Picture the scene: You’re a Christian, a follower of God. You’re also a soldier. You’re standing on the battlefield, to your left and to your right is a long line of your…Continue
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The tale of the Twelve Officers by Mark Vuletik:
It was, of course, sad to hear that Ms. K had been slowly raped and murdered by a common thug over the course of one hour and fifty-five minutes; but when I found out that the ordeal had taken place in plain sight of twelve fully-armed off-duty police officers, who ignored her terrified cries for help, and instead just watched…Continue
My birthday is coming up very soon and my parents usually send me a little something every year. This year is a bit different. I received my new testament bible from 1995 (when I was 9) that I purposely boxed up with the rest of my parents bibles as they moved out of state. My father left a note saying he found it and wanted to return it to me, also saying, "Always remember your mom and I pray for you and I hope you find comfort in these pages of the bible and the knowledge of god who…Continue
A recent discussion here made me think of something I learned from American Atheist president David Silverman a few months ago. At the beginning of a discussion in a Church, with a veteran Christian apologist (I wish I could find a link) he ask the mostly Christian crowd to think about something. He asked them to think about what it would take for them to change their mind and decide there was no God. This was Dave's ace in the hole.
A little later in the discussion, Dave asked the…Continue
Today I learned something. It's about something that happened to me about 40 years ago. I was 18 and went to see my dad. He was in his barn, tending to his favorite cow. I said I was planning to go to college. He said if I went to Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville,…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Upon reviewing some of my old content posted on Yahoo! News. I came upon an article I read some time ago about a restaurant who chickened out of the Bring your Own…Continue
US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, California police say.
Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local…Continue
For anyone who hasn't read my blog posts, I am still a "closet atheist": I don't publicly identify as an atheist, and in fact, part of my income comes from church music. I am Director of Music at a small Methodist church in Nashville, TN. That's right...the buckle of the Bible belt! I honestly can't see myself admitting my atheism to anyone in the near future, as my family's harmony and financial security rely partly on my keeping my church job.
Being honest with myself, however, I…Continue
Trinity College Library, Ireland
Bristol Central Library, England
An unique combination of architectural styles (Tudor, Modern and Classic...)
Bibliothéque Nationale de France
On the famous Rue de Richelieu
El Escorial, Spain
The vaulted ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes, each…
This is a title of an etching by Francisco Goya. “The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters” Christopher Hitchens has the picture on the inside cover of his book “God is not Great”. I only discovered this recently as I have only ever known the book as an audio book. It was a serendipitous discovery for me as I have had those same Spanish words…Continue
This blog post is a response to a comment concerning science and faith made on one of my other posts. In quotation marks are the comments made by a fellow Think Atheist member. The rest are my responses.
Here we go, then...
"Doesn't it ever strike you as odd that so many people are drawn to [religion]?"
No. Religion has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Along with other superstitious beliefs the religions have spread until…Continue
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My son's birthday is today. It makes me smile and cry at the same time. Watching him grow and change has been the biggest gift and privilege of my life. I remember exactly 3 years ago I sat at the very table that I am sitting at now, vigorously researching the best schools that I could possibly send him to when he started kindergarten. I was deeply torn between sending him to a Christian school, and sending him to a bilingual school...I reasoned that I could teach him about God at…Continue
This might help some people get a better idea of how we as humans have evolved in our belief and understanding of the world under our feet and the sky over our heads.
Disproven: The Earth was flat.
Disproven: The Earth was a sphere.
Disproven: The Sun was a divine deity.
Disproven: The Sun and Moon and 'wandering stars' orbited the Earth.
Disproven: The Earth was the centre of the universe.
Under long-term debate: The Earth…
As an atheist I find prayer and worship abhorrent ideas for someone to embrace.
Most people who believe in a cosmic engineer with grand plans for each of us embrace their beliefs for one reason only; because the idea of finite existence instills in them a paralyzing fear. Most theists, of course, will never admit this because they are not aware of it on a conscious level. The fear is too primal. But if their religion was pulled out from under their feet, discarded, proven to be…Continue
You know, sometimes I feel like I am pretty vain in my blog posts here. Other authors on thinkatheist post such awesome studies they've come across, or causes they support. Me? I talk about the stuff in my life. I justify it by telling myself that maybe it will help someone out there like me realize they aren't alone.
I just finished spending three weeks with my parents. I attended mass, I had passionate discussions about the nature of god with my mother, I helped her with her rosary…Continue