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Monthly Archive: July 2008

Jul 31 2008

Atheist Dreams

Do any of you ever have atheist dreams? I don’t mean atheist dreams, as in, “dreams and hopes for a better, more atheist- friendly world.” I mean atheist dreams, as in, “I dreamed that Christopher Hitchens was trying to sell me life insurance,” or, “I dreamed that the ghost of Thomas Aquinas appeared at my …

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Jul 30 2008

The Last Taboo

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. You’ve almost certainly heard this phrase before. If you’ve been paying attention to sex in society and popular culture, anyway. You may have read it in a political debate; a conversation about porn; even a movie review. “(X) is the last taboo.” Now here’s the weird …

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Jul 28 2008

Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings

Who is marriage for now? And what is it, anyway? I want to tell a story. Two stories, I guess, about two weddings, that show how radically the answer to that question has changed in just the past few years. The first time Ingrid and I got married at City Hall, the whole thing had …

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Jul 28 2008

Dream diary, 7/28/08: The Shadow Government

I dreamed that there was a secret organization — a corporate organization, but also connected with the government somehow — that was controlling people through subliminal signals created by shadows falling on their bodies while they slept. In the dream, I “woke up” to see some shadows in the corner of the room: the shadows …

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Jul 27 2008

The “Pick Two” Game, Or, Do Believers Really Believe What They Say They Believe?

Do y’all want to play a game? It’s a game with a semi- serious point, about theology and whether people’s religious practices line up with what they claim to believe. But for now, let’s just start with the game. The game: Design your own Christian theology. And here are the rules. A couple of days …

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Jul 25 2008

The Eroticism of Exercise: The Blowfish Blog

Please note: This post, and the post that it links to, contain information about my personal sex life. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff are advised that they probably don’t want to read this post. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. And no, it’s not …

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Jul 24 2008

All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Good: Pick Two, or, How Christian Theology Shoots Itself In the Foot

There’s a pattern I’ve noticed in atheist/ theist debates in the blogosphere. And the pattern in this: Christian theology — specifically, the belief that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good — is making these debates a whole lot easier for atheists. The religious apologetics consistently founder on one of these rocks: God’s supposed complete knowledge, …

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Jul 21 2008

Good Stuff, or, Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival #1

I’m going to do something a little new today. I often run across great blog posts that I want my readers to know about. I often get inspired to write posts of my own about them, praising the writer and exploring my take on their ideas. I often then get distracted (or just don’t have …

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Jul 21 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Humanist Symposium #22 (always my favorite blog carnival) at Faith in Honest Doubt. This one has a nifty theme of questions and questioning. Carnival of the Liberals #69 at Stump Lane (where they somehow managed to avoid stupid jokes about the carnival’s number — good for them!). Skeptic’s Circle #91 at Sorting Out …

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Jul 21 2008

Why I Don’t Believe in the Soul

I spend a lot of my time in this blog arguing why I don’t believe in God. Today I want to do something a little different. I want to talk, not about why I don’t believe in God or gods, not about why some particular religion’s belief in God is mistaken or contradictory… but about …

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