I remember when I first left my Christian faith and became an atheist. It was a somewhat galvanizing process, a free-falling as it were, into a new and uncharted world. It had all the risks and fears of moving to a new country, and all the tumult and excitement of joining a new community. I was in the process of watching every YouTube video Christopher Hitchens was in, and reading all the atheist literature I could fit into my curious… Read more

It’s difficult to know where to begin when talking to people who live in an alternate reality. In order to have a rational conversation about anything, there has to be a minimal set of common facts to which you can appeal. But what if you can’t even agree on what the facts are in the first place? And no, this time I’m not talking politics, although that does increasingly concern me. No, this time I’m talking about what people believe… Read more

My problem with writing about people who crave attention is that I hate feeding their egos. People like them lack the self-awareness to see that sometimes we’re not really writing about them but about what they represent. They are simply emblems of a larger problem, and they do such a perfect job of playing into a stereotype that they serve a useful function for the rest of us. That’s the only reason we keep talking about them. Such a person… Read more

If you’re like me, over the last few months you overdosed on political discussions, opting instead to invest more time watching videos of babies laughing and cats falling off of things. For the first time in as many years as I can remember, I didn’t even try to watch last night’s State of the Union address because I just don’t think I had the stomach for it. But some stuff is going down in Washington this week that’s just too much for… Read more

[Today’s post is a guest post by “Mortgage Hill Musings,” a fellow deconvert who is also “godless in Dixie.”] Whether I look at national politics or personal relationships, last year was a real son of a bitch. Divisiveness has become pervasive. It seems to be easier and more acceptable to hunker down with our tribes and exclude/persecute “others.” Too few of us appreciate that there is a difference between challenging unreliable ideas/beliefs and attacking a person’s character. Given this intellectual… Read more

Have you ever attended a Christian funeral for someone who died an atheist? I did once, and it was the most curious mix of narrative distortion and preachy denial I had seen since…well, since the last time I had attended church, come to think of it. I suppose it could have been much worse. If they had stuck to their theological guns and remained consistent with what they said they believe, they would have all been agonizing over the loss of a friend to… Read more

The Last Jedi is a bold move to create a more grown-up Star Wars universe for an audience that has moved beyond the worship of childhood heroes. Read more

Here on the last day of the calendar year, the time has come for me to reflect on the year behind us and to sum up what it was like. You know what? It’s probably best I just don’t. It’s been a rough year. For all of us. But I did write a few things that seemed to find traction among frequenters of Godless in Dixie, so today I stop to reflect and find out which topics seemed to garner the most… Read more

Like most Southerners, I get roped into going to church from time to time for one reason or another, usually because of family. My friends on Facebook express dismay every time this happens, I suppose because they’re afraid I’ll get sucked back into the emotional manipulation of the whole Sunday morning production. I keep assuring them they have nothing to worry about because I have heard and experienced every kind of sales pitch and performance the church has to offer. The whole thing… Read more

Earlier this week, the virtual community to which I belong was devastated to learn that one of our own had taken the life of his wife, Jennifer Smith, followed by taking his own life, leaving behind four children (three of whom are pictured below). The next few weeks and months will be difficult for them, but every kind of help we can provide will go toward helping them cope with their loss. Family of the victims have set up a GoFundMe… Read more

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