Shame on You for Thinking Prayer Does Anything

In yesterday’s post entitled “Our Biggest Mistake: We Did As We Were Told” I listed several things deconverts like me did that inadvertently led to the demise of our faith. At one point I brought up prayer, and I explained that we approached prayer exactly the way the Bible instructed us to approach it: We came to [Read More…]

Making Your Faith Impossible to Disprove

A few days ago I reshared an article entitled “Why I Broke Up with Jesus” which always inspires a predictable set of rationalizations from people defending their tradition using the same time-tested tools I learned to use when I was a Christian. I’m always glad they do it, too, because it brings into such stark relief [Read More…]

I’m Tired of Prayer

Our world is wracked with tragedy. Much of it could be avoided, much of it is the result of cruel chance. Whatever the tragedy, my friends, family, and acquaintances often have the same response: #PrayFor________ I’m sick of it. Those who know me personally know that I’m a tender-hearted cinnamon roll who cries at basically everything. I [Read More…]

When Your Faith Behaves Like a Predator

For the past week or so I have been battling chronic pain unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before.  About an hour after falling asleep each night, I wake up in excruciating pain that starts immediately behind my left eye and spans the short distance to my left temple, radiating out from there to the rest [Read More…]

Men Who Stare at Facts

Not long ago I had dinner with a friend who encouraged me to reconsider my stance on faith, arguing that the Bible encourages us to “test and retest” what it says for ourselves to see if it’s true.  While I disagreed with his interpretation of the language of the particular verse he used, I agreed with [Read More…]

Why God Cannot Forsake You

When I first “came out” to some of my closest friends and told them I no longer believe in supernatural things, they were greatly distressed. A few of them got together and staged a kind of “intervention” which lasted about 10 hours one day. As with any good drama, they did their best to provide [Read More…]

Taking the Atheist Prayer Challenge

[Today’s guest post was written by Cynthia Jeub upon completion of the year-long prayer challenge I posted about yesterday. She blogs on Insights on Epic Living.] “The prayers that we had prayed were like a drug…I found my faith living in sin.” -30 Seconds to Mars I was already a fan of Neil’s blog when my [Read More…]

Six Testable Claims of the Christian Faith, Plus One Prayer Challenge

About a year and a half ago I wrote a piece about taking the Bible at its own word and how, if you truly take it seriously, I don’t see how you could come away still believing its claims. You have to play fast and loose with what it actually says, and you have to [Read More…]

The No True Prayer Fallacy

I didn’t quit believing in God because my prayers didn’t get answered, so let’s get that out of the way before we get started on this topic.  While I’m at it, let me reassure you that I also didn’t quit believing because something bad happened to me.  I feel like I lived a pretty charmed life [Read More…]

Your Religion May Be Harmful If…

People who read this blog probably find it difficult to decide where on the wide spectrum of atheism I should be placed. I probably sound like I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth.  One second I’m reaching across the religious aisle seeking to find common ground with natural allies and the next I’m critiquing [Read More…]