I found this link on social media and decided to bite. How Did You Become an Atheist? I’ve spoken of this before. The short version is that I discovered I had no good reason to believe religion, and several good reasons not to believe in any gods, starting with the lack of evidence. What happens when … More Questions for Atheists
Yeah, I still haven’t buckled down and gotten to serious work on my next series, so here’s some links I found over the last week or so that deserve a share. First up, there’s an article about how to apologize. I may never have kids and almost definitely will never be a teacher, but I … More Apologies, Church Invites, Calvin and Hobbes, Potato Salad, and Evolution
When I see pictures like this, I’m not terrified. I’m thinking, “KITTY!” Here’s another example: Maybe it would be different if I encountered these animals in the wild? They are just so gorgeous, and I want to hug them.
Mine was a happy childhood; at least, I remember mostly happiness. I never knew my father; he was at work when I was awake and I only saw him in pictures and brief glances when I was supposed to be in bed. I didn’t know my father’s family, either; none of his siblings or parents … More Beyond the Wall
I trained for many years. I was absolutely determined to be the best of the best of the best. It was my destiny, or so I had been told ever since I could remember. By age 12, all the masters I had sought out in my huge home city had nothing left to teach me. … More Dragons in the Dojo
A youth ran into the bookstore eagerly, looked around, and ran back out just as eagerly. Then, he took two steps down the sidewalk and pushed open the door of the neighboring pet store. He ran to the counter and pushed a sweaty fistful of wadded cash and coins towards the cashier. “Please, sir, please,” … More The Festering Hellcat
This is sparked by a reddit thread. Here’s the scenario: A professor is overseeing the final for his class. He notices that one of his students has their pen down, they have their hands over their face, and they are not paying attention to the test in any recognizable way. He goes to the student … More Does Praying for Answers on a Test Equal Cheating?
I don’t really have a reason, but I’m going to answer the questions from Ray Comfort’s “Atheist Test” anyway. I will not just give the multiple choice responses provided, however, but respond to any flawed reasoning I see as well. Otherwise, this wouldn’t be very interesting, right? Billions of years ago, a big bang produced … More The Atheist Test
Every once in a while, a reddit thread will pop up on one of the subs I frequent with a question like this: “I don’t believe the religion anymore, but my sister just asked me to be godfather to my new nephew. What should I do? Should I lie about believing and go along with … More On Being a Godparent
It isn’t so much the hijab itself that is offensive, in my view, but the moral obligation to wear it. A woman wants to wear a hijab? That should be fine. A woman wants to wear a string bikini? That should be equally fine. (Side note: men with stupid haircuts are equally allowed to sport … More Are Hijabs Offensive?