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
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 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
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 recently shared a copy of Newsweek magazine with a good friend of mine, after reading the cover story Heaven is Real: One Doctor's Experience with the Afterlife. I picked the magazine up myself specifically because the cover story intrigued me, albeit with a very different perspective from the way that I suspected it would … Continue reading Is Heaven Real?