Have you ever considered why Batman has to wear protective armor but Superman doesn’t?  The reason is obvious, of course:  Bruce Wayne is a fragile human being while Kal-El is impervious and virtually indestructible.  One requires special protection while the other does not.  Furthermore, you can tell which areas are the most important (and the most vulnerable) by noting where the strongest armor is situated (e.g. the cranium). The same protection principle applies in movies and video games.  You can… Read more

Last summer I spent entirely too much time in discussion groups arguing with people about whether or not gods exist. I say “gods” because there were several being debated. Of course, where I live, everyone safely assumes that only one particular deity is even on the table for discussion. But the internet can open you up to a much wider world. For example, it was through participation in one of these groups that I learned just how silly and egocentric… Read more

A friend once asked me whether or not my life is better now that I no longer believe in invisible spirits or the supernatural. My answer is that it’s a mixed bag. On the negative side, I must say that the reactions of people who liked me better when I still had faith have been at times very strong. While this is no place to go into details, there have been some harsh social consequences for my loss of faith…. Read more

A friend recently expressed surprise that I would leave the Christian faith if my experience of it was largely positive.  Not only was I pretty devoted as a follower of that tradition, but I even had a few years of experience in various kinds of ministry, most of which were positive as well.  So why on earth would I leave it?  Ironically, it was that very devotion to my faith which finally led me out of it entirely. I left… Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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