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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:

Inside The Mind Of An Evangelical Trump-Supporter

This is a page from a Donald Trump coloring book on sale for $8 at Sam’s Club in Killeen, Texas. Remember that there are people in our country who bought this intentionally and unironically. (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Raised in a politically conservative religious household, I typically have a good understanding of[…]

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[…]

No, You’re Probably Not Being Persecuted

I only bring this up because this morning I ran across yet another Christian online who claimed to be “persecuted” — his own words, yet offered no specifics. The persecution complex is strong among certain Christians. I know it’s real because I was one of them; I experienced the very real feelings. We were told[…]

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[…]

American Christians Confused About Own Doctrines?

Apostles’ Creed (from Wikipedia) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the[…]

Online Evangelicals Struggle With ‘Aggressive Atheists’

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

Responses To Seth Andrews’ Non-Scientific Survey

One writer I follow on Facebook posted the following recently: “I’m conducting an experiment. Not scientific, of course, but more of a desire to see/hear responses. If you have a Christian friend or family member who’d be game, present them the following questions and paste their answers in the comment section. No need to mention[…]

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[…]

Because There’s Good Stuff In The Bible Too

Inside Canada’s Parliament building, where marriage equality passed 10 years ago without destroying any religious rights. (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) In my previous entry, I didn’t come right out and say I was talking about conservative Christians. Perhaps I should have. I didn’t want to come off as a hypocrite though, since[…]

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[…]

They Were Asking For It, Said The Victim-Blamers

If I was in charge of ISIL*, I don’t think I would be claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Garland, Texas. I don’t know what the news looks like over in Islamaland, but here in the U.S., it looks like two dingdongs bought a bunch of gear they didn’t know how to use and[…]

War On Christianity? (UPDATED)

Fox News has claimed (more often on-air) that the U.S. government — specifically Barack Obama — has declared “War on Christianity”. While I enjoyed Jon Stewart’s sarcastic response, I wanted to fact check the original claim — as much as a nebulous claim can be fact-checked. The op-ed I cited above lists several specific factual[…]

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[…]

Which Religion Advocates Denying Services To Gays?

I’ll keep this one relatively short; it’s just a question. Is there a religion that says its members must/should deny goods or services to homosexuals (or anyone else)? This question arises from the (now-vetoed) bill in Arizona, which would have granted the legal right for businesspersons to deny service to a gay couple if they[…]

The Number Of The Beast, Coming Soon (in 2017)

With the help of a friend — who probably doesn’t want to be cited here, for various reasons — I came across this tidbit [old link removed]: “Bible study scheduled on worldwide number system New Life Apostolic Faith Church conducts a special Bible study on Revelation 13 about how a new chip will be put[…]

The Basic Fallacy Of The Bible

Categories: Religion
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Published on: 2002.11.21

[I originally wrote this in the back cover of my copy of Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. Nov. 21, 2002.] The basic fallacy of the Bible — in its present, English form — is that it makes God necessarily responsible for all good and — at the same time — all[…]

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