June 14, 2013

Wanna hear something funny?  Well, it’s funny to me, anyway… Last month when I was doing the Interview an Atheist at Church thing, at one point in the interview I said, “There are people out there who believe the stuff you do that’s good for the world is wasted unless it’s done in the right belief system.”  At that moment I was thinking about how many evangelical Christians criticize Humanists for trying to “do good” in the world because true… Read more

June 11, 2013

Like most swimmers, I try to get in some laps almost every day, but there is only one health club with a pool within decent driving distance from where I live. It doesn’t call itself a Christian gym, but it plays primarily Christian music overhead, holds prayer meetings and Bible studies, and incidentally it also leaves most of its hi-def televisions parked on the same 24-hour news network all the time (I’ll save that discussion for another time). Even though… Read more

June 8, 2013

I have very personal reasons for wanting to see Evangelicalism* and Humanism play well together.  You see, like an amphibian I straddle both worlds, with one foot in the former and another foot in the latter.  I am a Humanist (a more descriptive term than the more general “atheist,” which could mean a lot of things depending on context) but I live in a culture that is supersaturated with Evangelicalism.Living in the Bible Belt is like being in church every… Read more

June 6, 2013

The mind is an amazing thing.  With it, we are capable of solving such complex puzzles and real-world problems!  At the same time, we are capable of shutting out large chunks of data, selecting only those streams of information which fall in line with what we expected to find in the first place.  We call this “confirmation bias” and it can totally blind you to any information which contradicts your prior beliefs.  If used in a social situation, it can… Read more

June 3, 2013

The two videos I posted in May have received over 85,000 views and now I find I have more than 1,000 subscribers on YouTube.  I wasn’t expecting that, nor was I expecting so many to ask for more videos.  Evidently the things I said struck a cord with quite a few people.  With that in mind, I’m going to try my hand at posting videos along with my writing.  Now if only I can get a hold of a better… Read more

June 1, 2013

Recently someone suggested to a group of mostly closeted atheists in the Deep South that maybe they shouldn’t be closeted at all.  Maybe they should “come out” because so many Americans are already too judgmental towards non-believers and the only way to counter that is for more of us to openly identify ourselves. That may very well be the case, and I do hope more of us can make that transition with a minimal amount of loss in our personal… Read more

June 1, 2013

Have you ever considered why Batman has to wear protective armor but Superman doesn’t?  The reason is obvious, of course:  Bruce Wayne is a fragile human being while Kal-El is impervious and virtually indestructible.  One requires special protection while the other does not.  Furthermore, you can tell which areas are the most important (and the most vulnerable) by noting where the strongest armor is situated (e.g. the cranium). The same protection principle applies in movies and video games.  You can… Read more

May 29, 2013

Last summer I spent entirely too much time in discussion groups arguing with people about whether or not gods exist. I say “gods” because there were several being debated. Of course, where I live, everyone safely assumes that only one particular deity is even on the table for discussion. But the internet can open you up to a much wider world. For example, it was through participation in one of these groups that I learned just how silly and egocentric… Read more

May 26, 2013

A friend once asked me whether or not my life is better now that I no longer believe in invisible spirits or the supernatural. My answer is that it’s a mixed bag. On the negative side, I must say that the reactions of people who liked me better when I still had faith have been at times very strong. While this is no place to go into details, there have been some harsh social consequences for my loss of faith…. Read more

May 22, 2013

A friend recently expressed surprise that I would leave the Christian faith if my experience of it was largely positive.  Not only was I pretty devoted as a follower of that tradition, but I even had a few years of experience in various kinds of ministry, most of which were positive as well.  So why on earth would I leave it?  Ironically, it was that very devotion to my faith which finally led me out of it entirely. I left… Read more

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