Interview: Ten Questions for Atheists About Christianity

My friend and Patheos colleague, Amber Barnhill, was approached by a student from a local Bible college for an interview. She had a list of questions to ask her for a project she is working on, and Amber decided to pass them along for the rest of us to chew on. The interviewer explained: “It’s all aimed at [Read More…]

The Predatory Side of Religion

Those of us who used to be devout face a tricky challenge when we go through trying times. There used to be easier ways for us to share our pains and losses with others and receive support. Church has its drawbacks, to be sure, but after we leave it behind we find we are giving up a source of community [Read More…]

Why I Am (Still) Not an Anti-Theist

I’ve considered myself an atheist for nearly seven years now and have been openly writing about it for the last three of them. In my very first “coming out” talk (video here) I made a point at the end of saying that “not all atheists are anti-theists,” and I probably got more grief for that [Read More…]

FAQ: Advice About “Coming Out” Atheist to My Spouse?

From time to time I receive emails from fellow skeptics who are going through that often gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking experience of being “unequally yoked” with a spouse who occupies a significantly different place on the belief spectrum. “Mixed faith” marriages can be stress-inducing, and there are no easy answers or formulaic steps for successfully navigating that [Read More…]

When the In-Laws Try to Help

An online friend recounted a story this week, and it touched a nerve for me. He and his wife have been working through their differences since he became an atheist, and it sounds like they are making some progress, perhaps arriving at a few compromises. But anyone who has walked through this knows that the [Read More…]

Preacher Says Atheists Prey on Fear, Prejudice, and Ignorance

I used to think the Christian faith equipped individuals with superior tools for self-analysis and critical introspection. Boy, was I wrong on that one. I started out my journey away from faith fully expecting to find that non-Christians are far less self-aware than Christians, allowing vices within themselves which the high standards of the Christian [Read More…]

What Christians Mean When They Use the Word “Atheist”

Christian media outlets are fond of touting the latest story about a “former atheist” becoming a Christian.  These stories sell well, and I remember making much of them myself back in the day.  Now that I’m on the other side of this issue, I hear this declaration with different ears. Now when I hear these [Read More…]

Why Atheists Like Me Keep Talking About God

Earlier this week, a member of a relatively liberal Christian Facebook group to which I belong asked why the atheists in the group feel the need to insert themselves into discussions about religion when they aren’t believers themselves.  If we don’t believe in God, why do we talk about him so much? Whenever someone asks why [Read More…]

My First Christmas Without Christ

About a year ago, towards the end of my deconversion, I wasn’t comfortable saying I was a “Capital A” Atheist. I still kept praying and wanting some belief. I dabbled in paganism for a bit, trying to plan a solstice celebration of sorts because the solstice was on a new moon, which I thought was [Read More…]

Who Gives Peace to the Peacemakers?

[Today’s guest post is written by Galen Broaddus, a web developer, secular celebrant, and former evangelical living in central Illinois] In a lot of ways, I am very fortunate for the situation I’ve found myself in since my deconversion from Christianity. Despite having very religious and conservative parents, one of whom (my father) was a [Read More…]