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 chance to discuss some of the latest topics I’ve been writing about on Godless in Dixie. We covered a wide range of things including but not… 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 and convey what it was that I finally realized. I was at a symphony performance where they were playing the music of John Williams selected… 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 (although I wonder: which God? They usually mean the Christian one for reasons they never explicitly state). The reasoning goes that if a person lives this… 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 shows how commonplace these oddly out-of-place statements appear in the midst of a twenty-first-century context. Some of my favorites include: “You can teach the women… 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 the objects of their affection (read: victims), reminding them just how little they deserve the kindness that’s so graciously being shown them. Abusers need their victims… Read more

Dear Church, You’re Weird

First of all, church, you need to know that the way you talk about Jesus is super creepy. And yes, I know that will offend some of you 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 different from what skeptics want when they use the word. A while back I had a prolonged (and I might add enjoyable) discussion about this… Read more

Maybe Fighting God Isn’t the Point

Not every development in human evolution serves to perpetuate the species. Not every variation benefits us in more ways than it harms us. There ultimately is no rhyme or reason to what happens from moment to moment—there is only order in what remains over the long haul because only those things beneficial to the preservation and propagation of the species get transmitted down to future generations. Religion is one of those things, and it is my growing suspicion that religion (and more… Read more

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 God with hearts full of expectation, asking him to do the very things he said in the Bible that he wanted us to ask him… Read more

Our Biggest Mistake: We Did As We Were Told

Those of us who broke up with Jesus (he wouldn’t return our calls) are accustomed to having our motives and our sincerity questioned by those still happy with their faith. We get it all the time. We hear that we weren’t authentic enough, or we weren’t fully surrendered to the will of God, or we had some unconfessed sin in our lives, or whatever. Maybe we just didn’t go to the right kind of church, or we read from the wrong version… Read more

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