A week ago, Forbes published an opinion piece by Chris Ladd, a lifelong Republican who ditched his own party in 2016, but then they took the article down because the editors felt the subject matter was too controversial for their audience. The article was spot on, in my opinion, and Ladd put his finger on something I’ve never read anyone express so succinctly. At the end of my most recent post about the passing of Billy Graham I argued that… Read more

It has taken me several days of processing the passing and legacy of American evangelist Billy Graham to wrap my head around what’s different about the way I view who he was compared with the way others seem to see him. Over the last week I’ve seen every extreme emotion represented from pride and admiration to seething anger and disgust. People feel really strongly about the man, whether good or bad, and quite honestly both groups have valid points. I suspect… Read more

Every once in a while I write about American politics and it never fails that each time I do, at least somebody chimes in and asks why a blog otherwise devoted to unpacking the post-Christian experience would wander so egregiously off topic. I always reply that atheism as an isolated subject doesn’t carry much appeal to me, abstracted as it is from every day life. What interests me and keeps me writing is that intersection of religion and daily life… Read more

If you’ve never heard of Pure Flix Entertainment then you’re really missing out. It’s the Christian alternative to Netflix, and it is an unintentionally hilarious attempt at offering a poor quality substitute for the “worldly” entertainment you find on that other channel. Besides offering straight-to-laptop streaming films for home viewing, sometimes Pure Flix sponsors full-length feature films for limited release in theaters where they expect church attendance is high enough to provide a stable supply of ticket buying customers. Back… Read more

A Christian friend taking a religion class wrote me and asked a question that I’d like to open up to more people to answer. I’ll include what I told her here, but I’d be interested to hear what others think. She wrote me: I’ve been reading through The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens… and I’m getting ready to write my term paper on what I’ve read. The main thing I have noticed about the things I’ve read from atheist POVs… Read more

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

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