I never had “faith”

I just read a post discussing the definition of "faith" at Camels with Hammers, and I realized something. By his definition, I don't think I ever really had "faith." Or if I did, not very much of it. Let me explain. Dictionary.com defines faith as "belief that is not based on proof." Dan adds more detail, defining faith as follows: Faith is deliberately believing a proposition more strongly than evidence warrants (either when you think that the proposition is not strongly supported by … [Read more...]


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My atheist journey; and, how I approach religion

When I first became an atheist, I was more than a little bit timid. I was practically apologetic. I was painfully aware that I lived in a religious world surrounded by religious people, and that I was the aberration. I was content to just see things differently and keep my head down.Then I read Dawkins' The God Delusion. This changed everything for me. Suddenly I no longer felt the need to apologize for my lack of belief. Suddenly I no longer felt the need to keep my head down. I no longer … [Read more...]


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On closet atheists and the atheist “out” campaign

After I wrote my post explaining that I blog anonymously and why, and a subsequent post on the journey of coming out,I received a number of comments from atheists, agnostics, and skeptics who are not fully "out" either.The Timid Atheist explained her reasons for not coming out as follows: The biggest reason I don’t come out is because I’m a single mother living in a state that absolutely looks at religion as something required for children to have a happy, healthy, well-rounded home life. And I … [Read more...]


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Reality Matters

I just read Greta's recent post, "Truth Is Not Boring," and this quote stuck out to me: There’s something JT Eberhard says a lot in his talks, and he said it again in some of his responses to de Botton: Caring about reality is a moral obligation. You can have the best intentions in the world, but if you’re not committed to understanding how the world really works, you’re going to make bad decisions: decisions that hurt yourself and others around you. You’re going to let your child die when medic … [Read more...]


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Tarot Cards and Me

This is a slightly edited repost from last summer that I thought my readers might enjoy. Growing up, I was always afraid to look at tarot cards. Not that I came in contact with them much, of course, but I'd see them for sale at a local bookstore and stay far, far away. I'd read Frank Peretti and other authors talking about witchcraft and tarot cards and the like, and the demonic influence these things invited. In Peretti, the demons were real and physical, plaguing people and looking for an … [Read more...]


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Coming out (as an atheist) is a journey not an event

For those raised in religious families surrounded by religious friends and relatives, coming out as an atheist is a big deal. It means risking the potential - and in many cases the likelihood - of losing friends and experiencing damaged relationships with relatives. It may even mean facing emotional manipulation and the pain of rejection. It means a complete change of identity.Personally, I don't see coming out as an atheist as a one time thing. For some it may be, but for me at least, it has … [Read more...]


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On anonymous blogging and “coming out” as an atheist

I hope my readers don't think less of me for this, but there is a reason I blog anonymously. The truth is, I'm not out completely to all of my family members. And at the moment, that's okay. For me, coming out as an atheist is a journey rather than an event.Basically, I stopped talking to my parents about my spiritual journey some years ago, and they probably assume I am still frozen where I was: Christian, but not of their specific brand. For the time being, I let them assume that. Why?I … [Read more...]


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