Monthly Archive: July 2009

Jul 20 2009

Blessed If You Do, Blessed If You Don’t

Why is it that when good or lucky things happen, they get used as proof that God exists… but when bad or unlucky things happen, they get pawned off as “mysterious ways”? I’ve been thinking a lot about a certain kind of argument for the existence of God. It’s not the “Something has to have …

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Jul 17 2009

A Skeptic’s View of Sexual Transcendence

Please note: This piece includes a few passing references to my personal sex life. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff may want to skip this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. For some reason, the sex- positive community is also, very often, a spiritual community. …

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Jul 15 2009

Letting Go of God: Atheist Film Festival, Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part review of the Atheist Film Festival. In Part 1, I reviewed the movie Deliver Us From Evil. I am so thrilled to have been at the first ever Atheist Film Festival, I can’t even tell you. I can’t wait for next year’s. If I had to choose one book about …

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Jul 14 2009

Strange Religious Signs in the Midwest

When I went on this trip, I’d been planning to do a Midwestern follow-up to my Strange Religious Imagery in my Neighborhood piece. But alas, Midwesterners don’t go much for floridly weird religious imagery. (At least, not in the part of the Midwest where we were.) They do, however, go for some interesting religious language. …

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Jul 13 2009

I’m Back!

I’m back from my vacation. I decided, for some freakish reason, to make this an actual vacation and not a semi- vacation; so I mostly stayed away from computers and electronic media, and instead took long walks and watched fireflies. Hence the no blogging. Had a good time, but am very glad to be back. …

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Jul 02 2009

Blog Break

We’re going out of town for a week and a half to visit my family, and I may or may not have regular computer access. (My laptop crashed yesterday, and I don’t know if I can get it fixed before we leave.) I’ll be checking in periodically with whatever computer I can get my hands …

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Jul 01 2009

Deliver Us From Evil: Atheist Film Festival, Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part review of the Atheist Film Festival. Which was a thumping success as far as I could tell. I’m sorry we were only able to see two movies; I hope they can keep doing it. It’s not like I didn’t know this stuff. I knew it. But somehow, this movie made …

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