Life After God welcomes John Dehlin

Creating a New Future After Faith Since starting Life After God I have had a number of clarifying experiences—moments in which the vision I originally articulated for this organization teaches me something I didn’t see as clearly at the beginning. For example, it is clearer to me than ever before that there are at least two distinct but intimately related projects that Life After God is deeply invested in. First, and the one I’ve spoken the most about for the past five months, is the need to s … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to the President of Pacific Union College

Dear Dr. Heather Knight,I was disappointed to learn this morning that I was dis-invited from the lecture I was to deliver to the Pacific Union College Psychology and Social Work students this Thursday for their Colloquium (PSYC/SOWK 394). As much as I would like to have heard this decision from you directly, it was nice to speak with Dr. Nancy Lecourt. As you may know, she was my English professor when I was a student at PUC in 1989. In those days I was extremely conservative and even … [Read more...]

When criticism becomes harmful

I've had my share of critics over the past 13 months or so. To recap, in case you haven't been keep score at home, there have been outspoken critics from both sides. Initially, atheists were highly skeptical of my intentions. From where I stand now I really understand why. They were just doing their job, being good skeptics. I'd probably look on my former self skeptically, too. Some went a good ways beyond skepticism to being cruel and ungracious. Even then I've tried to understand why a person … [Read more...]

“I love to be ridiculed…

...because it helps me make important decisions in my life." —said no one ever On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking at The Center for Inquiry in Hollywood. My former church is only about 1 mile from CFI and I have driven by there for years. It wasn't until this year, though, that I attended a few of their amazing programs. The video of my lecture should be available on YouTube soon, but I just want to touch on one point I discussed in that talk. I said that I didn't think ridicule was ver … [Read more...]

Thin places and the experience of beauty

 A friend brought this RELEVANT article to my attention. You'll have to be the judge of whether it is, in fact, relevant, but it does give me the opportunity to talk about something I don't think I've explicitly written about.In the article, entitled, "How Being an Atheist Made Me a Better Christian," Mike McHargue writes of his loss of faith when, one day while praying, he realized God was not there. Many of us can relate to this. I was eager to discover how he found his way … [Read more...]

Rejecting faith in righteousness

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...]