Many people think that marriage is a religious institution, and with this ideology, they believe it is right to bring their religious beliefs into the matter. This could be in the form of the belief in no premarital sex, cohabitation, or even kissing, or a condemnation of any type of homosexual marriage or romance in the first place. Usually we think of people with these beliefs as advocates for “traditional” marriage, but as it turns out, marriage itself isn’t quite traditional in any way.
As I write this, I’m getting married in exactly two weeks, so weddings and marriage are among the only things I’ve been thinking about! Continue reading “The Unholy History of Marriage”
Last week, I hit the milestone of my 100th post here on The Closet Atheist blog! I would have celebrated last week with this reminiscent post, but I had already written a post, and then written a whole new one instead, and then when it was all done on Saturday night at 12:30 a.m., I realized that it had been my hundredth one! So now, I am celebrating my 101st post by going through and sharing what have been my favorite posts to write and look back at throughout my almost two years here on WordPress. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Blog Posts”
Over the years, I have received a lot of emails and messages from other closeted atheists asking for advice. Most of these messages have been from atheists in high school, wondering what to do in regards to having this secret among Christian friends, parents, and church members. Thanks to a tweet from Godless Iowan, I decided that compiling my advice together could hopefully prove helpful for at least one of my younger readers. Continue reading “7 Tips for Closeted Atheist Teenagers”
A couple of weeks ago, my fiance and I spent a day driving around to different bookstores. When I explore bookstores, I usually spend most of my time divided between the science section (specifically biology and evolution) and the religion section (there are sometimes atheism-related books on a shelf labeled “comparative religion”). As one might guess, I found James S. Spiegel’s little book, The Making of an Atheist, among the other atheist books. I picked it up thinking it might be Spiegel’s deconversion story only to see the other half of the title, How Immorality Leads to Unbelief. I was immediately intrigued. It’s common to hear people say, “you’re only an atheist because you want to sin!” but this was the first time I’d seen someone write a 130-page book on the idea. Continue reading “The Making of an Atheist Review”
During my last week at college, I found myself perusing through various Christian girl YouTube channels (I watch a lot of YouTube, and I find myself watching that from time to time… don’t judge me). Some are really terrible and drive me nuts—I won’t name any names, but, well, one of the worst offenders rhymes with Shmirl Shmefined. But that week I actually watched a lot of videos from a Christian girl my age who I really liked and found myself being drawn to for how honest and down to earth she was. Continue reading “Christians and Atheists: Seeing the Other Side”
I’ve often seen that Christians, particularly young Christian girls, feel pressured to believe certain things about culture and about people in general. Don’t be friends with atheists, don’t participate in LGBT weddings, don’t drink like everybody else does. Probably the most common example I see, though, *cough cough* Girl Defined *cough cough* is that girls ought to be modest, and they should have a problem with immodesty. Continue reading “An Atheist on Modesty”
David Hogsette’s Emails to a Young Seeker is one of the most… fascinating books I’ve ever read. I first discovered this quirky apologetics book when I had to edit it as an assignment in a class at Grove City College—and not even a religion class, but an English class. Being the passive aggressive individual that I am, I decided that I had too many edits to be contained in one assignment, and I wanted my critique of the garbage presented to me at that school to be public. Continue reading “Apologetics 102: Conclusion”
To date, I have reviewed five books on this blog. Of them all, this one is by far my favorite.
Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True is the first book I’ve read cover-to-cover (in this genre) that does not focus on religion, either with a basis of defending it or exposing its downfalls. As the title might convey, the book is all about evidence for evolution and a bit of explanation on how it works. I’ve tried once before, actually, to read another book on evolution—one that you may have heard of. Continue reading “Why Evolution is True Review”
Allow me to present to you a hypothetical situation. Let’s say I’ve just finished reading The Case for Christ. There was something about Lee Strobel’s ingenious and fool-proof arguments that has miraculously convinced me that Jesus exists, God exists, the bible is true, and I ought to become a Christian. Well then, what should I do next? Join a church? Get baptized? Stop drinking alcohol? Hang bible verses up on my walls? Should I love my neighbor, or should I become homophobic perhaps? There are so many options! Continue reading “No True Christian”
This summer, I’ve spent some time going through an apologetics book called Emails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity. The author is a professor at Grove City College, from which I recently graduated and where I encountered this book during an assignment in an English class. Throughout campus, Dr. Hogsette, or “Prof Dave”, as he calls himself in the book, was praised as a gifted author and apologist, but with every page of this book I find myself disagreeing more and more. (Check out my full introduction and Part 1, too!) Continue reading “Apologetics 102: The Bible”