As discussed in my previous blog, the books my aunt promised to send arrived today. She sent me Josh McDowell's The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict and Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith. I have just over three weeks off from college for the holidays and I hope to have the books read within that time. I will also be posting my thoughts, questions, and interesting quotes from the books on here for your entertainment.
I have been very open about being an atheist on Facebook and Twitter. I'm rather open about it in real life too, except to my parents. My dad's family is fairly religious and my aunt, who has seen all of my posts on atheism, has taken it upon herself to bring me back to God.
For those who don't know, I was raised Christian and was very involved in the church, to the point of being a missionary in India for a short time. After returning from the mission, I began to question my faith… Continue
My stepson is a devout Catholic. It bothers him that I have an atheist website and a presence on several atheist forums. He has an account on my member forum, at AtheistExile.com, and follows the conversations there as a lurker instead of a participant.
He told me I should try prayer, just for a little while, to see if they come true or not.
I never approach my family members on the subject of religion but if they approach me about it, I don't hold back unless I see them… Continue
First of all, I'm new here and just would like to say hello.
Now on to the blog entry.
Christian atheism is a belief system in which God is rejected but the teachings of Jesus are followed in one's everyday life.
1. the assertion of the unreality of God for our age, including the understandings of God which have been a part of traditional Christian theology 2. the insistence upon coming to grips with contemporary culture as a necessary feature of…
Hey AN: I know you've all read enough about blasphemy day, but consider this post the transition from that back into church/state issues. Please visit me at Good Reason News too and leave a comment if you like. Thanks.
By now, anyone reading this site should be familiar with… Continue
I'm sure most have us have heard of the Iowa Freethinkers atheist bus ads. Its too bad they were just so damn offensive. The reaction that has been prompted would initially lead one to believe they crucified Jesus and laughed. Its not like we did a "Christian" ad. One of those would probably be full of how atheists are going to be damned by the God of Abraham. Instead here is the advertisement as it appeared on the buses:…
I finally decided to go see a counsellor after a medium sized emotional breakdown - failure to cope with a breakup *sigh*
But the university counsellors (which are free!) couldn't fit me in on a regular basis until September and anyway, I'm staying about 100km away from them at my parents house for a bit.
Mum called a counselling service that she was aware of, and we booked me in. When I got there, the guy handed me a brochure and we went and had a lovely chat.
Yes, the… Continue
Hey all, this same piece is posted at my blog, Good Reason News, but there you get a hilarious video as a bonus for visiting. As always, I'm happy to discuss, explain or correct anything. Thanks for reading.
Actor Jason Alexander, Seinfeld's 'George Costanza,' is pushing a program he created, called Imagine: 2018, in which… Continue
As you know, I made a YouTube video (that currently has over 140,000 views) about the immoral lesson taught in the Noah's Ark story. Last week on Hellbound Alleee I talked about some anxiety/OCD issues I have, some involving the fear of reading possible negative comments or emails on blogs and… Continue
January 20, 2009. Like many people in America, if not most of them, and along with people around the world, I watched as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Yes, he did add “so help me God” at the end of Chief Justice Roberts’ fumbled prodding, but he made up for this just a few minutes later. Listening to his inauguration speech as I was writing, did I heard him say “and nonbelievers”?
Did I hear right? After I did a double-take and nearly twisted… Continue
As a gay person I would have felt at home in ancient Greece, but as an atheist I would have been arrested and forced to drink hemlock or something. In present day China, I would have felt at home as an atheist, but then the communist party thinks homosexuality is a Western perversion that has somehow penetrated China, an undesirable import the cultural revolution failed to eradicate. Actually, I'm not the ultimate outsider. The ultimate outsider is this: gay, atheist, black, female, overweight,… Continue
My brother sent around his new dating site profile for me, sister and mom to review. And he's listed religion as "Atheist but not too serious about it." Woo-hoo! I'm not entirely alone! Now I gotta get back in touch with my college freshman cousin, since he's starting to doubt god belief :)
My mom is an apologist and huge fan of C.S. Lewis. BUT she's also done some early christian writings study, (from all christian sources) so she may have doubts starting to surface. Plus now two of… Continue
A few weeks ago I came accross a woman who decided that she would post her daily devotionals in what was then an almost entirely secular group in the sense that no one else had ever thought to post religous topics, though I still have no idea how many believers vs non believers there are in the group. The theme of the online group was "a few good women" and I would imagine she felt that in order to be considered a good woman, she would show everyone how strong her faith in god and Christ is.… Continue
I just returned from talking with a great group in Joplin, MO - link. Who would guess that there is a very active and lively group of freethinkers in such a bible belt city (25 attended). We had five students from Ozark Christian College in the audience as well. They asked interesting questions and stayed around for some good conversation at the end. I rarely get religious people in my presentations, but I certainly… Continue
I've been debating on and off with Christians in the blog of Rev. Brian Zahnd. Most recently I've been arguing with the Reverend himself in his post titled Knowing and Believing. In the comments following his post I mentioned that I didn't believe that a historical Jesus ever existed. Rev. Zahnd was shocked by my statement and claimed that he had never heard a single scholar make that… Continue