Why Christians Don’t Like Sharing Their Faith

A few weeks ago I attended my family’s church because my oldest was being recognized among the seniors graduating from high school (yes, I’m old enough for such things). Attending the church of my youth is always interesting and entertaining, and most likely in all the wrong ways if what they’re hoping is that I’ll come under the Holy Spirit’s conviction, exclaiming that “Surely the Lord is in this place!” What I sense whenever I visit is something other than… Read more

Wonder Woman: When Gods Come of Age

What do Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Logan, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier all have in common? I mean, yes, besides the obvious details that they are all from the Marvel universe and they’re all entertaining films. They all brought in less money their first weekend than did Wonder Woman this past weekend, and for good reason. I must confess I had a number of reservations going into the theater. While they did pick a woman, Patty Jenkins,… Read more

Help Me Write a Book (and Make Some Videos) This Summer

I have some ambitious goals for this summer. I’ve been putting off writing a book for some time now because, well, there’s so much to tell. I think it has taken me until now to figure out how much to leave out and how much to include. That said, I believe I’m about ready to sit down and tell my story. But I could use your help. I teach high school math during the school year, which leaves the summers… Read more

Finding Good Without God

This weekend after watching one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with me, my daughter turned to me and asked, “How does that compass work, anyway? I mean, what does it DO?” I explained to her that it works by leading you, not in a cardinal direction, but by showing you the way to whatever it is that you want most. [pdf version | mp3 audio version] The fictitious compass represents a bit of delicious irony in that a compass… Read more

Apologetics: Preaching to the Choir

Apologetics isn’t for the lost, it’s for the already saved. Generally speaking, apologetics books and articles are written by Christians and for Christians, no matter who their authors claim are the target audience of their work. The only people who are ever impressed with the arguments therein are people who are already “within the fold.” I virtually never hear of people actually coming to the faith through work of an apologist. On the other hand, I know of three people… Read more

My Interview with The Science Enthusiast Podcast (Audio)

It’s a busy week for me and podcasts! On Monday I posted an episode of the For god’s Sake Podcast hosted by Matthew O’Neil, and today I’m sharing an episode of The Science Enthusiast Podcast (Facebook page here) hosted by Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast) and Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting). In this episode I tell them a bit about my own story, and we had a really open and honest discussion about what it’s like living as a skeptic in the Deep… Read more

Parenting Children Who Still Believe

Most fathers enjoy the luxury of sharing their beliefs with their own children unguarded, without fear of reprisal. It’s the kind of entitlement you hardly even notice until it is taken away. Back in the charmed early days of parenting each of my four beautiful daughters, I enjoyed that luxury myself. But our family dynamic eventually changed, and now I find myself separated from them by a deep ideological chasm. I myself am no longer a Christian, while virtually everyone else whom I love still… Read more

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

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