Leniency or Amnesty for Victims of Campus Sexual Violence? The Role of Religion


Schools around the country are struggling to address what some say is an epidemic of sexual violence. The U.S. Department of Education, members of both houses of Congress, and well as many academics and non-profit leaders, have been involved in crafting guidelines for college and universities to use in creating a safe environment on campus.This morning, the Southern Accent, student newspaper for Southern Adventist University, reported that the university has updated its sexual misconduct … [Read more...]

The religious life of Joe Biden

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I can count on one hand the times that a politician has brought me to tears. This interview, which many of you will have no doubt already seen, is one. Vice President Joe Biden’s obviously genuine responses to Stephen Colbert’s very personal questions about the recent death of his son, Beau, and the loss of his first wife and their daughter was visceral and moving.What struck me most of all, however, is the way both men talked about their Catholicism. For years we’ve heard about Colbe … [Read more...]

Introducing Life After God


What happens when you spend six months or a year or five years wondering about the existence of God and concluding that there is, at best, no compelling reason to believe? In particular, what happens when you experience this loss of faith after having been born into and continually immersed in religious life? In the midst of exploring arguments for and against the existence of God I very early on began asking a question which, in my case, is far more important: What do I do now?In fact, one … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] The truth comes out…

I tried to keep it a secret as long as possible, but this video just surfaced. The REAL origins of my Year Without God. … [Read more...]

Dark night of the soul or just empty space


I had the opportunity to be on a radio show on Sunday afternoon entitled, “The Sitting Room with Kathy Chiero” (podcast below). I’ve been on dozens of radio shows and podcasts over the past 18 months, but the vast majority of them have been atheist, skeptic, and freethought shows. With maybe one exception, the Christian shows I’ve been on have either tricked me into a debate or peppered me with semi-hostile questions and accusations in an attempt to discredit me. But Kathy Chiero is different. Sh … [Read more...]

Intimations of Anti-Theism

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I’m ambivalent about anti-theism. In general, I think believing in and appealing to invisible, supernatural agents is detrimental to human moral and intellectual development. My feelings about religion also vary, depending on the day, but one of the ways I would describe myself is anti-absolutist. Some things are absolutely detrimental, like drinking poison or stepping into moving traffic. These things are definitely not recommended under any circumstances.Religion is not that clear cut. For … [Read more...]