April 6, 2019

When we leave Christianity, it’s easy to hate it. After all, most of the people we know are Christian. They get together once a week. They paint us ex-Christians as terrible people, problematic anomalies, or patronizingly deficient “lost souls.” We might lose our spouses, our kids might become disappointed in us, our parents may be in tears, many of our “friends” might leave us, and our usual way of connecting with people – going to a church and bonding –… Read more

March 19, 2019

As an atheist, I have come across atheists with family members who think they are going to hell. I’ve also known Christians who are afraid to question their faith for fear that doing so would make them a hellbound ex-Christian, as well as (to a lesser extent) atheists whose previous fears of going to hell still haunt them on occasion. Then, of course, there are Christians who are secretly not sure they are going to heaven or hell when they… Read more

February 20, 2019

There is a major war over a question right now in the 2020 presidential race: What is the best way to enact change? Is it to trust it to exclusive rooms, with politicians and experts? Or is it to inspire the masses, getting them to vote and protest and demand change? The danger of trusting change to exclusive rooms is that the room’s occupants may not have the interests of the masses at heart. Yes, it takes experts to figure… Read more

December 19, 2018

It’s a beautiful life. Read more

September 26, 2018

I’ve heard the claim, from several corners, that the LGBT community is overrepresented in television. It’s not true. Let’s lay aside the argument that the LGBT population should be normalized in culture, that they should be much more represented than they currently are, that perhaps an overrpresentation of LGBT people is the right move. The fact is that LGBT characters on film match closely with the number of LGBT characters there actually are these days. Complaints about overrepresentation are actually… Read more

September 25, 2018

I think that, somewhere along the way, I forgot that atheism doesn’t have to be about leaders. It doesn’t have to be about joining groups, picking sides, or being partisan. When I became an atheist, I was stating that God didn’t have authority over my life. Now, granted, there were people who made that statement easier — the so-called “New Atheists” cleared out a space in culture for us atheists to stand. But when I was freshly escaped from church,… Read more

September 23, 2018

Alright, Christians. I know I’m an atheist and all, but we gotta talk. Here’s the thing: As Christians, I hear, you believe that God forgave you of an enormous debt. Of enormous sin. If he had let you get what you deserve or what you earned, you would be in hell for all eternity. Like, you sinned. You messed up. Bad. Terribly bad. You’re evil, in your own self. And against all reason, he sacrificed himself for you, and encourages… Read more

September 23, 2018

Atheism isn’t as big of a deal to me, anymore. I’ve made peace, somewhat, with the idea that there is no God. When that happens, atheism isn’t so much presence. It feels more like absence. When I first left Christianity, I was a new atheist who was trying to carve out something to fill the void. But I found that the world did not wait for me to fill that place that was once filled with Christianity. It didn’t change… Read more

May 26, 2018

No, atheists are not morally bankrupt. Read more

May 20, 2018

I’ll have a raw, unsanitized existence today instead. Read more

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