In the gospel of John, there’s a famous story that Christian teachers love to reference. Shortly after Jesus’ crucifixion, some of the disciples are gathered together in a room. As should be expected, these individuals were afraid; their leader had just been put to death, and many of them feared they would be next. So, … Continue reading Oh me of little faith…
Rediscovering your Identity
When younger people like myself go through a sudden change in their life—specifically in regard to their beliefs or their sense of identity, they very often go through a period of acting out. I don’t claim to understand why this is all the time. I’m sure very often it’s an attention-seeking tactic to try and … Continue reading Rediscovering your Identity
Help!! My bookshelf is sexist!
I’ve found that despite my efforts to be more inclusive in my day-to-day life, I still have some leftover male-centric tendencies. My abundant use of the term ‘dude’ to refer to a great many people is often a risky habit. My need to put the “woman” qualifier before an occupation betrays a deep-seated sense that … Continue reading Help!! My bookshelf is sexist!
Christmas and the Magic of Belief
It may be that my heart is just two sizes too small, but it seems there are a lot of reasons to hate Christmas. Whether it’s the pressure of making the holiday perfect for the family, being around difficult family members, the constant barrage of advertisements and consumer culture, or your shoes being too tight, … Continue reading Christmas and the Magic of Belief
It was never about morals…
At the time that I'm writing this the Senate runoff race between Hershel Walker and Dave Warnock is going on in the state of Georgia. This election cycle has been full of twists and turns as what was at first predicted to be a red wave turned into a slightly alarming red tinkle. However, watching … Continue reading It was never about morals…
Recently, while taking a walk, I ran into a woman who introduced herself as Patience. She was from Africa and had seemingly come to America as a missionary. Generally, in these situations, I would make some excuse for not having time to stop, as I’m typically not one to try and experience those classic atheist … Continue reading Patience
On Religious Privilege
“What about you? Do you want one?” I turned to face the voice that had caught me off guard. I’d just finished my last class for the morning and was planning on getting lunch before heading to work, so my mind had been elsewhere. “Uh, sure,” I replied, unsure what I was accepting. “It’s a … Continue reading On Religious Privilege
Values not Beliefs
We all have individual beliefs. Even I, although I like to promote rationalism and reason, still have beliefs that can’t be verified 100%. I assume that my senses and the senses of everyone around me are trustworthy. I still recognize optical illusions and the ways your mind can fill in the gaps to create false … Continue reading Values not Beliefs
Sh*t, I’m an atheist…
I had questioned for several years before I finally came to the place where I would willingly refer to myself as an atheist. Growing up, I was raised in a conservative Christian home, so the first thing that came to my mind about my identity was my faith. Shortly before I got married in 2018, … Continue reading Sh*t, I’m an atheist…