Is It Loving to Warn People About Hell?

Fritz is an odd fellow. Patriotism runs deep in his family but he takes it to the next level, enjoining his children to faithfully recite the pledge of allegiance and sing the national anthem once a day every day of their lives. Loyalty to the United States of America is extremely important to him, and [Read More…]

A Living Sacrifice No More

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” —Proverbs 3:11-12 “For it was fitting for Him…in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” Hebrews 2:10 “Endure hardship [Read More…]

Sexual Harassment and the Secular Movement

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted sexual advance? Did it in some way happen within the secular/atheist movement, either in an online group or at a conference or special event? Would you know what to do about it in the event that you became a victim of sexual assault? I [Read More…]

Still Removing the Fig Leaf

A few nights ago after I had imbibed entirely too much caffeine too late in the day, I found myself up in the wee hours of the morning reading Facebook threads. One particular thread I stumbled upon was discussing People Who Behave Badly Online, also known as cyber bullies. At one point in the thread, a [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…]

Why Does Apostasy Hurt Some More Than Others?

I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for some time, and I’d like to take a straw poll with my readers to see if I’m onto something or if I’m just imagining things. I’ve noticed that many of my post-theistic friends have horror stories to tell about how their families and communities responded to [Read More…]

Nice Reputation There, Be a Shame If Something Happened To It

When you lose your support network as completely as I did when I left my faith, you learn to develop an internal compass less subject to the whims of other people. Of course, you will always have to seek advice from others, because everyone needs mentors from time to time. But like I vaguetweeted the [Read More…]

Into the Woods: A Closer Look at Our Scapegoats and Reviled Saviors

A year ago this past week I took my four daughters to see the Hollywood adaptation of Into the Woods, and coincidentally I found myself watching it again on DVD exactly one year later.  I’ve been meaning to write about it for some time because of a couple of key themes that stuck out to me, [Read More…]

Josh Duggar’s Rehab Facility Knows Way More About Recovery Than Those Silly Doctors

Over the last few days, a picture has begun to emerge which suggests that Josh Duggar hasn’t only participated in extra-marital dalliances, but that at least one in recent years may have bordered on sexual assault. Given the stories we’ve heard about the trouble he got into several years ago, it sounds like we have [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…]