What Do Atheists Do All Day?

Catholic blogger Matthew Archbold recently wrote a post titled "Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and I Can Prove It." What struck me, in reading through his piece, is a series of specific assumptions. Take this, for instance: 4) This is an extreme Christian.This is an extreme atheist:See the difference? Mother Theresa believed that suffering and poverty were beautiful, and reportedly denied patients in her care access to pain medicines or other interventions that would have … [Read more...]


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Here Come the Straw Atheists!

I recently came upon a website run by Campus Crusade for Christ. The website is designed as an outreach to students; Campus Crusade for Christ states that 900 new professions of faith are made every day due to their website (about which I have questions). The website directs questioning students to an article by Marilyn Anderson titled Does God Exist? The article starts with the typical claims---the complexity of the universe, the beginning of the universe, the laws of nature, and DNA---before co … [Read more...]


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From Patheos Atheist to Patheos Nonreligious

I've been blogging for over half a decade now. From time to time, I revise my blog's "about" page. It's interesting, looking back, to note how my terminology has changed. "I am today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive," my "about" page declared in 2012. "I am today a feminist, a progressive, and a nonbeliever," it read in 2014. At that point, the term "atheist" disappeared completely from my "about" page. Then, earlier this year, 2016, my wording changed yet again: "I write about religion … [Read more...]


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Religion Is Not Black and White

I took a class on gender and sexuality in graduate school. I decided to analyze scholarly works on ways Christianity was used to limit women's rights and roles in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in my final paper, a historiography. At some point in the semester, my professor told me that I needed to start my project over, looking instead at scholarly works on the ways in which women used Christianity to expand their rights and roles. I was already partway through my research and wasn't … [Read more...]


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Which God Is Looking Out for Them?

And so it has begun. Evangelicals on my Facebook feed are praising the faith of various of the five female gymnasts representing the United States in Rio, sharing articles and images. That's why they can keep going, they're saying. That's why they never give up. I grew up in an evangelical home, so this is familiar. We heard stories of Scottish athlete Eric Liddell, who put his faith ahead of everything still set a world record at the 1924 Olympics. Christian athletes spoke at our church on … [Read more...]


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How Do You Explain the Rapture to a Secular First Grader?

I grew up in an evangelical home. My daughter is growing up in a nonreligious home. One of the weirdest things about this situation is attempting to explain concepts that made perfect sense to me as a child---because they were all I knew, and all the adults around me believed them---too my children, who have no context for any of them. My son, Bobby, is still a bit young for such discussions, but my first grade daughter, Sally, is not. She is becoming more and more curious and more interested in … [Read more...]


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Study Philosophy with Dan Fincke!

Hey guys! I've known Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers almost since I first started blogging. In fact, way back when, he and I drafted a post comparing our experiences growing up in very different yet in some ways similar evangelical homes that I don't think we ever ended up posting! Oops! Anyway, I wanted to take a moment to make sure my readers know about Dan's online philosophy classes.Dan was an adjunct college instructor for a number of years before deciding to go into business for hims … [Read more...]


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