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October 18, 2018
From Mormon to Agnostic: Becoming “Human Again”
By an anonymous author I’m a big Disney music fan. In the Broadway version of...
September 20, 2018
I Tried to Believe in God — My Mind Wouldn’t Let Me
By guest author Kit Summers I used to be a world-class juggler. Then I was...
September 12, 2018
Paths to Healing: Why Fundamentalism is so Dangerous
By Joe Omundson Everyone experiences dysfunction to some degree – insecurity, weakness, and trauma, which...
September 11, 2018
My Path to Atheism Could Be Yours Too
By guest author Dennis Lurvey The Invention of "Spirit" I don't know what "spiritual growth"...
September 06, 2018
The Sinner’s Prayer for Salvation is a Bait and Switch
Mainstream Christian pastors want to make it as easy as possible for guests in their...
September 01, 2018
My Obsession with Death and How it Made Me Jewish… Really
Guest post by Tassja For as long as I can remember I’ve had this paralyzing...
August 18, 2018
Breaking the Cycle: Seek Harder or Let Go of God?
Before I get into my deconversion story, let me introduce myself: my name is Joe...
March 12, 2017
Excuse Me, Lord: Religious Coercion in Foster Care
Lack of respect, autonomy, privacy, and decency, along with the constant threat of hell, of...
October 16, 2015
You are an Atheist too (VIDEO)
The word "Atheist" has a bad connotation. But many people do not realize that they...
October 15, 2015
If This is Your Best Argument, You Have Nothing to Offer Me
As a naturally argumentative person (and former educator who taught persuasion), I am very interested in the...
October 13, 2015
This Sword Has Two Edges
One of the things I enjoy about where I am in life is that I...
October 02, 2015
In Defense of Bad Expressions: A Banned Books Week Meditation
For five years, I taught high school English in a small rural district in Illinois....
September 30, 2015
We Didn’t Expect Some Kind of Spiritual Bliss
Cassidy's last post is a great demonstration of one of the quite common experiences of the ex-religious:...
September 29, 2015
The Bait and Switch of the “Bad Christians” Accusation.
It's hard to generalize much about Christianity, which is only to be expected for a...
September 28, 2015
Trust the Terrain: Why Reality Trumps Revelation
When the map and the terrain differ, trust the terrain. - Swiss army proverb If...
September 21, 2015
Opposing Religion Isn’t Always the Greatest Good
A few years ago, my colleague Hemant Mehta wrote a post over at Friendly Atheist entitled...
September 15, 2015
Doubt Is Not a Spiritual Health Problem
This is a part of an ongoing series following a campaign going on in central Illinois called...
September 11, 2015
Plato’s Cave and the Modern Science [Video]
In this video, I will tell the allegory of Plato's Cave and make references in...
September 09, 2015
That time Pentecostals turned me into an atheist.
This guest post is by Dylan Walker, who blogs at SkeptimusPrime.net. The journey from a...
September 06, 2015
Is There Room for Doubt?
Whatever else you can say about my mother, she is nothing if not persistent. She and...
August 31, 2015
The Balancing Act of Compromise and Integrity
My colleagues Hemant Mehta and Matthew Facciani have started some interesting discussion, if even just in...
August 29, 2015
The Happy Christian Marriage, Change, and the Core of Our Being.
Earlier I wrote that after couples figure out that they would rather have each other...
August 24, 2015
Persuasion, Boundaries, and Respect in Mixed-Belief Relationships
People often tell me, "Don't read the comments." Very often, they're right, but I can't...
August 23, 2015
It Might Get Better, But It Hurts Now: Thoughts on Present Pain and Future Hope
By far, the vast majority of the work I do as a secular activist is...
August 21, 2015
Nobody Gets to Tell Anyone Else How to Feel About Anything, Including Sex.
A problem I faced when I deconverted was not knowing how to separate out how...
August 20, 2015
Urban Legend Theology: An Open Letter
This is an open letter to my religious friends, with something of a Christian bent...
August 17, 2015
How I Lost My Music and Gained a New Song
This might sound a bit strange to some people, but dreaming is not much of...
August 12, 2015
The Question that Breaks the Facade (in Mixed-Faith Marriages).
Last time we talked, I mentioned that mixed-faith marriages are, despite evangelical Christian leaders' insistence...
August 10, 2015
(Don’t) Stay Together for the Kids?
I've mentioned here before that I'm currently in a mixed-belief* marriage (my wife is a Christian...
August 07, 2015
A Toast to the Influencers
On Thursday morning, I found myself hearing some surprising but pleasant news: The excellent blogger Ed...
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