The vacuity of materialism

Most people are familiar with Carl Sagan’s famous declaration that “We are made of star stuff,” if only because of that song from a decade ago. It is often referenced to prove that even stereotypically stodgy, lab-coated scientists can have a sense of awe, an appreciation for intangible aesthetics like beauty, and even the occasional turtleneck sweater. […]

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Is Dawkins’ new book a children’s primer for scientism?

When I first heard a description of Dawkins’ latest book, The Magic of Reality, I thought it sounded intriguing, if not promising. However, I certainly don’t like the way this review paints the book. …Dawkins’ volume is as accessible as it is illuminating, covering a remarkable spectrum of subjects and natural phenomena — from who […]

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Tough love for my fellow post-Evangelical Christians

Over a year ago I started a closed, hidden Facebook group for a few of my friends and me so that we could share links and discuss issues swirling around our rejection of inerrancy. It was an experience of much empathy and encouragement that most all of us really appreciated. Then around the time my […]

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Let’s not kid ourselves

Berenbaum: “Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful and so honest.” Mulder: “‘Honest’?” Berenbaum: “Eat, sleep, defecate, procreate. That’s all they do. That’s all we do, but at least insects don’t kid themselves that it’s anything more than that.” from “War of the Coprophages”, episode 3×12 of The X-Files This exchange […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If I become an atheist…

Becoming an atheist is not in the cards for me at this point. But if ever I find myself an atheist, here’s my pledge to you. I will not set up websites or troll others’ websites trying to get people to see why I lost my faith or why they should as well. I probably […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Disillusioned, the Defenders, and me

What in the world am I trying to do with this site? Who am I writing for? Who do I expect to come away with something of value? I ask myself these questions periodically. Am I a “faith” blogger or a “skeptic” blogger? The posts I write criticizing aspects of evangelicalism are the most popular, […]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Asymptotic faith journeys

The tendency toward reductionism is simultaneously one of the most tempting and problematic aspects of the laudable task of seeking explanations. The “thrill of the hunt” is the expectation that the quarry will be found and conquered. It’s not surprising, then, that the joy of drilling down to the bottom of a matter sometimes continues quite […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011