Pope Francis Attacks Free Speech

The Pope defends freedom of speech but says, "You cannot make fun of the faith of others," according to the Guardian. Overall, Pope Francis has been a huge improvement over the last pope, but he has come out completely on the wrong side of this issue. Making fun of religious faith is easy. It's s... Continue Reading →

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Ghost Story

I like a good ghost story. I like the idea of an eternal “life force” that can survive after a person physically dies. It makes a good story to imagine that the life force can disconnect from a living person and be held prisoner in a bottle, or that it can move through time and... Continue Reading →

Mocking Religion

What is the difference between criticizing religious ideas and mocking religion? It is not possible for an atheist to mock God, or for anyone to insult a religion. To an atheist, "God" is only a concept held by followers of a particular religion. It is certainly possible to mock a concept, but it is not possible to... Continue Reading →

A Word to the Wise

In these pages, I offer my opinions and the occasional bit of wisdom I have acquired in my struggles. Sometimes I offer advice, particularly in responding to comments. What I say is never intended to be understood as psychological or spiritual counseling, much less therapy. I may make recommendations for your consideration. If I say... Continue Reading →

Bad Faith

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." If "hope" means trusting against the odds that the future will bring a desired outcome, and "faith" means believing something without good evidence of its veracity, then love definitely tops the list. Love is the only one that deserves to be on... Continue Reading →

Hypothetical God

Originally posted on 2013/10/11. Full disclosure: I do not believe in anything supernatural. I don’t really even know what “supernatural” is. But what if there were a creator and controller of the cosmos, with qualities similar to those attributed to the biblical Elohim/Yahweh/God? What would change? What would the universe be like? I expect it would... Continue Reading →

The Creative God

I have a concept of god that makes sense to me. It’s probably not compatible your concept, but that's fine, we don't have to agree. Generally, at least in the Abrahamic religions, God is thought of as the creator of all things, the creator of space-time and the spiritual realm, the creator and father of... Continue Reading →

Enjoy the Magic Show

I've been told that I should just shut up and go away. Well, not in quite such blunt terms, but that how I understand the reaction I sometimes get to my well-intentioned words of wisdom, especially in religious settings. I’m as welcome in a Christian Bible study as a skeptic at a magic show. You... Continue Reading →

Skeptics and Closed Minds

Skeptic: A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions. A Little History I have been accused of having a closed mind, because I mentioned that I think astrology is bunk. A closed mind, really? I'm the ultimate skeptic, which is the opposite of being closed-minded. I was raised to be Roman Catholic. At sixteen... Continue Reading →

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