October 21, 2019

Growing up, my favorite superhero was definitely Superman. Hands down, no one else captured my childhood imagination more completely than he did. I was also taught to idolize Jesus growing up, and it always delighted me that my boyhood idol so closely mirrored the object of my religious devotion as well.* [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ]  Both of them were, in a sense, born “from above” but came to earth to be our savior. Both somehow had ongoing… Read more

October 17, 2019

Without googling it, would you know what a CVDP is? Would you immediately know what the CMIP and AMIP are? They are, respectively, a tool for analyzing climatological models and the frameworks climatologists use to correlate, organize, and analyze massive amounts of oceanographic and atmospheric data in order to make sense of patterns in global climates. I had to look them up to know what they are, and I’m probably doing a poor job of defining them since I am not… Read more

September 28, 2019

When evangelical Christians first began debating the issue of abortion, they were nowhere near as unified about the topic as they appear to be today. Shortly after the Supreme Court made their landmark decision on the issue in Roe v. Wade (1973), influential Baptist minister W.A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist in Dallas, TX, and predecessor to FOX News darling Robert Jeffress, said: I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from… Read more

September 25, 2019

I quit attending church nearly a decade ago, and up until that point I had already been an atheist for a couple of years. Let me tell you, it’s not easy attending “big church” as an atheist, much less attending Sunday School as one. Today, I’d like to tell you about the last time I was able to stomach going because that was a major turning point for me. [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ] For me, this was the… Read more

September 25, 2019

It’s funny how you can read a story or watch a movie at two different times in your life and see it in two completely different lights each time. The second time around, you notice things you never would have caught before. [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ] I recently watched a favorite Bond movie and found myself saying, “Were his lines always this corny? And was the action always this…cartoony?” I also remember the first time… Read more

September 10, 2019

This past Sunday I spoke at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Ellisville, Mississippi (and yes, that’s the correct order for the name of this church), and we managed to get a recording of the talk (sorry, audio only). I’m including it here as the next episode in the Godless In Dixie podcast, soon to be followed by the next posts in the blog series. [ iTunes | Spreaker | YouTube ] Stay tuned for more episodes and posts to come!… Read more

September 7, 2019

If you live in the Deep South like me, you always want to know when a group of freethinker types are getting together. And as it turns out, tomorrow morning (Sunday the 8th) at 11am I’ll be speaking at Our Home Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellisville, MS. If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow and if you live in the general vicinity of southeast Mississippi, you should come on out and get to know some new folks! I’ll be… Read more

August 23, 2019

Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a best-selling book entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It was a clever title, even if a bit hyperbolic. I certainly hope he learned at least a few more things since those first few years of his life, but I still like his title. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to follow his lead and offer a perspective of my own: All I really need to know about the Bible… Read more

August 20, 2019

When I first started writing and speaking to groups about my departure from the faith, I spent the bulk of my time trying to make the still-devout realize how dehumanizing is their image of apostates. I talked about the ways Christians misunderstand us, putting words into our mouths and motives into our hearts that we are not willing to own. [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ] But these are all highly subjective discussions and, while they serve a… Read more

August 9, 2019

Anyone with the nerve to “come out” as an atheist to religious friends and family knows how much it grates to be told: “We all go through periods of doubt. It’s just a phase. You’ll come back around.”  When you look up the word “patronize” in the dictionary, this comment should be one of the first examples they give. But then again, Christianity has never been very good at respecting personal boundaries. Why would they value the opinions of a… Read more

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