Creating Spaces for Collective Mourning

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Last week Dan Fincke introduced this prompt for Forward Thinking: If it were up to you to design one or more basic models for messaging and for ritual through which people were to regularly mark deaths together, what would such ceremonies be like?  This isn't a topic I've thought very much about, or had much experience with, but I'll try to pull together a few tentative thoughts nonetheless. Funerals, even more than weddings, can be complicated when there are people of a variety of religious be … [Read more...]

Assorted Thoughts on Civility

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I have a bunch of stuff in my mind right now and I sort of want to just dump it all out here in a semi-organized fashion. After this I'm planning to take a hiatus from writing about civil discussion and tactics because, to be honest, I find it fairly boring compared to what I usually write about. Before I get started, I want to make it clear that I am off of whatever high horse I sometimes get on (sorry!). This is just me trying to sort through this in my mind, and I'm most interested in your … [Read more...]

Jesus, Doctor Who, and My Preschooler

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"What is that?"Sally had a Bible story book in her hand, and was pointing to the empty tomb. The picture showed the tomb with the stone rolled away, a radiant Jesus standing outside talking to Mary Magdalene, and two sleeping Roman guards off to the side."That's the empty tomb," I told her. "After Jesus died they buried him there, and then he rose again. That means he came alive again."Sally looked from the picture to me, confused. I wrote last month that ever since I overheard Sally call … [Read more...]

Why I Believe in Civil Discussion

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Just how civil atheists should be in their communication with the religious seems to be a perennial conversation in the atheist blogosphere, though these ideas are applicable much more broadly than just that. Fellow Patheos blogger Dan Fincke, who has long argued in favor of civil discussion, recently called my attention to a study that looked at the effect of online comments on a person's perception of argument and information. This from Mother Jones: In a recent study, a team of researchers … [Read more...]

This Thing That Happens When I Change My Mind

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So. I've started noticing this weird pattern. Just, weird.Here's an example from a comment responding to what I wrote about leaving Christianity and becoming an atheist: A personal relationship with Jesus is what you were missing in your childhood and young adulthood, and that rejection of Jesus Christ has estranged you from your family and caused you to go 180 degrees the other way. I want you to know that I am praying for you; that you would seek Jesus with your whole heart. He died a … [Read more...]

Custador Makes a Pledge

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Yesterday Custador, who writes at Unreasonable Faith, published a post called "Venturing off the Atheism Track" in which he tackled rape culture, discussed some of his own experiences, and finished by making a pledge: To imply that women will stop rape, to my mind (however unintentionally), perpetuates the harmful myth that women are responsible for rape. That is, on the whole, untrue. I’m not saying that women don’t have a role to play, they clearly do: It’s a role that they share with men, thou … [Read more...]

On “Equity Feminism” and “Gender Feminism”

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You may or may not have been following all the hoopla over feminism in the online atheist community in the last two years. While I have never addressed it directly on my blog, I've definitely kept up with it. Blogger vjack of Atheist Revolution has written about it quite a bit, and recently put up a post in which he suggests that the conflict stems from competing definitions of feminism: "equity feminism" and "gender feminism." Here is how he describes them: In a nutshell, equity feminism refers … [Read more...]


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