atheists and acts of God

For some twisted reason I find this funny. Right in the middle of a man's defiance against God, he's struck by lightening. Most people would see a connection.Our minds demand cause-and-effect relationships between events.This is not necessarily true.CHECK OUT MY ART! … [Read more...]

oh my God there’s a friendly atheist!

I'm in love with an atheist, Hemant Mehta, the The Friendly Atheist. In my philosophical construct, he and I are no different, but are essentially connected and united. So we might as well seal the deal.I know this comes as a shock to many of you because this last April Fool's Day me and Rob Bell were married. But I just can't help myself.He wrote a post today about "It's Perfectly Acceptable To Mock Church Culture" in which he applauds Stephanie Drury of Stuff Christian Culture Likes … [Read more...]

10 reasons to be afraid of atheists

Here are ten reasons to be afraid of atheists:There are some pretty nasty atheists that even seem dangerous. I don't know any personally, but I have met some online that I'm glad are at arm's length. There are some atheists who are just rude and won't respect but attack your beliefs or rationale, which can make conversing with them very uncomfortable and confrontational. There are some atheists who, because they are atheists, are by your standards going to Hell and are therefore, by … [Read more...]

the progressive development of my boxes for God

Boxes are great, even necessary, until they don't work anymore.How is yours working? Or is it for you as it is for me: there is no box? … [Read more...]

i found an atheist in a fox hole

It has been said about those who serve in the military that there are no atheists in fox holes. In other words, when things get really tough everyone is a believer.We know that isn't true.In the dramatic documentary film Touching the Void, mountain climber Joe Simpson falls into a crevasse and is left for dead. Interviewed about what went through his mind at the time, he said: "I was brought up as a devout Catholic. I had long since stopped believing in God. I always wondered if things … [Read more...]

interview by Deity Shmeity

I gave a written interview to Grundy's atheist site, Deity Shmeity. This is one of his questions and my answer. You can read all of the interview on his site.You’ve mentioned on your site that the combination of the your reputation and small town living has caused some discomfort in past church appearances. Overall, how are you treated by Christians as an “out” atheist and ex-pastor?Again, it's interesting that you call me an "out" atheist. Some would say I'm an atheist. Some would say I'm a … [Read more...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson rejects labels too

You might remember that about a week ago I wrote a post entitled labels are the problem. I received quite a bit of flak for that.I was pleased today when someone forwarded me the link to this video of the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson pretty much saying the same thing.Again I claim: labels are the problem. I do not wish to subscribe to and perpetuate it.And I think Christians can be the first to reject labels in the interest of compassion and grace.My books elaborate on this. … [Read more...]

labels are the problem

My good online friend Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, wrote a post entitled David I'm Trying To Figure You Out!. He quoted a bunch of things I'd said about atheism. His post is fair and playful. The ensuing comments are not so playful. Hey, that's blogging!But it does point to an issue I think is fundamentally important. I wrote a comment on Hemant's post. Here's what I said: Well well well. I just noticed this post and the ensuing comments. Sorry for the tardiness in weighing in. After … [Read more...]

you can stay or leave

I have always felt it is of utmost importance to allow people their right to choose and walk their own spiritual walk, no matter where they are or where it might lead. It's their right! Respect it.Did you know it is possible to help people leave the church, stay in the church, stay away from the church, return to the church, or to become an atheist, or to choose another religion? It's their choice. Respect it.Yesterday I got two separate emails from two different people. I kind of shook my … [Read more...]

christian or atheist?

Last night I put up some posts on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, etc., about atheism. I caused quite a stir. It shouldn't come as any surprise to our regular readers as we know I've talked about atheism quite a bit. In fact, some of the most prolific sharers of my cartoons are atheist sites, such as the friendly atheist.So let me explain.The bible gives room for unbelief. For instance, in Mark 9:24, a man exclaims, "Lord I believe. Help my unbelief!" And there's Thomas who can't … [Read more...]