The burden of proof is a term used in debates that indicates who has to prove a claim that’s been put forth. As RationalWiki puts it, the burden of proof is the obligation that somebody presenting a new or remarkable idea has to provide evidence to support it. It is not anybody’s responsibility to disprove the claim itself, but rather it is the responsibility of the person making the claim to demonstrate that the claim is credible. One of the… Read more

One of the hardest things I encountered after my de-conversion from Christianity was how to live without second-guessing everything I did, thought, said, or felt. It’s all fine to say “Well, it was you all along anyway, so all you had to do was skip to the end,” but it’s a lot harder to put that idea into practice. I was used to knowing exactly where to stand on a range of social issues and moral situations. This was good,… Read more

The sky is falling, but Christians are looking at the ground to find out why. Check out this fascinating article from a Christian news site about young people who are leaving their religion in record numbers. The news was even worse than I’d originally thought and it looks like things are just deteriorating faster and faster. * 73% of people with no religious affiliation (the “Nones”) came out of religious homes; 66% were described as de-converts. * Rainer Research found… Read more

In the last week I’ve had Christians making assumptions about me like five times, so this post just about walked up and yelled at me to write it. Here we go! “I hope one day you find peace,” wrote the sweet, naive young Christian woman. She meant well and I’m not angry or offended with her, but it made me think about the many times Christians have assumed things about me just this week (many in a way less friendly… Read more

Housekeeping kinda post. I just wanted to say that we’re now at two(ish) months since this blog began and I’m just so impressed with how the community is managing itself. I put comments on moderation to help create a “safe space” for those who don’t normally get a safe space in the blogosphere, and I want y’all to know something I realized today and found rather remarkable: I have approved without changes every single comment I’ve ever gotten on this… Read more

My great thanks to David for nominating me for an Inspiring Blogger Award! That was super-sweet and I sure do appreciate the nod. <3 to him, all those wonderful friends I’ve made through this blog already, and to the new folks coming in. A couple months ago when I took the plunge I’d never have imagined I’d reach and touch so many people in this short time. So let me explain a little to catch everybody up. My blog is… Read more

One of the most aggravating logical fallacies I see Christians use is the circular argument. That means that the argument’s premise must be assumed to be true to get to the conclusion, which is similarly assumed to be true, and the conclusion then links you straight to the premise again. Neither the premise nor the conclusion is actually demonstrated to be true; both must be assumed to be truthful and accurate for the argument to work. Many Christians love this… Read more

Imagine if a parent said this to you: I’ve got a ten-year-old son. I love him very dearly. Today I’m planning to backhand him in the face. He’ll ask “Why did you do that, Mother?” But he needs to figure this stuff out on his own, so I won’t tell him that it’s because I overheard him saying disrespectful things about his school bus driver. He’ll probably spend a few days agonizing over why I struck him, and he’ll go… Read more

Once upon a time, I knew a man who was a really good person. He was a Christian, but you know by now that I already think that it wouldn’t matter what religion he was. Good is as good does. Well, he thought it mattered. He’d chosen to minister to those around him by being as good a Christian as he humanly could, as Christlike as he could be. He clothed the naked, fed the hungry (for which I am… Read more

I’m an American, if anybody hadn’t caught that yet. Today is very special to me because I love my country very much. And I love my country very much because of its guiding principle of individual freedom. Unfortunately, not everyone in my country cherishes that principle. Read more

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