December 7, 2018

By Susi Bocks In your eyes god exists so I was told my mama said to find you had to reach for you connect to the spirit searched the bible went to church talked and talked to the heavens always silence and dread you didn’t like me my sins too great you loathed me and shunned me tore me to pieces the loving god hated me Read more from Susi Bocks: Feeling Human: A Creative Insight to the Human Condition… Read more

November 15, 2018

A practical test of an abstract idea People have long debated the philosophical feasibility of intangible deities. They are said to reside in the sky or perhaps in some sort of parallel spiritual dimension. There’s no way to prove or disprove these ideas because they’re inherently outside the realm of observation. However, religions also tend to make systemized claims about how the spiritual realm affects the lives of people. We can observe people. Every day is a chance to make observations of… Read more

October 24, 2018

By guest author Suze Ambs. The reasons why I have left my old religion are numerous, and they keep multiplying and being affirmed the more I study with unbiased eyes. Here, I will share just one reason. I was never very educated about evolution. I thought it was simply the scientific guesswork that humans came from apes because we have similarities. I had done some research, but I never noticed that when I read non-Christian explanations, deep down in my… Read more

October 18, 2018

By an anonymous author I’m a big Disney music fan. In the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast, there’s a song called “Human Again,” in which the characters sing about their dream of changing from household objects back into real people. I love that song because it describes my journey, a journey of learning to feel again — of going from a mental prison of Mormon guilt to freedom and new life as an agnostic/atheist. This is my story…. Read more

October 11, 2018

By guest author Richard “Lifelong” might be a slight exaggeration: I abandoned Christianity when I was about fourteen and, while I‘m now eighty-six, I am still living. Let’s say that I’ve been a disbeliever long enough to have had a worthwhile experience of atheism. I grew up in a home that was only slightly religious. My parents rarely went to church, they weren’t members of any denomination, and they neither encouraged nor discouraged me from participating in religion. The exposure… Read more

October 2, 2018

By guest author V. Montgomery Thorp I was like a pilgrim wandering in the wilderness. Lost, disorientated and confused. There I was with D.J. and Thunderchicken, newly returned from Vietnam, coming down from an acid trip, at a Sierra Nevada rest stop with a sign that said, “the Donner Party was here.” I was lurking in the bushes mistakenly thinking I was safely concealed when D.J. reached into his lunch bag and lasered a citrus fireball like Nolan Ryan that… Read more

September 24, 2018

By guest author Don R I grew up in the church. Well, actually, the first 5 years of my life were not so church like. My mother left when I was about 2 years old. She never bonded with my sister or me, and so she left us with our father. He also didn’t have the ability to bond with anyone, so we were pretty much on our own from a very early age. Sometimes we had babysitters, but more often… Read more

September 20, 2018

By guest author Kit Summers I used to be a world-class juggler. Then I was hit by a truck and spent 37 days in a coma. I gave recovery my full effort but it was impossible to return to my former skill level, so I wrote a book about juggling and started a fresh salsa business — then I got hit by another truck. I was also sent to jail for a month on a false charge. I continued to… Read more

September 12, 2018

By Joe Omundson Everyone experiences dysfunction to some degree – insecurity, weakness, and trauma, which lead to misery and hurtful actions. We all have our weak points. They come from our culture, childhood circumstances, genetics, bad choices, and many other sources. Religious people might refer to this as our “sinful nature”. Most others would simply call it “life”, or being human. Along with our dysfunction we also have the latent ability to recognize and modify our sub-optimal patterns. This capacity to… Read more

September 11, 2018

By guest author Dennis Lurvey The Invention of “Spirit” I don’t know what “spiritual growth” is. There is no part of the brain for “spirit”, it doesn’t show up in a fMRI of the brain working in real time, and nobody has found an internal walkie-talkie to any outsiders, gods or otherwise, in our bodies or brains – so the talking and hearing “god” must be completely internal. There are no offices for faith healers in hospitals, no storage rooms for… Read more

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