The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
I'll let you know up front that this is a longer than normal post, but there was no good way to break it up. Hopefully, you'll find the time it takes to read it well spent. I'm a big fan of Seth Andrews and his podcast The Thinking Atheist. A week or two ago, I… Continue reading The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
Is Belief in an Afterlife Pragmatic?
I thought the following comment from Dave (whose blog you should definitely check out) deserved its own discussion thread: I’m almost finished reading a book called Joker One and part way through the book the author (a former marine lieutenant who served in Iraq) starts to talk about God. He is recounting his time in… Continue reading Is Belief in an Afterlife Pragmatic?
Saw this today on Facebook and my blood started to boil. First of all, it was "liked" by one of my family members -- a person who won't discuss our differences. It really ticks me off to see her "like" a statement about truth, when she won't defend that same statement. Secondly, the quote says… Continue reading So Stupid
Colbert on Religion (and other stuff)
Just a quick post about something I ran across today. I actually have a much more in-depth post coming up on the Book of Job that should be ready in the next week or so. But while I was working today, I listened to an interview that Stephen Colbert gave to Salt + Light, which… Continue reading Colbert on Religion (and other stuff)
PolitiFact Misses the Mark on Jesus
I love PolitiFact. I follow them on Facebook, and I always appreciate the fact-checking they do every time a politician makes a claim. Last week, they had an article that caught my eye, titled "Jesus was an 'undocumented immigrant,' ordained minister says." The minister, Ryan Eller, is the executive director of a group that works… Continue reading PolitiFact Misses the Mark on Jesus
“Times of Ignorance”
There's a passage in the Bible that has long stood out to me. When I was a Christian, I found it comforting; now, I just find it perplexing. In Acts 17 (beginning in verse 16), Paul is visiting Athens. Since it was a hub of philosophy and culture, it had temples and altars to a… Continue reading “Times of Ignorance”
Skeptical Bible Study: Tower of Babel
I was listening to a recent speech that Matt Dillahunty gave in Australia (listen here if you're interested), and in part of it he brought up the story of the Tower of Babel, found in Genesis 11. It's a story I've thought about several times since leaving Christianity. I don't recall everything Matt said about… Continue reading Skeptical Bible Study: Tower of Babel
My Recent Field Trip
Last night, my friend Matt and I had an opportunity to go to one of the church services that I talked about in my last post. As I mentioned there, this is a series of lessons surrounding the topic "Can We Believe the Bible?" by an evangelist / college professor / apologist that I corresponded… Continue reading My Recent Field Trip
Sigh... So here's what's been going on lately. Most of you who read this blog already know that when my wife and I left Christianity, it wrecked most of our family relationships. My wife's parents and siblings, as well as my own, felt that they could no longer interact with us socially after our deconversion.… Continue reading Frustration