I really love the idea of Atheist Lent, which is described in much better words by Vlad Chituc over at Non-Prophet Status. His follow-up post talks about the three intentions of Catholic Lent (fasting, prayer and alms-giving) and how that can be translated to a secular practice. With that in mind, I'm going to attempt … Continue reading Fasting, Prayer and Alms-giving: My atheist take on the Catholic tradition
My grandmother used to talk to herself all the time. Sitting in the living room listening to her wash dishes was like being treated to a one woman play. Mommom would talk about the birds outside the window. The condition of the tomatoes in the garden out back. The effectiveness of the dish soap she … Continue reading I am my grandparents’ legacy.
It really isn't my intention to make this blog all about religion. I swear I'll be mixing it up again soon. I found this Op-Ed piece in the NY Times to be really lovely. Written by Father Kevin O'Neill, it is a great piece on how to reconcile faith in God with evil in the … Continue reading We are human and mortal.
"As an atheist, I believe that there is no divine force that will save us. We are going to have to try to save ourselves. That means we’ll have to work together, in spite of our religious disagreements. Thus, my atheism moves me to care for and love my neighbors—it is not an excuse for … Continue reading
I've been sitting on this blog post for a couple of weeks now, mostly because I just haven't had time to finish it. I'm also working really hard to balance complete honesty with respect. I don't want anyone to feel like I'm insulting their beliefs. The opposite is true, but it's a fine line. In … Continue reading What Christmas means to this atheist.
I mentioned in a previous post that I have strong feelings about the word faith. It's something of a mantra for me with personal historical significance, yet I know that many find that my allegiance to the word is contrary to my atheistic beliefs. I disagree. Passionately. As with many words, there is more than … Continue reading Refusing to give up my faith
My best friend from high school asked me in the comments on the Faitheist post about the catalyst that moved a former Catholic to atheism. I haven't really told that story yet - so I thought I'd bring it out of the comments and make it a separate post. I wish I could point to … Continue reading If I could have been an altar girl, maybe this never would have happened.
I've struggled with the word "atheist". It's accurate; I don't believe in God. Strictly speaking, that does make me an atheist, so why do I always add a caveat? (I've done it just this week in a blog post.) In part, I suppose I am a bit of a coward. I know that word frightens … Continue reading As far as labels go, “Faitheist” is not so bad
I struggle to understand why the most devout Christians tend to vote Republican*. It's a bold statement coming from someone who uses the atheist label (albeit only for lack of something better) - and I am always reluctant to bring it up publicly. I don't have the right. I've had this conversation with a good friend, … Continue reading If Jesus is your guide, I don’t understand your vote for Romney
I just spent 15 minutes of my life searching the internet for any well-written, non-religious arguments opposing same-sex marriage. That's 15 minutes of my life I've wasted and I'm never getting back. I am undoubtedly more passionate about the subject of marriage equality than I am about any other social or political issue. I've been … Continue reading Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement: Opposing the Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage