February 17, 2019

Quite often I find myself in conversations with folks who feel that I left my religion simply because I wasn’t asked the right questions. Two of the most common questions I (still) receive are “How do you cope with the difficulties of life without believing in God?” and “If you don’t believe in God, how do you determine what’s right and wrong?” That first subject was most recently brought up at a vulnerable moment by someone who had no idea… Read more

February 15, 2019

If you are like me and you’ve got years of writing as a Christian out there to remind you of just how much your mind has changed about, well…everything…then you know how cringey the experience of reading your old stuff can be. It’s not that what you said before wasn’t intelligent, because it was…in its own way. And yes, I know there are plenty of atheists out there ready to ridicule those who believe in talking snakes, floating axeheads, and… Read more

February 5, 2019

I’ve written before about the prevalence of projection among people of faith (if you haven’t yet read that, you can read it here). Contrary to my former belief that the Christian religion provides exceptionally perspicacious insight into the workings of the human heart (see Hebrews. 4:12-13), I’ve at last concluded that there is something uniquely self-deceptive about the Christian faith which distances the way we think about ourselves from the way we actually are. Read: “Why Christianity Keeps Producing Hypocrites”… Read more

January 29, 2019

I recently heard a sermon reminding us all that “God never promised to make us happy,” and I kept thinking if only I had a dollar for every time I heard that one, well…I’d still stay broke most of the time but let’s not go there. This overly confident minister asserted that a common reason people leave the faith is that we were led to believe our lives would be pain-free and full of wealth, pleasure, and all-around good fortune… Read more

January 23, 2019

Lately I can’t seem to listen to my streaming music app without hearing Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” at least half a dozen times a day. What makes this significant (other than the fact that it’s a beautiful song) is that it’s a song by a Christian artist…except I’m not listening to a Christian station. Living in the Deep South affords me several local options for contemporary Christian music broadcasts, but I didn’t choose any of them, so this song keeps… Read more

January 15, 2019

What if I told you the book of Revelation really does have something to say to our current political situation? In post-Christian discussion groups online, people often ask what we are to make of this confusing book now that we’ve left our faith, and it turns out at the moment that it might be the most relevant book in the whole Bible. What’s Revelation About? So much has been said about this book over the centuries, and most of it… Read more

January 10, 2019

I’ve labored for years now trying to articulate the main reasons why I left my faith—or as I prefer to say, why my faith left me—but the slipperiest explanation continues to elude me. Yesterday morning I read a post from a friend that may help me capture what I’ve been trying to say. I’ll get to that in a second. But first, the question she asked. She wondered aloud how God could allow a child to be tortured and killed… Read more

January 8, 2019

Imagine for a moment that you’ve been approached by an exceptionally attractive billionaire. Well, not by him personally, but by one of his employees. And he tells you that his wealthy employer wants to ask for your hand in marriage! It’s a lot to take in, right? I know. But it’s totally legit. It’s a really big commitment…a binding, lifelong contract, in fact…and the prenup contains no small amount of fine print. He is a billionaire, after all. There are… Read more

January 4, 2019

“If our hope in Christ is for this life only, we should of all mankind be the most to be pitied!” (1 Cor. 15:19) This startling admission has been rolling around inside my head since I first read it nearly three decades ago, made all the more remarkable by the fact that it came straight from the horse’s mouth—from the apostle Paul himself. Of course, most Christians would insist that Jesus was the true founder of the Christian faith, but… Read more

January 2, 2019

Last year was a very. long. year. Remember Yanny vs. Laurel? That was in mid-May. I reminded my children of that and they were completely incredulous. I’m old enough to remember when newsworthy events only happened once a week, or even once a month. In 2018 it seems the news cycle completely respawned every 48 hours or so, making a week feel more like a month, and a month feel more like an entire year. It feels like we all aged… Read more

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