Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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What kind of atheist am I?

The kind that doesn’t believe in god(s). Haha… Get it? Actually, it’s a broader question about how I conduct myself as a non-believer and what does that mean for how I interact with others, from the deepest believer to the most radical anti-theist. Two incidents this week have me thinking about this topic. One was an […]

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A matter of freedom from the threat of violence, part 2

“I can say with as much certainty as is possible that, wherever the light of free debate and expression is extinguished, the darkness is very much deeper, more palpable, and more protracted. But the urge to shut out bad news or unwelcome opinions will always be a very strong one, which is why the battle […]

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Yes Virginia, There Is a Jesus

So I’ve written before about being an atheist who loves Christmas, even the religious aspects of it, and tonight I want to take another crack at explaining why, inspired in parts by a conversation I had today with my mom, a post by Wil Wilkinson on The Dish and the old classic response to Virginia […]

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On forgiveness

“Forgotten is forgiven.” F. Scott Fitzgerald said that. I think there’s certainly some wisdom there if you consider that to forgive can be very troublesome for some people. I’m not talking about minor infractions of the social contract- those we can forgive and forget rather easily- the person taking up two parking spots, the person […]

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Planting my tree

Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek proverb I’ve loved these words since the first time I’ve heard them several years ago as a way to introduce a podcast on philosophy. While I’m not yet an old man (though my nephew may beg to […]

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Dinosaurs and ghosts

I love dinosaurs and have ever since I can remember. Adults would get a kick out of three year old me answering “paleontologist” when they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My license plate currently reads “TREXRAWR.” My younger brothers and I wore out our VHS copy of “Jurassic Park.” I […]

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The Season of Hope

What is the opposite of anxiety? You could easily say that the opposite of anxious is calm, and I won’t disagree. But if you look at anxiety, as I often experience it, it can be expressed as worry. When I’m anxious I’m worried- worried about what to say, what I’ve said, what might happen, what […]

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Answering questions on religion, spirituality, feminism and more…

One of the blogs that I read on a regular basis is “Hessian with Teeth,” a blog by two university students that regularly delves into topics like those in the title of this post (in fact, they describe themselves by saying “This site is all about ideas”). Recently they’ve reached a milestone on their blog and […]

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Voting in Church

I’ll spare you, dear reader, of a rundown of how I voted except to say that I split my ticket among several parties and write-ins and literally nobody I voted for won (including, of course, me). No, what I want to talk about is an issue about my polling place, the wall of separation between church […]

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