In Defense of Skepticism

One of the biggest downfalls of institutions, particularly religious institutions, is their demand for ideological homogeneity.  This mentality goes far beyond a unity of purpose and extends to the point where any disagreement, even a nuanced difference of opinion, is not tolerated.

Do You Believe in Faith?

Faith may be one of the most misunderstood and abused concepts in western Christianity.  In general, Christians have reduced faith to a prescribed, academic understanding of theology. We have to believe something or we would become paralyzed.  We all have gaps in our knowledge, and we fill in those gaps with beliefs so we can function in this world. So what is faith, and how much trust should we put in our faith?

Above Criticism?

Let’s talk about criticism.  For starters, let’s understand what criticism really is.  To criticize something or to critique it, implies that you are examining an argument or a writing or a performance of some sort, and trying to determine its accuracy or its worthiness.  While there are nuanced connotative differences between the words criticize and … Continue reading Above Criticism?

Good Enough for Me

Never having been one to shy away from overstating the obvious, I can authoritatively state that I’m pretty critical of religion.  For the last two and one half years, this blog has been primarily dedicated to dismantling the lies and the walls of religion, and encouraging people to seek God outside the guilt, coercion, dogma, … Continue reading Good Enough for Me

The Intersection of Faith and Reason

As a seeker of truth, I require evidence that something is true before I will believe it.  Many Christians who feel compelled to make the rest of the world believe exactly as they do—typically the ones who have no evidence to substantiate their beliefs—bristle at this and accuse me of trusting my intellect over God’s revelation.

Coercing Belief

When someone says they are taking a belief on faith, realize that their “faith” has to come from somewhere.  If it doesn’t come from evidence, it is coming from a feeling, from some other human “authority” figure, or from peer pressure. I will freely admit that I don’t have all the answers.  I may be a skeptic, but I’m willing to be convinced.  I just need to see evidence before I’ll accept something as true.  I refuse to assent to an assertion as being true just because someone else believes it. 

And All God’s People Said?

When our religion is characterized by a one-way flow of ideas and psychological manipulation designed to produce unquestioning compliance, then it’s time to start asking what the manipulators are hiding, and it’s time to start looking for a better way.