Someone, Please Save Me From Hell

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A relative recently posted this image on facebook, along with a call for all of those "who haven't repented" to take note. There are a lot of Christians today who either do not believe in hell or downplay the idea of hell. Unfortunately, this is not true of my relatives. For them, hell is as real as you or me, and is the rate of anyone who has not repented and prayed the sinner's prayer. Sadly, I cannot simply be theoretical about this. This is because I know from experience that a belief in … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead (Painful Stereotypes Edition)

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My evangelical parents and siblings recently went and saw God's Not Dead. This made me profoundly uncomfortable. I haven't seen the movie, but I have seen the trailer, and that's enough to tell me that the movie's representation of what it is to be an atheist bears absolutely no resemblance to me. Beyond its depiction of atheists, the movie's entire premise is so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. Wikipedia describes the movie's plot as follows: Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a naive freshman … [Read more...]

The Totally Unoriginal Atheist Case against Abortion

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The Friendly Atheist created quite the brouhaha lately by publishing a guest post by Kristine Kruszelnicki, president of Pro-Life Humanists. This post was titled "Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here's Why I'm One of Them." My response? Thank you, Captain Obvious. No seriously. Are there really people who think that atheists can't be against abortion?  I do not understand this reasoning. Is there supposed to be a litmus test, that if you're an atheist you're automatic and by … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Alix on Civility and Confrontation

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Reader Alix and I disagreed last week in a comment thread about the role of things like personal attacks in argument with those with whom you disagree. As you may know, my comment policy makes certain requirements of those who comment here. This is my blog, and as such I set the rules. Alix and I still disagree on a few particulars, but I offered er the chance to write a guest post on the topic. Here it is.  A Guest Post by Alix Let me tell you a story. Way back, years ago (before I … [Read more...]

On the Conflation of “Secular” and “Atheist”

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Some weeks ago I reposted an article by Sarah Jones. In it, Sarah explained why she is not a "secular activist." A significant number of commenters objected, arguing that Sarah was conflating the words "secular" and "atheist," and that the two words were fundamentally different. They argued that secularism was synonymous with the separation of church and state, that it was a sort of middle ground where religion and non-religion were on an equal footing, and that it was the belief that no one has … [Read more...]

When God Took a Journey in a Cave

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We were walking to the car one night when Sally commented on the stars. "Do you what makes them stay up there?" I asked her. "God put them there!" Sally exclaimed. "Who is God?" This was the first time I'd heard her use the term. "God is Jesus," she replied. "But what is God?" "Mom!" Sally exclaimed. "God is just his name! He has two names, God and Jesus!" "Well, then how did he put the stars in the sky?" "I will tell you the story," Sally responded with a smile, and her … [Read more...]

I Am Not an Anti-Theist

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I may not believe in God, gods, or the supernatural, but I don't have a problem with other people doing so. It's funny, at some point I think I did have a problem with that. In the earlier days of blogging, even, I felt more opposed to theistic beliefs. Indeed, there are things I wrote several years ago that I might well not write today. Of course, I still am opposed to some religious beliefs. I am opposed to beliefs that hurt people, to beliefs that cause people to hurt others, and to beliefs … [Read more...]


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