Tweeting my way through the Bible: Genesis and Exodus

One reason to follow me on Twitter is that I’m currently in the process of Tweeting my way through the Bible. The idea for the project came to me when a friend from high school complained about me posting anti-religious stuff on Facebook. This made me wonder: what would he think if I started posting [Read More...]

Hello Patheos!

Hi everybody! My name is Chris Hallquist, and like Libby Anne and JT before me, I’m moving to Patheos from Freethought Blogs. I’m an atheist who’s been blogging about religion (among other things) since I graduated high school, along the way writing a (now out-of-print) book and getting a masters degre in philosophy from the University [Read More...]

Biiiiiig announcement coming up…

Hey everybody, blogging is likely to be sparse the next day or two, but only because there are some BIG changes happening in my life, which I’ll announce soon. Until then, consider this an open thread. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book in progress. In the 17th and 18th centuries, only a few radicals like Spinoza dared to question the trustworthiness of the Christian Bible. This changed in the 19th century, with the rise of liberal and modernist movements within theology made once-scandalous ideas increasingly acceptable. Many conservative Christians, [Read More...]

Unintelligible theology

Spinoza made very clear that his views on God were not at all like those of most people in his time. For that, he was widely denounced as an atheist. I’ve noticed that most people today with unusual views about what they call “God” aren’t so clear about their unusual views. [Read more...]

Tyrion Lannister on books

This is one of my favorite quotes from the entire Song of Ice and Fire series. Image source here: [Read more...]

Socking a queer in the goddamned face: William Buckley and nostalgia

This is old news, but when Gore Vidal died, I learned that William F. Buckley once said to Vidal, “Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamned face and you’ll stay plastered.” [Read more...]

Unorthodox theology

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book in progress. At this point, a few readers, especially ones with highly unorthodox religious ideas, will cling to the “God I don’t believe in either line.” They might say, “My version of religion doesn’t require believing in miracles or anything superstitious like that!” [Read more...]

Grrr… editing

My next step for writing The Book is to go back and edit the not-entirely-satisfying work I did on chapters two and three, and trying to incorporate a lot of what I wrote about a month ago about civility. I’m considering cutting a lot of material so I can make them one chapter. But I just [Read More...]


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