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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Who Is Outside the Circle?

The Phoenix City Council has voted to replace the traditional prayer before their city council meetings with a moment of silence rather than allow a Satanist group a turn to give the prayer. As I was reading about this decision, I was struck by this image:The text reads "Prayer circle forms outside council meeting following vote to switch to moment of silence" and the image shows a large circle of people, some in suits, holding hands. Do you know what I feel when I look at that … [Read more...]


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Richard Dawkins’ Patronizing Paternalism

Richard Dawkins has stepped in it on twitter again. This time he tweeted a photo of the wife of a prominent Middle Eastern dictator who does not wear hijab, with the text "This is how a good Muslim speaks. And how she dresses. And wears her beautiful hair." Can you say patronizing? Dawkins then deleted his tweet, not because he realized he'd said anything wrong but rather out of concerns that it might put this woman's life in danger, but not before someone on twitter captured a screenshot. We … [Read more...]


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A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Ex-Fundamentalists

Christian blogger Allan R. Bevere recently wrote a blog post titled "Re-Formed Fundamentalists." I came upon this post because it was mentioned on Exploring Our Matrix, a progressive Christian Patheos blog that I generally like. Bevere's basic premise is that fundamentalists who consider themselves reformed are often actually "re-formed"---i.e., they have simply become fundamentalists of a different type.Bevere begins his post as follows: If there is one thing that can be asserted without pr … [Read more...]


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Marissa Jenae Johnson: Radical Christian, Palin Supporter

Michael Stone of Progressive Secular Humanist here on the Patheos Atheist channel recently posted about the Black Lives Matter protesters who shut down a Bernie Sanders event in Seattle last week. I don't want to address the main thrust of Stone's post---except to note that black activists have plenty of good reasons to be upset with Democratic politicians---but I do want to address two specific points he made.First, this point:[P]erhaps even more damning, on her Facebook page, [Marissa … [Read more...]


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On Intersectionality and Bibles in Hotel Rooms

Hemant Mehta recently crossposted an article published in American Atheist magazine. This article, written by Steve Lowe, was titled Dealing with Hotel Bibles. Here's an excerpt: When I come across a Bible — or any religious book — in a hotel room, I personally take it to the front desk. I smile, shake the hand of the person behind the counter, and compliment them on something (the nice room, the helpful staff, etc.). If it’s the case, I mention that I’m a member of their loyalty program. I then … [Read more...]


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