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""Faith is believing something you know ain't true." -Mark Twain"
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""When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." -Thomas Paine"
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"Neil DeGrasse Tyson on The Colbert Report (2011): http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/watch/2011/01/06/the-colbert-report SO…"
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"I suppose this could be considered critical of atheism, but I think it's hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wogta8alHiU"
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Simon Mathews commented on A. T. Heist's blog post 'Non-believers in church'
"I am an atheist and I think that most of the things that go on in church are worthwhile and positive. It's like a huge club. The aspect I don't like about it is, as Peter Boghossian puts it, pretending to know things you don't know.…"
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Non-believers in church

How Non-Believers Can Make the Most of Religious ServicesThe above post from Patheos.com got me thinking: I know most atheists probably don't care to attend church, for obvious reasons. But how many non-believers DO attend church regularly, to support a spouse or friend, for social benefits, or just because they still haven't "come out of the closet"…See More
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"Saw them live in London in '88. I think of this song whenever someone on TA mentions "Occam's Razor"."
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"An excellent blog, especially for those of us living here in the Bible Belt: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/"
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""God, sometimes you just don't come through...do you need a woman to look after you?" -Tori Amos, "God""
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Your Religious Status
Other
About Me:
I am a full-time dad and musician, with two beautiful daughters.
Age
47-52
Relationship Status
Married
Why are you here?
Because I've realized (once again) that I don't actually believe in God, although I've tried very hard to do so in the past.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I haven't actually left it, to be honest. I'm a church musician, and my wife is a dedicated Christian. And I like my job. So sue me...
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At 7:25pm on August 14, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

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Non-believers in church

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:46am 1 Comment

How Non-Believers Can Make the Most of Religious Services

The above post from Patheos.com got me thinking: I know most atheists probably don't care to attend church, for obvious reasons. But how many non-believers DO attend church regularly, to support a spouse or friend, for social benefits, or just because they still haven't "come out of…

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Sudden realization

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 3:18pm 4 Comments

Just over a year ago, I managed to get a new church music job: it pays better (and I've gotten two raises in the past year); the people I work with are very cool; my kids and wife love it there, and truthfully, I love it there. There's just one thing I realized today: in my heart of hearts, I don't actually believe in God. I pray out loud with my choir every week, I participate in Sunday School and talk about the Bible with other Christians, I often pay a lot of lip service to God. It's part…

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Breaking Free

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:56am 5 Comments

I'd like to share a little more about my history, to elucidate some of the reasons why I remain a closet atheist, besides the financial and familial reasons I've already described on this blog.

I was raised Lutheran, but my parents were not very regular church-goers.  I went through Confirmation, and was a regular church attender and choir member as a teenager.  Then I went to college, and immediately stopped attending church.  So when I got out on my own in my early 20s, I continued…

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Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:22am 3 Comments

I was at the library the other day, and decided to check out a book that I had skimmed through several years ago: Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience. The book, published a decade after Sagan's death in 1996, are taken from a series of lectures he gave in 1985, the Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology at the University of Glasgow.  For any theists who accuse atheists of being unable to speak eloquently about matters of "spirituality," I would challenge them to read…

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