Off-topic thoughts about Fifty Shades of Grey

CONTENT WARNING: I am about to discuss Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not only a bad movie but also has a lot of sex. This is not typical content for The Atheist Experience blog, but hey, I have a soapbox, so why not. If you do not like hearing about sex or bad movies, please don’t read it. Thanks!

Ok, so… my wife Lynnea and I had a date last night, and we agreed that we were both curious enough about Fifty Shades of Grey that it was worth seeing. Ideally we would have wanted to see it with the comforting support of Rifftrax or Master Pancake, because we were not planning to like it. But it’s too new, so we thought we’d see the movie on its own terms. We’d both read plenty of material leading us to expect a thoroughly bad movie.

And it was bad, make no mistake. But the thing is, I was prepared for much worse, and with the benefit of low expectations, I was able to enjoy some of it. Some of the discussion that follows emerged from our animated conversation immediately after the movie, so a lot of this material is as much hers as mine.

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Apologists: only dudes can have good reasons to be an atheist

A few weeks ago, Hemant Mehta hosted a guest post on his blog: “The Atheist Daughter of a Notable Christian Apologist Shares Her Story.” The post was by Rachael Slick, daughter of radio host and CARM founder Matt Slick. Viewers of our show may remember that both Matt Dillahunty and I, in two weeks running, spoke directly to Matt Slick about his pet topic, the Transcendental Argument. (Episode 592; episode 593).

I found Rachael’s story very moving, myself. As a lifelong atheist with a supportive family, I have never had to actually fight very hard for my atheism except in circumstances of my choice. Stories of deconversion are interesting to me as they recount an experience I’ve never had, and it must have been doubly challenging to shed a faith that is hammered home by a strict religious upbringing. This is an excerpt from her post.

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