Are atheists the most hated group in America?

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So, I started a bit of a kerfuffle over on my Year Without God Facebook page last night when I posted this image above with the caption, Can we cut the martyrdom complex? It's not a competition.By the way, I'm doing just fine compared to the poor, the homeless and the immigrants in my community. I know David. He's a wonderful person and I know he's just doing his job, but this is imprecise and, more importantly, unhelpful.Let me start by saying that I have been the target of a great deal … [Read more...]

Having doubts? Just stop it!

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I used to follow Christian author, Frank Viola, a little bit when I was a pastor and a graduate student. I never really cared much for what he was saying. I quoted him in my dissertation but not favorably. Today I received his occasional email update. I can't remember the last time I read one of these but for some reason today I did and this is what he said right off the top: Hey Friends, Frank V. here. Last month I wrote a blog post that went viral called "The Crisis of Faith." In it, I … [Read more...]

Jeremy Neill’s God is the deus ex machina

RYGER / Shutterstock.comThis post is part of a new feature from Patheos called Head to Head where our best minds debate the big questions of the day. This week, I am debating the Evangelical Channel’s Jeremy Neill of "Everyday Ethics". The question: does emphasizing the incomprehensible nature of god become an expression of atheism? Or put simply does religious faith require a personal God? This topic was brought to us by James F. McGrath. You can see James’ thoughts at his blog, Expl … [Read more...]

My response to Jeremy Neill’s “A God Who Love and Cares”

RYGER / Shutterstock.comThis post is part of a new feature from Patheos called Head to Head where our best minds debate the big questions of the day. This week, I am debating the Evangelical Channel’s Jeremy Neill of "Everyday Ethics". The question: does emphasizing the incomprehensible nature of god become an expression of atheism? Or put simply does religious faith require a personal God? This topic was brought to us by James F. McGrath. You can see James’ thoughts at his blog, Expl … [Read more...]

Christian university’s morality prevents them from helping LGBTQ homeless youth

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3/11/15 10:32 AM -- UPDATE below...Some disturbing things have been happening in the past couple of days at my alma mater, Andrews University.[1] An unofficial gay-straight alliance on campus called AULL4ONE decided that they wanted to have a bake sale to raise money for an agency called Project Fierce Chicago, whose mission is to “reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing identity-affirming transitional housing,” Cassandra Avenatti, Project Fierce Chicago’s founder, told me. … [Read more...]

Ultimism as Functional Atheism: I go Head to Head with Evangelical Jeremy Neill

RYGER / Shutterstock.comThis post is part of a new feature from Patheos called Head to Head where our best minds debate the big questions of the day. This week, I will be debating the Evangelical Channel’s Jeremy Neill of "Everyday Ethics". The question: does emphasizing the incomprehensible nature of god become an expression of atheism? Or put simply does religious faith require a personal God? This topic was brought to us by James F. McGrath. You can see James’ thoughts at his blog, E … [Read more...]


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