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

The Art of Anti-Evangelism

People leave the faith for many reasons.  Sometimes it’s a result of their own inquiries but sometimes they are helped along, their assent into skepticism and unbelief unwittingly mid-wifed by believers themselves. Psychologist Valerie Tarico, author of “Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light,” outlines how believers do just that in her article,”8 Ways Christian Fundamentalists Make People Convert — to Agnosticism or Atheism.” Continue reading

A Reading From The Gospel According To Robert Ingersoll

In the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a number of unrelated people from diverse and distant stations and geographies experience strange shared phenomena that none of them can explain or understand, and which suggests to those around them that they might actually be losing their marbles.  These people are ultimately driven to seek out and travel to the remote location where they have been “summoned.” Continue reading

Improv Friday – 5/11/2012 – “Isla”

Improv Friday is an online musical event where composers of all stripes gather to write and improvise every Friday. These are not “songs” as many are used to hearing from me, but improvised works or as the website says, works “with strong improvisational elements,” for those who have ears to hear. It’s a way to stay busy, sketch, experiment, generate ideas, keep creativity flowing, hear others’ work, learn more about my software and hardware, explore.   Continue reading