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 AlixLet me tell you a story.Way back, years ago (before I had … [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...]

Interfaith Marriage and Interfaith Parenting: A Reader Asks

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A reader recently emailed me with some questions and I thought you all might be able to help him out. First I'll quote from his emails (he has given me permission to do so) and then I'll give some guidance for your responses. I married my Baptist wife while I was still searching within Christianity. I was enjoying going to a Presbyterian church in Tulsa because the sermons the pastor preached were often from a viewpoint that I hadn't heard in the version of Christianity I experienced growing … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Containing Multitutes

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When I read Sarah's post last week, I knew right away that I wanted to share it here. I found myself nodding so hard so many times I couldn't not do so. And so with Sarah's permission, here it is for you to read as well. A Guest Post by Sarah JonesOriginally Posted on Anthony B. SusanSo I’m not a secular activist.To the horrified atheists reading my blog: let go of your pearls. To the Christians praising the Lord: this prodigal hasn’t returned. I am an atheist. I deliberately chos … [Read more...]

Can We Not Tell Gay Christians What To Do Please?

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The Friendly Atheist recently posted an article written by guest blogger Camille. The title was "Gay Christians Shouldn't Just Leave the Church; They Should Leave the Faith." Camille starts by discussing a fictional interview between Pastor Stanton Jones and a gay man named Todd, in which Stanton tells Todd that he should admit his sexual struggles to his evangelical church and ask them to support him in his quest to remain chaste. Camille then turns to a response by fellow Patheos blogger Tony … [Read more...]


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