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I’m somewhat late to the introduction to the Atheism+ movement. I had only heard of this a few weeks ago and have been trying to catch up on events. So on paper, Atheism+ sounds great:

We are…
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women’s rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.

A little bit about me:

So, why do I consider myself an atheist (part 3)

Part 2

It’s now difficult for me to believe in the God of the bible. The monumental failure of prayer in my life is the least of my reasons I do not believe. I don’t understand how a God can claim to be all loving, all powerful, all knowing and send people to hell for an eternity or allow the amount of suffering in the world that He supposedly does (problem of evil). How can this Read More…

So, why do I consider myself an atheist (part 2)

Part 1

It is very difficult to convey all of the emotions and thoughts which went along that period of my life. I think that was the closest I’ve ever been to being “insane.” I still couldn’t tell the entire story to my parents. How would they understand how ultimately “evil” their child was, or so I thought. To a degree, the abuse made a sort-of twisted logic and fed into the idea that I deserved it. It made sense in terms of the abuse I received, and it made sense “theologically” too. I started to search for answers among my fellow Christians (at that time). I prayed the sinner’s prayer with other born-again Christians a few times (I meant it with all the faith I could muster). I remember calling Silent Unity to pray on a regular basis. I thought if I would be born-again, then God would love me again. I was anointed with oil, a sacrament for the sick. It is a Christian truism that if God doesn’t answer your prayer than he would make you strong enough to endure whatever trial befell you. To an extent, I agreed, but my trials were getting harder and harder. Read More…

So, why do I consider myself an atheist (part 1)

The reasons I’m going to give are not necessarily philosophical although I’ve encountered the “problem of evil” “the problem of hell” essentially on my own. Rather, my OCD latched on to these problems and caused a great deal of pain in trying to resolve them. Let’s start at the beginning.

I was raised Roman Catholic (RCC) on my mother’s side. I have been baptized, and confirmed. I used to go to church and confession. I used to enjoy reading the homilies on my own as I did find them interesting as stories and narratives of some type of truth. I looked to these stories as how is God trying to help me understand them. I used to pray quite a bit. I would even venture a guess that it may have been a compulsion, but I didn’t always pray out of guilt or anxiety. For the most part, I thought of God as Read More…

Once again, we have hit philosophical bedrock with the shovel of a stupid question

The title of this post is taken from a debate between William Lane Craig and Sam Harris on youtube in which Sam Harris replies to a question from William Lane Craig (WLC). Overall, it was a great debate. I have been watching a lot of debates, lately. In particular, I’ve been watching debates involving WLC whom I had not heard of until a few months ago.He is apparently the bane of atheists everywhere (I say this with some sarcasm). I’m not going to focus too much on philosophy on this site because Read More…

It’s time for a page one rewrite for the Roman Catholic Church

Before I begin I want to let Catholics know that I’m not trying to “come down” on Catholicism. I was raised Catholic and I to a certain degree understand what it means, or meant I suppose, to be Catholic. I write this in the spirit of constructive criticism. I don’t want to see the Catholic church disappear. Despite my disbelief I think the Roman Catholic church isn’t all bad. Catholicism is still one of the Read More…

My Reasonings on Some Issues of Faith

I want to start out with some ideas that have bounced around my melon for a while. I admire the author of the book The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs. In particular, I liked his Ted Talk about that book.  In that project he explores some of the issues he encountered while trying to live as close to the Bible as possible. Some of the big lessons he learned was not to take the Bible literally, give thanks, have reverence (he is agnostic by the way), don’t stereotype, don’t disregard the irrational, and one has to cherry pick the Bible. I couldn’t agree more. The points I want to focus on are the “don’t disregard the irrational” and having Read More…