How I Lost My Fear of Reading My Daughter Bible Stories

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about my concerns about reading Bible story books to my daughter Sally. Any atheist parent with religious relatives will have to figure out how to deal with the Bible story books their children will inevitably be given for birthdays and Christmas. This is something that’s been on my mind lately because a Noah’s Ark board book has suddenly become my young daughter’s favorite book.Some atheist parents may just return Bible themed story books when their child … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalism: “Not Interested” v. “Opposed”

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Sometimes something can be totally clear in my head but not end up that way on paper - or rather, computer screen. A couple of comments have indicated that I was unclear about something in last week's post on Unitarian Universalism and diversity of belief. In that post I touched on some of the reasons some atheists object to the UU church. I wasn't saying that these are the reasons non-UU atheists are not UU, but I didn't make that clear enough.Let me see if I can offer a bit of an example. … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalism and Diversity of Belief

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The Unitarian Universalist church is not united by a statement of faith, but rather by a set of progressive social values. Because of that, UUs are all over the map when it comes to beliefs about God. There are pagan UUs, Catholic UUs, atheist UUs, agnostic UUs, Hindu UUs, deist UUs, and even Muslim UUs. The result is that any given UU church brings together people from a variety of religious traditions and with a variety of current beliefs regarding religion, uniting them on the basis of shared … [Read more...]

What Is a Church?

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Jill of Feministe wrote an excellent article in the Guardian last week: Giving Thanks for My "Church", Where the Civic Meets the SpiritualWhether you believe, whatever you believe, we need churches - space for reflection and nourishment - and they deserve support This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for my church.I'm grateful I have a space that offers moral guidance, that reflects and builds upon my values, that pushes me to be a kinder and more generous person and that offers me a s … [Read more...]

“An it harm none, do what ye will”

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Sometimes atheists who hear my story respond by saying "wouldn't it be great if your whole family deconverts?" The first time someone said this, my gut response surprised me, because it told me something I didn't realize. You see, I honestly don't care whether or not my siblings become atheists, and I feel the same way regarding my children. I do, however, care a great deal about whether they are caring, compassionate, loving people who do good and not harm to both others and themselves. I'm … [Read more...]

How the Catholic Church Made Me a Progressive

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I grew up in an evangelical bubble. When I left this bubble to attend college, I found my beliefs challenged. When my evangelical beliefs began slipping through my fingers, I grasped for something to hold onto. I found that in Catholicism. When I first converted I was extremely conservative in addition to being very fervent and devout. I read the early church fathers and the catechism, Catholic apologetic books and the lives of the saints. Of course, this didn't last. All this is to preface the … [Read more...]

How Dan Fincke Deconverted

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Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers has been writing an ongoing series about his deconversion from evangelical Christianity to atheism. While it's long, it's quite good, because Dan takes the time to really analyze what challenged his faith, how he fought to keep it, and how and why he eventually found he could not hold onto it. Dan explains why he writes about his deconversion as follows:As with other evangelicals, my story of deconversion is in part about proving the sincerity of my … [Read more...]


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