Once credited to Epicurus (however, credited by a Christian refuting him and, so far, unsubstantiated), this paradox has always interested me: Either God wants to abolish evil and cannot, Or he can, but does not want to, Or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, then he is wicked. If he neither can, nor wants to, he is both powerless and wicked. Most Christians believe that their god is all-powerful (omnipotent), everywhere all the time (omnipresent), knows everything (omniscient), and is always good (omnibenevolent). The … Continue reading →
I’m back, brothers and sisters! Better late than never, eh? I’ve been busy in my absence, at least: You’ll notice there’s now a shiny new subscription box in the sidebar (hint, hint), and I planned out an actual editorial calendar and stuff. There’s method to my madness now! Here’s how this blog’s posting schedule looks for now: Mondays, I will talk about something newsy, from an atheist standpoint. A lot of these posts will address church/state separation and how it’s being fought – and defended. Wednesdays I’ll tackle specific Bible stories or tenets of faith and why I no longer … Continue reading →
I once dated a conspiracy theorist. We’re not talking a wishy-washy, “The Illuminati probably run things” guy. No, brothers and sisters, we’re talking a “The Illuminati totally run things, they’re being controlled by Satan himself, and demons are keeping tabs on me because I’m getting close to the truth” guy. Some girls have a bad boy phase. I apparently had a nutjob phase.
Before diving into Part Two of my deconversion story, let me preface this post with a little information about teenage-and-early-twenty-something me: I was a goody-two-shoes. I was that girl you hated in high school or maybe college. The one who lectured you on why it was wrong to get drunk, why you were bad for trying pot, why you’d regret for the rest of your life the fact that you’d *gasp* had sex with your boyfriend before marriage. I was shy and socially awkward, sheltered and naïve. Leaving my parents’ homes to go to college was more culture shock than I’d … Continue reading →