So Much Wrong, So Little Time

In my continuing quest to define the basic unit of wrongness I have gone down many blind avenues. My latest attempt was an extremely sensitive meter to gauge the precise measurement of a single "beck."Unfortunately, it got too near a laptop displaying this article about Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert and it went all 'splody.Although he also declared that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, as an aside he argued that only nations that turned away from the … [Read more...]

Leaving Behind the Language of God

For me, leaving Christianity was a multi-stage process. I was raised a moderate Christian, and like most young folk I was a simple theist: God was an entity that existed "up there" and was close enough to human that we could talk about God's emotions, intentions and desires. Leaving that was just the first stage.At some point I found myself a liberal non-theist. God was not an entity, God was a force or process that underlies existence. God was the ground of all being, the ultimate … [Read more...]

Atheist Dog Tricks

Such a pretty dog. And so well trained too!, yeah, I know, the whole "baby eating" thing is soooo 2010.) … [Read more...]

John Piper on Altruism

I think Piper may have paid us a backhanded compliment in a recent column at Crossmap:... Doing right for right's sake is atheistic. Christian's should do what's right for God's sake; because the Bible teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). But God is not glorified if we leave him out of account, and say that doing a right deed is it's own justification. Nothing is its own justification, if God is left out.Piper is rejecting altruism. Not because he … [Read more...]

The Inevitable Atheist Church

Katie Engelhart at Salon has a run-down of of an atheist organization that making some waves: the Sunday Assembly. Essentially billing itself as an atheist megachurch, the assembly focuses on self-improvement, community and ritual. Apparently it has found an audience:The Assembly has come a long way in eight months: from scrappy East London community venture (motto: “Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More;” method: “part atheist church, part foot-stomping good time”) to the kind of organiz … [Read more...]