I was in Sunday school at my home church this Sunday. We were discussing faith, and there was a question of what you would say to a skeptic or someone who didn’t understand faith in God. One woman…Continue
I was at home last week, and I had to put up with a bunch of my family’s weird friends. I stayed silent the whole time, because I’ve never told them what I really believe, and I really wished I could…Continue
How many of you are young adults, age 21-30? How many of you now have or once had a good relationship with your parents? How much freedom do you have from them?And how did you get that freedom? And…Continue
Physeter has not received any gifts yet
I was watching a Christopher Hitchens video recently, a debate he had with an atheist-turned-Christian.
This is really my first time watching Hitchens. I’ve heard about how great he is, and now I can highly recommend his videos.
He has his own distinct style, and comes across very strong. I wouldn’t have been able to handle him in the first months of my deconversion.
I couldn’t bear to pick up a book called God is Not Great, or one that called God a ‘delusion’ or…Continue
I’ve heard people talk about how coming free from Christianity set them free from fear. One blogger said she worried about demons; because even though her parents said Jesus would keep the demons away, that only worked if you “really” believed; and what young person wouldn’t be scared when told invisible powerful creatures that want to hurt you are real?
Then there’s the old fear of not being saved, no matter how many times you “confess” your sin and repent.
I don’t know if any…Continue
Welcome to my Atheist Parables series. In the tradition of Plato, Jesus, and Aesop, I will use stories and allegory to examine issues of faith, reality and reason.
This is probably my favorite of all my parables. It's a trip to a fictional boarding school that delves into the nature of faith.
I thought I was doing the kids a favor when I taught them to believe in Santa Claus.
They didn’t have much, here at the boarding…Continue
My previous post made an example of why the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac has so many problems. I’d like to share how this story haunted me personally while growing up Christian.
In Genesis 22, God demands that Abraham sacrifice his son, Isaac, to test Abraham’s obedience. Abraham is blessed for doing whatever God says, no matter how hard it was for him.
This surely tells us something about…Continue