of God’s Not Dead only took $2M to make but grossed $60M, Pure Flix Entertainment decided to bless the world with a second installment, rather uncreatively entitled God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive.  It takes place in Arkansas and centers around a fictitious teacher named Grace who had the audacity [Read More...]