Wager

As I wander through social media engagements around religion and atheism, I am stunned how often communication fails over semantics. We become so defensive of word usage, that we often miss the opportunity to impart vital information in the answers we post. This occurs almost daily with two frequent questions posed to atheists. The first […]

Santa

I think I cried harder the first time I lost faith in a magical man in the sky. When Childhood Christmas would come I could barely sleep, listening for the sound of bells, the patter of hooves on a snowcapped roof. I would sit up, clad in my snuggly onsie, and wipe the frosty window […]

Afterlife

It came as a surprise to me that when I renounced belief in God, most people assumed I had relinquished any notion of an afterlife. I never really had an ah-hah moment or a note to self that said, “Now that I don’t believe in god, I’m should let go of all spirituality and assume […]

Gratitude

Several weeks ago, I found myself in the frontlines of a semantics war with a Christian blogger. What I will euphemistically call “the discussion” centered around my use of the word thankfully. According to this individual and some of his readers, I had forfeited my right to feel gratitude when I left religion, since gratitude […]