Can We Trust Our Senses?

Let me tell you a story.

I was twenty years old, and a junior in college. I was in one of Grove City’s required classes called Civilization and the Speculative Mind, a class about worldviews, philosophy, and Christian theology. I wrote my term paper for this class on why naturalism does not inevitably lead to nihilism. It was a response to the claims made by James W. Sire in the class textbook The Universe Next Door. He had made three “bridges” between naturalism and nihilism which I had set out to debunk. They were: Continue reading “Can We Trust Our Senses?”

6 Things Every (Atheist) Blogger Should Know

Last month, my blog turned two and a half years old! That means that today, I’ve been blogging for 136 weeks and this is my 136th post. Over the years, people have asked me for my greatest advice for blog writing, whether that is how to grow a following and get noticed or how to go about writing for an atheist blog when you’re still in the atheist closet. Today, I want to share with you some of my answers to some commonly asked blogging questions.

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My 10 Favorite Blog Posts

Last week, I hit the milestone of my 100th post here on The Closet Atheist blog! I would have celebrated last week with this reminiscent post, but I had already written a post, and then written a whole new one instead, and then when it was all done on Saturday night at 12:30 a.m., I realized that it had been my hundredth one! So now, I am celebrating my 101st post by going through and sharing what have been my favorite posts to write and look back at throughout my almost two years here on WordPress. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Blog Posts”

15 of Our Favorite Atheist Videos

All this family drama is really bringing me down lately, so I don’t want to dwell on it. Instead, this week, I want to focus on something positive: atheist YouTube videos! I’ve always been a huge fan of YouTubers, so naturally, when I was looking into atheism, I turned to YouTube. First I watched Hemant Mehta, then Jaclyn Glenn, and now I follow a handful of godless content creators. Please enjoy this list of my fiancé’s and my favorite atheist YouTube videos (in no particular order). Continue reading “15 of Our Favorite Atheist Videos”

A Hypocritical Christian

Usually, when people find out that I’m an atheist, they don’t let the difference get in the way of a good relationship. Meeting someone who believes differently than you is an amazing opportunity to learn about a culture outside of your own and find common ground in a place where you might not expect it. It’s uncommon for me to try to make a connection with someone with different beliefs only to be completely cut off, but it does happen. Let me give you the breakdown of a time when this happened to me.

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The Freedom of Autonomy

Most of the time, when I hear the word “autonomy”, it’s being referred to as a negative thing. Almost everyone I know has a pretty steadfast “Jesus take the wheel” mindset. They let go of their worries, send up some prayers, and let God take care of the rest. It’s not their problem anymore, nor should it be. If something doesn’t work out, they simply say that it wasn’t in God’s plan for them and that when he closes one door, he opens another.

The idea of autonomy gives many Christians the impression that if they don’t give control to God, then they are playing god in their own lives. They have taken over the god-role and are assuming that they have that omnipotent amount of control and the freedom to do whatever they want. And putting yourself in God’s place is a way of idolizing yourself and your power, which of course goes against God’s very own ten commandments.

This, however, is not how I see autonomy. Continue reading “The Freedom of Autonomy”