Atheism is like trying hard drugs, right?


It's always interesting when someone new, or an entire group of new people, discover my journey. The conversation starts all over. How does someone "try on" atheism?You either believe or you don't!Is he trying to trick believers or atheists?What a jerk! It's fun to be able to smile and send folks the link to my blog now. The way I've described my journey has evolved over the months, but I'm still completely happy with the "try on" metaphor. I did put it in quotes to indicate that … [Read more...]

From where will our salvation come?


It’s remarkable how quickly my interest has shifted from the single question of whether God exists—or doesn’t ‘exist’—to issues of much greater, practical concern. This is not to say that the answer to the God question is irrelevant or inconsequential. In fact I think it is deeply consequential. It just isn’t ultimate in the sense of most important or the question at the bottom of all questions the way most theists (and many atheists) think it is. This in and of itself is probably worth a separat … [Read more...]

How we help each other grow

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Several rich conversations converged today and it's too good not to share.In a Facebook thread today I read this quote. When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, … [Read more...]

Rejecting faith in righteousness

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Yesterday I read this very moving story, by the intelligent and courageous Lala Stone entitled, "How I Went from Being a Southern Baptist Preacher's Daughter to an Open Atheist."It's a heartbreaking story that I hope atheists and Christians will both read, for the same reason in different directions. Through the telling of stories we deepen our understanding, empathy and compassion. Ms. Stone's story is her own and while many people, myself included, trace similar themes in our own stories, … [Read more...]

An interview with Brian McLaren


I first met Brian McLaren in the early 2000s as the not retired Emergent Village was getting off the ground. In fact the first time we sat together was at Villanova University where we heard the late Jaques Derrida speak, at the invitation of John Caputo, about St. Augustine and deconstruction. I didn't understand a word he said.Our friendship continued through the years and Brian's sharp, inquisitive thinking and warm disposition has been a lifeline to me as I tried to make sense of my … [Read more...]

I want to know everything


I said to my girlfriend the other day, “I want to know everything.”“About what?” she replied.“About everything!”I’ve enjoyed the intellectual exploration that this year has afforded me. I’m turning this stone over in my hands. Looking at it from every angle. Still, I know I’m not seeing everything that’s there. This gives me a feeling of kinship with the great scientists of history and today who refuse to believe that what they see is all that's there. They dig deeper. Our intuitions … [Read more...]