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…]

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…]

A Note to Say Thanks

No substantive blog post today, just a note to say “thank you” to so many friends and readers who have written me over the past few days to show support and concern for through the course of some intra-movement drama I’ve been caught up in here lately. Each time it feels like it’s winding down [Read More…]

Telling the Truth, But Telling It Slant

Hopefully this will be the last time I will have to devote space in this blog to discussing conflict between the board of Recovering From Religion and me. It seems the majority of people who have weighed in on this dispute up until this point are ready to be done with it. Maybe I’m wrong [Read More…]

Four Kinds of Love That Aren’t Really Love

For all its benefits, being an empath does have its downsides. I tend to absorb the troubles of other people, and I don’t always do a good job of separating my feelings from the feelings of others when they are going through extremely trying times. That’s a skill I’m still trying to learn. A few months ago [Read More…]

Your Religion Is Special, Just Like All the Others

I remember believing that my religion was unlike all other religions in the world. I was taught growing up that Christianity was special. It had something that no other religion had, and that uniqueness spoke to its authenticity. Why uniqueness automatically indicates legitimacy I’m not exactly sure, but somehow it felt like it should. The usual [Read More…]