This blog is largely devoted to one beagle’s path through the world of thought. These posts trace the path so far.
My Conversion Story
Although I am no longer a Christian, no story is complete without its beginning. My story began with a conversion to Christ.
My Journey Out of Evangelical Christianity
The Christian faith was the center of my life for 40 years. After a long struggle with show-stopper questions, I gave it up. Here’s my story.
- Part 1: The Wake-Up Call
- Part 2: Worthy Prayers
- Part 3: Prayer Studies
- Part 4: Romans 8:9
- Part 5: Highlighting Your Comments So Far
- Part 6: The God of the Bible
- How It Felt to Lose My Faith
And this is where I’ve landed.
- With respect to thinking: Shaphat
- With respect to living, here’s a post that’s completely different. You’ll enjoy it most if you read it aloud. Zarathustra Speaks to the Trees
The most important reason I left the faith was the moral bankruptcy of the Bible The Bible does have many good things to say, of course, but there are also passages and ideas that are profoundly immoral. This series on biblical slavery treats just one example among many. It will also give you a sense of the lame and/or dishonest answers I got when I asked evangelicals tough questions.
- Invitation to a Dialog on Biblical Slavery
- Was Biblical Slavery All That Bad?
- Did God Command Slavery, or Merely Tolerate It?
- Were Some Biblical Slaves Merely Prisoners of War?
- Does the Bible Regulate the Care of Slaves?
- Was Slavery God’s Righteous Judgment?
- Did God Intend to End Slavery by Changing People’s Hearts?
- What did Jesus Say About Slavery?
- Biblical Slavery: Are God’s Ways Higher than Our Ways?
- Why I Care About Biblical Slavery
- Biblical Slavery Postscript: Where Were the Apologists?
How Can We Decide What’s True?
Having lost faith in faith, I turned to what is known as freethought: seeking the truth based on science, logic and reason. Here’s why.
- The Feeling of Knowing
- Software Patches for the Brain
- Sound Method
- Hierarchy of Methods
- Myth, Meth, Math
WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTHWHILE
As an evangelical, I could not imagine why atheists would bother getting out of bed in the morning. Imagine my surprise when, after shedding my faith, I had more joy than ever.
- On Losing 99.999999% of My Future
- How It Felt to Lose My Faith
- 31 Days of Wonder
- Choosing a Purpose
- Stick Your Head Out of the Window!
Since leaving faith behind, I have been told that I have no reason to care about anything. On the contrary…
- Why Care? (Introduction)
- Why Care About Anything at All?
- Why Care About Right and Wrong?
- Why Do Atheists Care About Other People?
- Why Do Atheists Care About Religion?
Like many evangelicals, I was a conservative Republican. Now that I try my best to stay away from dogma of both left and right, I call myself a moderate.
Although both extremes have their cohort of liars and cynical manipulators, I am confronted with lies from the right more often. There’s an inherent reason for that, as I explain in these three posts.
It seems that the politico-cultural wars are often fought over issues of sexuality.
- The Wedding Ring
- Marriage Is Not the Government’s Business
- Sex-Selective Abortions
- Contraception and Religious Freedom
- The Changing Evangelical Position on Abortion
I have become a big fan of reality as revealed by science. Here are some topics I find particularly fun and enlightening.
I did a whole series on Richard Dawkins’ book, The Selfish Gene. The best parts were at the end.
I devoted all of August, 2012 to the wonders I saw all around me. Many of them had a scientific bent, including these.