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Christian Dad Who Mocked Son’s Atheism

I saw that Christopher Hitchens died on this date back in 2011. With this being an anniversary of sorts, I thought I’d share a little story that involves Christopher Hitchens, my son, the reddit website, and the start of my journey. I was a father who mocked my son’s atheism. The year was 2009. I…

Two Compelling Abortion Related Arguments

I’ve never posted on the topic of abortion before. When I was a Christian fundamentalist, I was naturally “pro life” (or better described as anti-abortion). Before I completely left the faith, my views on abortion began to change as I gained more knowledge of medical science. Recently, the Friendly Atheist brought attention to Patrick S. Tomlinson’s…

Bethlehem Church of the Brethren – Boones Mill, Virginia

During my 34 years in Christianity, I made my last church home a small place called Bethlehem Church of the Brethren, located in a small rural community called Boones Mill, Virginia. This area had two distinctive notorieties: it’s sole traffic light was a speed trap, and illegal moonshine was made in great abundance. In fact,…

Young Atheist Responds to Pastor Greg Locke

I just stumbled onto a young fellow named Alex J. O’Conner (a.k.a. CosmicSkeptic)  who recently posted a YouTube video. It is too good to not share. Alex’s video is in response to Pastor Greg Locke who resides in Juliet, TN. Greg Locke claims the Bible is infallible. Okay, nothing unusual there. As a former evangelical…

Great Memes About Religion

Are anti-religious memes effective? Do they plant seeds of doubt? I wonder about that. Cognitive science would say that we tend to listen only to information that confirms our preconceptions (confirmation bias). We disregard or ignore statements or facts that go against any strongly held belief. George Bernard Shaw said, “The moment we want to…

Proverbs 3:5 – A Horrible Bible Verse

As a young Christian, I remember hearing Proverbs 3:5-6 a lot in church. It’s a popular “life verse” for many. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘life verse’, it’s a Bible verse or passage that a Christian chooses to base their life around. It’s a verse that they feel is one of the most profound in…

God's Greatest Hits

With thanks to friends on reddit (with a few of my own additions), here’s a satirical list of some of God’s Greatest Hits. Or put another way, welcome to the craziness of Christian fundamentalism. Warning: NSFW language follows. Yahweh is omnipotent. But rests on the 7th day of creating stuff. He demands Adam and Eve follow a rule…

Why I Can't Believe Anymore — A Summary

It’s been more than two years since I came out as an atheist. In that time, my lost Christian faith has come up often with family and friends. It’s difficult to distill a decade-long journey into a 5 minute elevator speech. When believers ask, that’s typically all they want. They don’t want to hear a…

Articulate but Simple Response

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re asked a question and your response is clear, articulate and thoughtful? I enjoy those rare moments. Damn, I wish they weren’t so rare though. I enjoyed reading this response from one friend to another on why a former devoted believer became an atheist: (Source) “I…

That's a Good Question!

There’s a recent article on ExChristian.net by Astreja entitled “So What?“. The post regards common remarks by believers toward atheists such as: “You just want to sin!“, or “You wouldn’t believe even if God suddenly appeared!“. The referenced post is fairly short and definitely worth the read, but there was a comment made by XPDan that I…