OMG it’s Them Again: Trying A New Way to Talk to Doorstep Preachers

Besides which, I thought, I could try out a new tactic for dealing with religious door-knockers. See, sometimes I answer the door without realising there’s a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, or just a run-of-the-mill, zealous Protestant on the other side. … More OMG it’s Them Again: Trying A New Way to Talk to Doorstep Preachers

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This Atheist’s Thoughts on Suffering, Sadness, and Hell

At the same time, it started to dawn on me that the bad things that happen in this world aren’t suddenly and magically made right in a heaven somewhere. I started to realise, too, that “everything doesn’t happen for a reason” (at least not in the sense in which that phrase is usually used). Terrible things happen, and they’re terrible, and that’s that. … More This Atheist’s Thoughts on Suffering, Sadness, and Hell

Spanish Tongues and Love Waterfall: Two Miracles That Kept Me Believing

I held on to these beliefs even after I stopped believing in Jesus because I’d experienced two events in my life that seemed to be the result of supernatural intervention. I hadn’t been around to see Jesus turn water into wine, or Moses part the Red Sea, but the “miraculous experiences” you witness or experience yourself are harder to doubt. … More Spanish Tongues and Love Waterfall: Two Miracles That Kept Me Believing

“No Excuses”: Motherhood, Choice, and Getting Angry

Yes, I knew that people loved their children with a love that filled their life with a deeper meaning and significance than they could ever have imagined. But I also felt at that time that the world was wide open to me, and I had no idea what treasures of love and significance and willing self-sacrifice I might discover down any given avenue in my future. … More “No Excuses”: Motherhood, Choice, and Getting Angry

Shutting off the “Something’s Off Here…” Tap: Suppressing My Doubts

As a member of the congregation, hearing this story was one of those “Something’s off here…” moments. Wait a minute. Something’s really off here. At times like this, the discomfort was a dripping tap: I could zone out the drip drip drip of these constant “Wait a minute…” moments for long periods, but now and again it would get loud and distracting. … More Shutting off the “Something’s Off Here…” Tap: Suppressing My Doubts