What if You’re Wrong?

I have been asked, "What if you're wrong? What if God exists and you are indeed bound for hell because you don't believe? You are risking an eternity of punishment and the loss of infinite reward, simply for refusing to have faith." There are a great many flaws in that argument, but more on that... Continue Reading →

Climate Change Meta Writing

It's time for a little more writing about what I write. Since my motto is "all the things your mother told you not to talk about," you may legitimately wonder why I often write about climate change, aka global warming. As my motto implies, I focus primarily on topics that are too controversial for polite... 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 →

The Value of Absurdity

If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance,... Continue Reading →

Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

My counseling degree does not qualify me for clinical practice, but my studies did give me some insight on what would characterize good counseling practice. Gay conversion psychotherapy, also known as "reparative therapy" or “sexual reorientation therapy,” qualifies as quackery. The American Psychological Association shares my opinion on that, and California moved last year to make the practice... Continue Reading →

Hellfire

It suddenly occurs to me that religious groups that persuade their members to stay loyal by threatening them with hellfire for questioning doctrine are very similar to child molesters who persuade their victims to keep quiet by threatening them with bodily harm. That is a sobering thought. Many child molesters use threats as part of a range... Continue Reading →

There’s Your Problem – Part Two

I am not anti-faith. If you have a religious faith, I am sure that I don't share it, but if it helps you live better in any way, good for you.  Although I try to avoid fruitless discussions of things that can't be seen or measured, I don't deny that the kinds of things traditionally... Continue Reading →

The Fundamentals

Just a short note after that long conversation with an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist: I try to follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. I am in no way a fundamentalist. In fact, I would say that I reject all the important principles of fundamental Christian doctrine—I do not believe that the Bible is inerrant, and... Continue Reading →

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