February 5, 2018

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

January 31, 2018

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

January 15, 2018

[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

January 9, 2018

Have you ever attended a Christian funeral for someone who died an atheist? I did once, and it was the most curious mix of narrative distortion and preachy denial I had seen since…well, since the last time I had attended church, come to think of it. I suppose it could have been much worse. If they had stuck to their theological guns and remained consistent with what they said they believe, they would have all been agonizing over the loss of a friend to… Read more

January 6, 2018

The Last Jedi is a bold move to create a more grown-up Star Wars universe for an audience that has moved beyond the worship of childhood heroes. Read more

December 31, 2017

Here on the last day of the calendar year, the time has come for me to reflect on the year behind us and to sum up what it was like. You know what? It’s probably best I just don’t. It’s been a rough year. For all of us. But I did write a few things that seemed to find traction among frequenters of Godless in Dixie, so today I stop to reflect and find out which topics seemed to garner the most… Read more

December 15, 2017

Like most Southerners, I get roped into going to church from time to time for one reason or another, usually because of family. My friends on Facebook express dismay every time this happens, I suppose because they’re afraid I’ll get sucked back into the emotional manipulation of the whole Sunday morning production. I keep assuring them they have nothing to worry about because I have heard and experienced every kind of sales pitch and performance the church has to offer. The whole thing… Read more

November 29, 2017

Earlier this week, the virtual community to which I belong was devastated to learn that one of our own had taken the life of his wife, Jennifer Smith, followed by taking his own life, leaving behind four children (three of whom are pictured below). The next few weeks and months will be difficult for them, but every kind of help we can provide will go toward helping them cope with their loss. Family of the victims have set up a GoFundMe… Read more

November 25, 2017

Christianity immortalized the seeds of its own deconstruction by putting them in the mouth of its very founder. This hit me like a ton of bricks today, and I’m not sure why I didn’t see it sooner. I was thinking again this week about the reasons why I left my faith (or rather why it left me), and it dawned on me how centrally Jesus’s own teachings factored into my deconversion. It has become cliche among atheists when asked what book… Read more

November 18, 2017

“I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.” I know it must be gratifying to pull out a zinger like this from time to time, but I’m here to tell you it’s not as clever as it sounds to you. When people say this, they’re going for style over substance, and it only works on people who are already members of their tribe. It’s like a verbal hair flip meant to communicate confidence and superiority. But it’s as disingenuous… Read more

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