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Chuck The Nut vs. Bruce The Atheist

It’s been a while since I posted an installment of “Silly Meme Saturday”, mostly because I quit following people on social media who did nothing but post silly memes. But internet image files with pointless text typed on them are ubiquitous. It was certain that I would run across one eventually worth my effort. Chuck[…]

What Would It Take To Convince Me?

Hell Is Hot A one-woman religious march in Seminole, Oklahoma, used this sign, assuring viewers that “Hell Is Hot”, accompanied by stick-figure drawings of people burning in Hell. (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) A question often posed to atheists is: “What would it take to convince you God is real?” It’s asked so[…]

10 Bogus Explanations For Millennials’ Lack Of Religion

Christians — especially mistaken authors like “Doctor” Alex McFarland — are pretty worried about the Pew survey which shows younger U.S.ians are leaving religion in droves. Logically, for anyone concerned with the longevity of religion, there have to be two immediate goals: (1) find out what’s driving millennials away from the church, and (2) figure[…]

Ivy Taylor Is Delusional To The Point Of Being Incompetent

Home Sweet Home A “house” on Oliver Street in Seminole, Oklahoma, that would more properly be called a “shack”. During my nine years in Seminole, I met multiple people who lived in homes just like this, because they couldn’t afford to fix them up and couldn’t afford to move elsewhere. They couldn’t even afford to[…]

13 More Christian Questions

Categories: Evolution, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2017.03.03

The definition of atheist is straightforward. In November, I responded to “10” (turned out to be 12) questions that a Christian supposedly posed to atheists. Today, I ran across another list. In case the Christians in my life have similar questions in mind but are unwilling to ask them, I post my answers here:

A Missed Crossroads In 1992

“I sense an important cross road quickly approaching, and I know of what choices it consists… My decisions here will seemingly determine my course hereafter… When I pace my floor, and call His name, speaking to Him, I don’t feel as if I’m being heard. And even if I am I don’t feel like I’m[…]

Why Are Atheists So Focused On Religion If They Don’t Believe?

It’s a fairly frequent question, often intended as an accusation: “If atheists don’t believe in God, why are they always talking about him?” First, it’s important to note that many atheists, just like many believers, never talk about God or religion at all (source: Pew Research Center). It just doesn’t come up very often in[…]

A Christian’s 10 Questions

A student at a small Bible college asked the following “10” questions, with the aim of “being able to have open and honest conversations with people from different religions or with no religion at all.” Some of my readers know all of the following about me, but others may not, so I’m giving my answers[…]

Online Evangelicals Struggle With ‘Aggressive Atheists’

Mark Woods, Baptist minister and “contributing editor” for evangelical at heart Christian Today

‘If There Are Gods’ : A Bogus Quote From Marcus

Often attributed to Marcus Aurelius The quotation embedded in the image at right is often attributed to Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 CE, the words said to come from Meditations, a series of private writings by Aurelius which he likely never intended to be public. For searchability reasons, the quote is as follows: “Live[…]

How To Convert An Atheist

This is the meme in question, with my question typed on it at bottom I can’t quite decide whether to call this recurring segment “Debunking Silly Christian Memes” or “Silly Meme Saturday”, but maybe it doesn’t need a name. But it does need doing. No, I’m not searching out memes to debunk; that would be[…]

Challenging The Portrayals Of Atheists In The Media

(Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) In a previous entry, Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported (2015.11.15), I noted that Carey Lodge’s piece in Christianity Today was close to fair, with only slight omissions and a few word-changes. It’s easy to see why hers would slip under the radar. Other media hit pieces,[…]

Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported

In an undated article on Christianity Today, writer Carey Lodge lists “six facts about atheism in the U.S.”, citing a recent Pew Research report. I noted some interesting twists and omissions in Lodge’s article. Note: The Pew report contains “7 Facts”, and lists them in a different order than Lodge did. I will use Lodge’s[…]

That Time I Saw An Atheism Commercial On TV

25-cent piece, U.S. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday evening, my wife and I were wrapping up our day by watching a rerun of The Daily Show, via our cable company’s “On Demand” feature. At the end, just as I was about to stop the replay and turn everything off for the night,[…]

Why Are ‘Nones’ On The Rise In The U.S.?

Empty church pews (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Results of a new major study from Pew have been much-reported lately. The massive-in-scope survey shows that Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., while the unaffiliated (“nones”) have grown by leaps and bounds. Some publications tried to interpret the findings, some lamenting the[…]

Inter-Fetal Conversation Proves God Exists?

Categories: Religion
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Published on: 2015.04.20

Did you hear the one about the two babies in the womb? I’m not sure who wrote it — things like this get passed around social media without attribution, which is probably one of the worst things about social media. Anyway, in shortened form, it goes like this: “Two babies were in a mother’s womb.[…]

Jumping To Unconclusions From Chapel Hill

As coincidence would have it, the very same day I came out as at atheist, three people in North Carolina were killed by gunshot. The killing itself isn’t a coincidence; 83 people in the U.S. die every day from gunshot wounds — about 2/3 of them self-inflicted. What was coincidental with my announcement is that[…]

Today, I ‘Came Out Of The Closet’ As An Atheist

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2015.02.10

You can read more about it on my website, a special section I’ve created to tell my story. It took 25 years for me to get here, and a year to write it all down.   Screenshot of my web page announcing my atheism (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)  

Atrocities Committed In The Name Of…

We’ve seen a lot of discussion lately over which religion (or non-religion) is responsible for the worst atrocities. The conversation got a bump lately from President Obama’s recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Internet searches for these remarks reveal either condemnation or praise of his remarks. The one I linked to above was in[…]

A Thought Experiment: Religion On A Graph

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2014.07.13

Two years ago, I mentioned as a subpoint of an entry about Mitt Romney that “…atheists, for example, would have the same problem with Obama that they have with Romney; both men are religious.” And my lone atheist friend confirmed in the comments below: “Mormonism isn’t any more ridiculous that any other faith.” This mini-conversation[…]

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