We had hoped you were the one

Woke up and thought of this prayer I wrote for our Good Friday Service at the Hollywood ¬†Adventist Church in 2009.God,We have such fond memories of you.The way you used to comfort us when we were sad.The way you gave us such confidence in the face of uncertainty.We miss you!We had hoped that you were the oneto fulfill our dreams and give us the desires of our hearts.We are deeply disappointed and broken this morning by the realization thatour hopes were misplaced.We have … [Read more...]

Am I doing it wrong?

Today there were two interesting pieces posted about my Huffington Post piece. Many of you have probably already seen these. They are written by two atheists of serious intellect and experience, who are gently critiquing the methodology of my year long journey. I am grateful for their engagement with me and I look forward to incorporating their comments into my thinking about this journey. Many others have said very similar things in the comment here on the blog (I read every comment, by the … [Read more...]

Julia Sweeney on Letting Go of God

Let's start the new year with a little levity after that serious conversation starter yesterday. Some have undoubtedly seen this already but even so, it's worth a watch. This is Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, etc) performing the first 15 minutes of her 2 hour long solo show, Letting Go of God (2006). Then, listen to the NPR interview she recently did. Below is a funny quote from that interview that I have thought about (and even preached about) many times … [Read more...]

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor’s Journey Into Atheism

Cross-posted from The Huffington PostWhat difference does God make?About a year ago a friend and Episcopal priest, told me her atheist friend asked her this question. She found it harder to answer than she expected. He had batted away her first few attempts and she was now running it by me. We didn't end up discussing it for very long but the question has stayed with me. Recently I decided I would find out, by living for a year without God.*******I was more or less raised in the … [Read more...]

Is religion just a drug trip?

What does this tell us about the nature and validity of religion? … [Read more...]

What difference does God make?

What difference does God make?About a year ago a friend and Episcopal priest, told me her atheist friend asked her this question. She found it harder to answer than she expected. He had batted away her first few attempts and she was now running it by me. We didn't end up discussing it for very long but the question has stayed with me. Recently I decided I would find out, by living for a year without God.Want to join the conversation?In the comments section below, answer the question, … [Read more...]