I Am Your Father, III – Your Attention, Please.

Father and Son Bronze SculptureI often feel that apparently unrelated events in my life seem to converge around certain points in time around specific themes.  I don’t think there’s anything supernatural about that. I think we Continue reading

From Certainty to Uncertainty

God Rules Cover cropped 2I’ve often said that I cringe at some of our earliest lyrics, even if I still enjoy the youthful and musical exuberance in the songs.   It’s pretty easy to grant myself some grace in growing up. When I was a child I spoke as a child, after all.  I can put those early works in perspective.  Here’s one such lyric: Continue reading

God, Cigarettes and Sadness

scan0008I felt like I had lost my best friend.  Some of my friends had told me they had felt the same way when they went through it.  It didn’t stop me though.  I knew what I had to do and there comes a point where enough is enough. Continue reading

Huffington Post Interview – Extended and Unedited

The interview I did with Bert Montgomery earlier in the year ended up appearing in The Huffington Post, the Burnside Writers Collective, Faithlab, and on Bert’s own blog. He’s resourceful!  The version that appeared in all these publications was about half the length of the whole interview.  The unedited full version, done initially in two parts, appears below and includes a whole bunch of other important stuff on religion and faith, CCM, Undercover and even a bit on The Fugs!  Now what interview would be complete without that?

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My Talk at the 2011 FFRF Convention

Last month the Freedom From Religion Foundation put a printed edition of my presentation at their annual convention in Hartford, CT in their newsletter.  For those who are not members and who do not have access to the newsletter (which alone is worth the price of membership in the organization) the printed transcription is now available on their website here. Continue reading

Science, Religion, And Knowing What Is True

We’ve heard them all.  Science is a religion.  It takes more faith to believe in science (or the big bang, or evolution, or an old earth, or climate change, or…) than it does to believe in God.  Today brought another set of comparisons of science to religion and religion to science in a Facebook discussion but from a different angle. Continue reading

Bearing His Cross

I see this guy from time to time, not everyday but often.  Today again, there he was, all day long with his cross waving at people. All day long.  Does he have a right to spend his time however he wants?  Of course.  Does he have a right to express himself?  Undoubtedly.  Does he have a right to do it here on public property?  I am less certain about that.  But none of these things are what went through my head today.   Continue reading