What Atheists Wish Christians Knew About Them (Expanded)

Several have asked me to put my “What Atheists Wish Christians Knew About Them” into writing so they could share it with those who don’t feel like watching the video. Since my talk at the church was long enough already, I didn’t get the chance to go into much detail or elaborate on any of the points I gave. Also, given the face-to-face nature of the interview, I felt I should limit my explanations of each of the points in… Read more

Why I Find the Notion of Hell Absurd

In a previous post entitled “Why I Am an Anti-Fundamentalist,” I mentioned that I cannot condone any form of theism which preaches the concept of Hell. That post was long enough already, so I moved my elaboration of that point to here. To someone like me, the notion of Hell is absurd for at least three reasons: a.)  There’s a lot of fuzzy ambiguous thinking about how this concept would even work. Presumably the torture of this “place” is supposed to… Read more

Why I Am an Anti-Fundamentalist (and not an Anti-Theist) Part 2

I am not a person who tends to be against things.  I often say that I am a pathologically conciliatory person. Maybe it’s because I’m a middle child. Maybe it’s because I grew up sandwiched between two girls, or because I’ve fathered four of my own.  Whatever the reason, I don’t like to fight.  But there comes a time when you realize something needs to be fought.  You see the damage it causes not only yourself but also those around you, and… Read more

Why I Am an Anti-Fundamentalist (and not an Anti-Theist) Part 1

I’ve argued in another post that, like all wars, the culture wars elicit different kinds of action depending on context.  On the front lines, when face-to-face with one’s enemy, nothing less than confrontational attack will suffice.  But when among friends, diplomacy and relationship building are the order of the day.  At times like these it becomes crucial to know who your friends are, and who are your enemies.  Full disclosure:  As a member of the human race who feels a… Read more

In Praise of Social Networks

I tend to be hard on myself.  I’ve never understood people who nurse high views of themselves because for me my flaws are always front and center.  Some of that is natural to my own psychological make-up.  It’s typical for an introspective, reflective person.   But some of that came from the version of the Christian faith on which I cut my teeth.  I am personally convinced that low self-esteem is one of the primary ways that evangelical Christianity does… Read more

Godless in Dixie

Who would you say is the most distrusted and disliked group in America?  According to two large university studies, Americans distrust atheists more than Muslims, recent immigrants, and homosexuals, and they also find atheists the least desirable candidates for a future son-in-law or daughter-in-law.  One survey presented a scenario in which a person hit a parked car but failed to leave behind insurance information.  The survey then asked respondents to predict the probability that the person in question is a Christian,… Read more

It Takes All Kinds

In case you didn’t know, we are in the midst of a culture war.  It’s a war between competing narratives, each having its own collection of good guys and bad guys, stories of derring-do, and tales of epic battles between the forces of good and evil for the fate of the world.  But this is no mere war of words.  It is a war of ideas, and ideas have consequences.  Ideas lead people to do things, to take action.  And… Read more

What Atheists Wish Christians Knew About Them

This is an excerpt from the video I posted yesterday in conjunction with the National Interview an Atheist at Church Day.  This shorter clip is 16 minutes (as opposed to 49 minutes…ain’t nobody got time fuh dat) and it represents the portion of the interview I want most to be shared (but if you really want to see the longer interview, just click here).  If you like it, please share it far and wide! Read more

Interview an Atheist in Church Day (Jackson, MS)

In conjunction with National Interview an Atheist in Church Day (May 5, 2013), the pastor of the Meadowbrook Church of Christ in Jackson, MS interviewed me on May 1st. This is the full video. Next I’ll post it again in four parts. Read more

Losing My Religion (pt. 2)

The first letter I sent to my friends a couple of years ago in order to “come out” about my atheism prompted a slew of questions which took me some time to think through, but what follows is my (somewhat lengthy) response to their questions. My doubts probably began early in my faith with the occasional “reality check” moments while reading the Bible. I was always bothered by things like 900 year old guys in Genesis, or Noah putting two… Read more

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