Can You Choose NOT to Believe?

I try not to get sucked into too many arguments about religion in my friends’ social media spaces because I never know how personally their friends and relatives will take the discussion. Arguing in the comment section of a blog or on Reddit is one thing, but when you’re on people’s Facebook walls you may be crossing [Read More…]

Faith and the Power of a Magic Feather

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13 Growing up evangelical, no message featured more prominently in my understanding of the Christian life than this verse. After John 3:16, this verse tops just about everybody’s list of favorite Bible passages, rivaled only by the verse in Jeremiah that says “I know the [Read More…]

Making Your Faith Impossible to Disprove

A few days ago I reshared an article entitled “Why I Broke Up with Jesus” which always inspires a predictable set of rationalizations from people defending their tradition using the same time-tested tools I learned to use when I was a Christian. I’m always glad they do it, too, because it brings into such stark relief [Read More…]

Are We All Born Atheists?

During an interview last night for an upcoming documentary on atheism in America, I was asked to tell the story of my deconversion. I get that question a lot, so I’m pretty accustomed to explaining how I got here. Only this time there was a bit of a polemical twist to the wording of the [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…]

Does Everyone Worship Something, Even Atheists?

A reader who attends church for the benefit of her still-believing husband wrote me over the weekend, confessing how hard her eyes roll whenever the preacher says one of the following: “Everyone worships something, even atheists.” “An idol is anything that replaces God in your life.” Preachers really do love to say things like this, and this [Read More…]

The “Reasonable-ness” of the Christian Faith

I asked a friend of mine who is a Christian to answer the question “Is the Christian faith a reasonable story to believe?”  What follows is his answer to that question. I invite you to interact with what he wrote, giving your responses in the comments below. Tomorrow we will revisit this piece and I [Read More…]

Changing Gods In Midstream

Halfway through his book The Reason for God, Presbyterian minister Tim Keller pauses for an “intermission” in which he pivots from his previous misrepresentation deconstruction of “the seven biggest objections…people in our culture have about the Christian faith” to lay the groundwork for part two of his book, the part in which he finally gives [Read More…]

Believing in Evolution, But Not Too Much

Reading and critiquing an apologetics book is like trying to grab hold of a live eel covered with Crisco.  Anyone who approaches such a book with less than a sincere prior commitment to believing whatever it teaches will find it so full of rhetorical smoke and mirrors he can scarcely finish reading the thing.  It is a laborious, [Read More…]

Religion and the Nepotism of the Mind

Nepotism happens when a person in a position of power or privilege rewards a relative with another position of power simply because they are related. As long as there have been human beings, there has been nepotism. I’m pretty sure it happens in every living species with a social hierarchy, but humans generally denounce the practice because [Read More…]