Camp Quest Is Coming to Mississippi!

If you know anything about camps in the region of the country where I live, you know that they’re almost uniformly religious in nature. Even the ones which conceal their religious affiliations tend to recruit from among the devout from whichever tradition the directors inhabit…which is fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. But what [Read More…]

How the Bible Views Humanity (and How to Get Over It)

The Bible’s estimation of human nature is very, very low. If you were raised in an evangelical Christian setting, you learned how to dress it up and make it sound gracious and forgiving. You learned how to sugar coat the condemnation heaped upon humanity by the biblical writers, making very bad news somehow sound like [Read More…]

Why God Keeps Showing Up in Public Schools (Video)

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of speaking at the second annual Secular Summit held by the Secular Coalition of Arizona (video below). I mentioned them before at the end of another post, but they deserve several more mentions. The Importance of Organized Secularism It can be really difficult organizing secularists. In [Read More…]

The Real Roots of Our Beliefs

Do you find it frustrating to talk to religious people about their beliefs? Nonreligious people often have a hard time understanding their devout counterparts, so they engage them in the kinds of conversations that are meant to tease out the intellectual nuances in what they believe in order to better understand them. It doesn’t take [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…]

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…]

Things You Don’t Get Back After You Leave Your Faith

A friend once asked me if I gained anything of value when I lost my faith. I wrote him a reply that I later decided to publish. Evidently a lot of people identified with what I wrote because TIME Magazine picked up that piece and republished it on their site as well. [Read “What I Gained When [Read More…]

Herding Cats: The Godless in Dixie Guide to Wrangling Atheists Online

Christians go to church; atheists go to the internet. Seriously though. A Christian podcaster once vented to me that he couldn’t believe how inundated he got with feedback the day he dared to take on an atheist author.  He saw a huge spike in traffic and commenters kept him busy for the next three days. I [Read More…]

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Atheists Need Help Mourning, Too

It’s always painful when someone you love dies. The loss and the separation inevitably hurt, and it takes time to adjust to the new reality of life without having him or her around. Because this is a recurring thing, society has evolved ways of marking and mourning the loss of loved ones which speak to the [Read More…]

Announcing the Launch of the Secular Hotline Project!

At long last, the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project is up and running!  It has been years in the making, but as of this morning the real-time peer-provided secular support hotline is now fully operational. In a press release that went out this morning, Executive Director Sarah Morehead described the hotline as: …an international peer support phone line for [Read More…]