Over the past six months I’ve written a little over fifty posts, and it occurred to me that my readers need a better way to navigate what I’ve written.  So I present to you THE  GODLESS TOUR. I’ve categorized my posts into nine general categories, starting with the video that brings many here in the first place: Video Response to the Video My Story, My Reasons Living Godless in the Deep South Objections I Hear A LOT Critiques of Fundamentalism… Read more

A few weeks ago, Rachel Held Evans wrote a plea to atheists, asking us not to judge Christians by their more offensive representatives, offering in exchange not to judge atheists by our most extreme spokespersons, either. I’ve already agreed with Hemant Mehta’s reply pointing out the false equivalency of statements made by Pat Robertson and Richard Dawkins. But I’d like to counter with an offer of my own: I promise to treat your beliefs with the same measure of respect with which you treat my… Read more

I’m sure you have lots of questions about how I came to disbelieve the very faith in which I helped raise you girls during the first few years of your lives. There’s plenty I could say, but I’m in no rush to have that conversation with you because it would be an awful lot to process all at once. You are in the awkward position of having two parents on opposite sides of a pretty controversial divide. Now, when it… Read more

One of the hardest parts about growing up is learning which voices to trust. When you are very small, you frankly don’t understand enough to make important decisions, so those are made for you by somebody else. You don’t have any responsibilities either, so you don’t have to know that much. But as you get older and your responsibilities multiply, it becomes important that you learn to make decisions for yourself, and that means learning to recognize which voices you… Read more

Have you ever heard a preacher say “It’s better to give than to receive” during a tithing sermon? Did you know that the verse he was quoting was actually calling for the exact opposite of what he was doing? The Apostle Paul credited Jesus with this saying even though it appears nowhere else in the Bible—it never shows up in the gospels. What’s even more curious is that Paul almost never quotes Jesus. This is one of only two places… Read more

I spent 20 years devoting my life to the Christian faith, and during most of those years I wholeheartedly believed I was in a “relationship, not a religion.” I was taught to see the Christian faith as unique, exceptional, and sooo much better than all those foreign religions and cults out there because theirs were based on “works” while mine was based on “faith” or “grace” (depending on an ultimately minuscule theological variation). Now that I’m on the outside of… Read more

This week I started the ball rolling on something which could prove to be a long legal battle for me. I won’t divulge the details at present but like many other places where my non-belief has come in contact with my surrounding culture, this could lead to some difficult challenges. But if you don’t do something to try and change things, they just. stay. the same. This song is one of the songs I run to in the morning before… Read more

Have you ever known someone who showered you with promises but rarely kept any of them? Did you learn not to trust that person from that point on, or did you instead make excuses for him, insisting that he is still trustworthy? If you’re a reasonable person, you would learn from such an experience. Sadly, however, many do not. Some will go to their graves defending the integrity of those who have failed them time and again, and this is… Read more

I’m gonna come right out and say it: I’m not a big fan of Jesus. I know it’s hip and cool say you don’t like the church but you love Jesus, except I always feel the need to ask: Which Jesus do you mean? How do you determine what he was/is like? I see two basic ways to answer this question. One, you can take the Bible at face value and decide that whatever it says about him must be… Read more

In the early summer of 1844, a series of riots broke out in Philadelphia leading to 32 deaths, more than a hundred injuries, and the burning of dozens of homes and public buildings. The reason these riots broke out wasn’t hunger or political oppression or previous acts of violence. No, the reason these riots occurred was that all Philadelphia schools at the time began each day with a Bible reading and one Christian group wanted their children to be allowed… Read more

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