“An it harm none, do what ye will”

Caring

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...]

My Local Atheist Group Didn’t Meet My Needs

Atheist group

For two full years, I didn't go to church. I enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday mornings and I enjoyed not feeling obligated to go to church each Sunday and guilty if I did not. But at the end of this past August I began attending the local Unitarian Universalist church. Why, you ask? The question is a good one.You see, my town is quite liberal, and there is a regular atheist gathering. The group meets at a local pub and the talk is all of how ridiculous religion is and of encroachments on the … [Read more...]

I Care about a Candidate’s Values, Not Faith

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Does a candidate's faith matter? This is a question I have been pondering ever since the question "would you vote for a conservative atheist or a liberal Christian?" went around the atheist blogosphere a few weeks ago. My thoughts? I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don't care whether a candidate is a Mormon or a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or an Atheist or a pagan but I do care whether a candidate values secularism, … [Read more...]

Fixing the Relationship between Faith and Politics

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What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today? This is a big and complex question, and this post is simply an attempt to offer some thoughts. In it I will address two things that I see wrong with the role of faith in American politics today and two critical areas I believe may help improve the relationship between faith and politics. Feel free to share yours as well or to seek to extend what I've written here. Problem #1: The necessity of paying lip s … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

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In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]


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