This week, I finally did something I have been wanting to do for a long time: I put “atheist” on my Facebook profile. It was less of a dramatic coming-out than I had anticipated; to see it, you would have to go to my profile and scroll through my “About” section and find it listed under “religious views”. I could have made it into a post that will show up in people’s News Feeds, but I didn’t find that necessary. I did, however, follow a number of atheist pages, and maybe one day I’ll share some of their posts for all my friends to see.
It pains me even to use the floral graphic over a white background, but it is my way of setting the mood for this ultra-feminine post all about our favorite two Christian girls, Kristen and Bethany. You can thank me for not pairing it together with a flowing script font. Continue reading “Reading the Girl Defined Blog”
But if you want the more detailed response, stay tuned. Continue reading “Can Religion Save America?”
A few months ago when I was at my older sister‘s house, I found myself perusing her most recent issue of the Lutheran Magazine The Lutheran Witness. I stumbled upon an impressive article called “Concerning the Six-Day Creation” by Matthew C. Harrison, the president of the entire denomination; dumbfounded, I immediately tweeted about it.Continue reading “The Lutheran Church on Creationism”
I once wrote an essay on why a naturalistic worldview does not invariably lead to nihilism. In this essay, I argued that morality is objective with or without a god. I tried (so hard) to use this to make the case that there is a definite black-and-white law of right and wrong (yes, I used C.S. Lewis’ reasoning to make this point) within the human race, because I believed that without it, nihilism would ensue. I had been told once that anyone who is honest with herself and is a true nihilist would, in the end, commit suicide because of life’s overwhelming meaninglessness. It’s understandable that given this factor, I saw the link between naturalism and nihilism to be a deadly one, so I tried my very best to argue for atheistic objective morality.
Shortly after I started my blog, I published a post about my family’s beliefs entitled A Look at a Lutheran Doctrine. I outlined some statements that are a part of their Lutheran, specifically LCMS, beliefs.
Since I’ll be spending this weekend with family, I wanted to do a post that goes a bit further into their Lutheran beliefs. Continue reading “A Look at Luther’s Small Catechism”
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a video called “The End of Prayer Shaming” that had been shared on Facebook by a former teacher of mine. The video was made by Catholic high school students, and immediately I was intrigued because I anticipated what it might entail: “Christians are being discriminated against,” “We can’t pray in public anymore because we get judged,” or “Let’s take a stand against those prayer-haters.” I wasn’t wrong, but there was even more to the video than that, and the message shocked me. Continue reading “Thoughts and Prayers”
Two weeks ago, I wrote my response to a booklet I found in my church called Questions for Evolutionists from the Creation Research Society and edited by Theodore J. Siek. This is part #2 from that post as I write my reflection to the other creationist booklet I found that day, Questions for Creationists: Must Christians Choose Between Science and the Bible? (Click here to follow along in the booklet or read it on your own. This PDF has been shared with the permission of the Creation Research Society.) Continue reading “Questions (and Answers) for Creationists”
Finally, the day has arrived: my last church service of the summer! The fact that I can choose not to attend church at college is something that I take for granted when I’m there, and next week I’ll be talking about other reasons why I’m so ready to return even though it’s a Christian college. For now, however, I can’t help but share something that I found in my church this morning: booklets on evolution and creation made by the Creation Research Society.
About a year ago, when atheism was new to me, I tried watching the debate between scientist and evolutionist Bill Nye and young-earth creationist Ken Ham about whether or not creation is a viable model of origins. After no more than thirty minutes in, I was totally lost and had no idea what they were talking about. This week, however, I gave it another go. This time, I made it all the way through, and I was able to better understand the topics, although there were many claims made by Ken Ham that I found extremely underwhelming, extraordinary, and not convincing in the least. Whenever Ham would say something completely unfounded and outlandish, Nye would do his best to stay polite, referring to these as “extraordinary claims.” I’d like to point out some of these crazy statements that Ham made and give my thoughts on them. Continue reading “The Great Nye-Ham Debate”