About Neil Carter

Neil Carter is a high school teacher, a writer, a speaker, a father of four, and a skeptic living in the Bible Belt. A former church elder with a seminary education, Neil now writes mostly about the struggles of former evangelicals living in the midst of a highly religious subculture.

Apologetics: Preaching to the Choir

Apologetics isn’t for the lost, it’s for the already saved. Generally speaking, apologetics books and articles are written by Christians and for Christians, no matter who their authors claim are the target audience of their work. The only people who are ever impressed with the arguments therein are people who are already “within the fold.” [Read More…]

My Interview with The Science Enthusiast Podcast (Audio)

It’s a busy week for me and podcasts! On Monday I posted an episode of the For god’s Sake Podcast hosted by Matthew O’Neil, and today I’m sharing an episode of The Science Enthusiast Podcast (Facebook page here) hosted by Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast) and Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting). In this episode I tell them a [Read More…]

Parenting Children Who Still Believe

Most fathers enjoy the luxury of sharing their beliefs with their own children unguarded, without fear of reprisal. It’s the kind of entitlement you hardly even notice until it is taken away. Back in the charmed early days of parenting each of my four beautiful daughters, I enjoyed that luxury myself. But our family dynamic eventually [Read More…]

Catch Godless in Dixie on the For God’s Sake Podcast (Audio)

This past week I had the privilege of being on the For god’s Sake Podcast hosted by Matthew O’Neil, author of You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem as well as What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t Say) about Sex. Matthew asked a lot of really good questions and gave me a [Read More…]

How Faith is Like Playing Minecraft

I recently had something that was as close to a religious experience as I’ve had in a really long time, and a light bulb went on in my head that changed the way I see a whole lot of things. So much human behavior suddenly makes sense to me now, and I’d like to try [Read More…]

FAQ: Do You Ever Still Worry About Hell?

A friend of mine who still identifies as a Christian wrote me to ask me whether or not I’m still bothered by Pascal’s Wager. In case you’re not familiar, Pascal’s Wager refers to that age-old notion that a person, whether or not he fully believes it, should choose to live as if God were in fact real [Read More…]

Why Christian Women Can’t Get Ahead

Last week, Canadian writer and Christian feminist Sarah Bessey started a hashtag entitled #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear and the results were pretty fantastic. And by “fantastic” I mean stomach-curdling, exasperating, cathartic, and angering. Friends have already written about it here and here. You’ll find there samples of the typical things Christian women hear, and the fact that it trended so quickly only [Read More…]

The Dark Side of Grace

People who are in abusive relationships learn to see themselves as “lucky” for having their abusers in their lives. How is that possible, you ask? The dynamic is really easy to explain. No matter how tough or powerful they may seem, abusive people tend to be deeply insecure. Consequently, they spend a great deal of time and energy tearing down [Read More…]

Dear Church, You’re Weird

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in nearly six years: I attended Sunday morning worship at my family’s church. On Easter, no less. It was an interesting experience. I came away from that experience with a number of strong impressions, and I’d like to share them with you because I feel something can be learned from [Read More…]

Faith: Believing Without (Enough) Evidence

Nobody likes having their intelligence insulted, so it’s not hard to see why Christians push back when they are told that faith means “believing without evidence.” On the contrary, Christians very much believe they have evidence for the things they believe in (e.g. the resurrection of Jesus), although what they consider “evidence” may look quite [Read More…]