Entries about reli­gion from my days as a fun­da­men­tal­ist to my athe­is­tic today. I want peo­ple, espe­cial­ly Chris­tians, to bet­ter under­stand the Bible — through knowl­edge, there is freedom!

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Do You Need God to Be Good?

With­out God, peo­ple are free to rape, mur­der, steal, and cause all the destruc­tion that they want… right? That is what some apol­o­gists believe, that with­out God, there is no good­ness. But what is the good? And can it be attained with­out God’s help?

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Missing the Point

Con­tent warn­ing: This post con­tains a pho­to­graph from a West­boro Bap­tist protest which is used as an exam­ple of what not to do. It con­tains lan­guage which is offen­sive. Over a decade ago, while I yet called myself a Chris­t­ian, I was onto some­thing good: a real­iza­tion that homo­pho­bic protests and oth­er­wise aggres­sive “evan­ge­lism” were …

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A Tale of Two Worldviews

Chris­tian­i­ty is fas­ci­nat­ing. The sto­ries of the Bible, the mir­a­cles and teach­ings described through­out? It’s end­less­ly curi­ous, with more nuance than it is often giv­en cred­it for, par­tic­u­lar­ly among my fel­low unbe­liev­ers. Far too often, unbe­liev­ers pick up on car­i­ca­tures of Chris­tian­i­ty — shal­low exag­ger­a­tions or dis­tor­tions that can be eas­i­ly mocked in text­book examples …

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Wheaton’s Law

Some­time in the past year or two, I was added to a Face­book group called The Black Sheep. I did­n’t think much of it, nor have I inter­act­ed much there­in because I pre­fer inter­act­ing more in the pub­lic realm than with­in groups online for some rea­son. It seemed a peace­ful place, though, and the conversations …

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God Chose the Strongest Women

Work­ing with the pub­lic, I see a lot of stu­pid shirts. Shirts with dec­la­ra­tions of apa­thy and demo­ti­va­tion. Shirts with reli­gious mes­sages that com­plete­ly butch­er the mes­sage of the reli­gion used. Shirts with pro­fan­i­ty for pro­fan­i­ty’s sake. Non­sen­si­cal pink t‑shirts on men that say, “Don’t laugh; it’s your girl­friend’s shirt,” as if that actu­al­ly makes any …

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Rick Beckman