This week, failed presidential candidate and serial philanderer Newt Gingrich opined that “Atheist Philosophy” is the greatest threat to Christianity. It’s so great a threat that not even the chance of being blown up by a terrorist or shot to death by a mass shooter compare.
Hey, its me, Josh.
I haven’t heard from you in a while. In fact, it has been so long, I get the impression you’re avoiding me.
I thought we were close. I thought we had an understanding. That was the whole reason I showed up: so I could understand. But you took my reaching out to you and slapped away my hand, and I just don’t understand why.
Why don’t you love me?
Do you know what magic feels like?
I’m not speaking of magic tricks, or Magic: the Gathering, or Wiccan magic.
I’m talking about real magic.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
When I was growing up, my father encouraged reading. It was kind of a thing with me. Every day I was reading books. The books could be educational, religious, young adult, and on and on and on. I read so much that I developed a love for reading. Continue reading Magical Thinking in the Atheist Community
When you realize all the people in the world matter (not just the ones you identify with).
So here’s a thing: atheists who believe in the supernatural.
First, what do you even call an atheist who holds on to beliefs in anything supernatural?
I know the dictionary definition of an atheist is one who lacks a belief in god or gods.
Have you noticed that the US seems to be transforming into a nation of not-very-bright people (we can call them dumbasses, right)?
There is news that should send shivers down your spine like Bill Cosby asking you out for a drink – the establishment of a religious wing of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, for example – and there is news that should cause you to say aloud in your team meeting, “Dafuq?” Continue reading Ken Ham: “Science Bad, Magic Good” (and other Absurdities)
“The State has essentially established a religious indoctrination program intended to push a single ideological viewpoint. The law is intended to punish women who disagree with this opinion. Missouri’s state-mandated informed consent booklets explicitly say that life begins at conception, which is a nonmedical religious viewpoint that many people disagree with. Forcing women to read this information and then wait 72-hours to consider the State’s opinion is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause.”
Fear is a funny thing, isn’t it?
I recently commented on another blogger’s post regarding a question asked within that post. The question was about how two educated people, educated in virtually the same field of study, could have such disparate views on God. The two in question were Francis Collins and Richard Dawkins.
After listening to Collins’ answer on how he came to his faith, to me, it was easy to see why he had faith at all.
He was afraid. Continue reading Fear, the Great Motivator
So you wake up one Sunday morning, you’re getting yourself ready for church. You’re boasting your Sunday best, and you’re sure you’re going to knock’em dead. Mind you, that’s not why you’re going to church. But, hey, you’re getting dressed up for Jesus Christ, himself, the savior of mankind, the man who died for you. It’s as if every Sunday is your wedding day, and you want to do what you can to make sure you keep the Lord’s eye.
Then it hits you: why am I going to church? Continue reading Breaking up with Jesus