If you don’t already know, Kristen and Bethany are two Christian YouTubers and bloggers who go by the title of Girl Defined. Their channel and blog are like the ultimate girly Christian blog, in comparison to some of the others I listed in my post Religion vs. Women (which is somehow my most liked post ever!). I’ve always been aware of them, and I have always been so very entertained by many atheist YouTubers’ reaction videos to some of Girl Defined’s more ridiculous (or as they say, radical) ideas. As it can be somewhat difficult to respond to videos through a written blog post, I turned my attention today to their blog and a few posts that specifically caught my eye. First, though, I want to give some background on who these girls are and, frankly, judge their life choices, not because it’s my place to do so, but because I feel like it and I want to.
Last week, I wrote on a talk that I attended at school about the bible and homosexuality. It turns out that that was the first of many talks that I’d be sitting through. This week was a “focus week” of sorts in which my college would have one or two talks per day, and this year’s theme was loving your neighbor. Of course, they were Christian-themed presentations, but some of the ones I went to were surprisingly good. Although they used the bible as a basis instead of common sense and human empathy, they focused on loving and being respectful to your neighbor, which are universal themes that everyone should practice despite their religion or lack thereof. In addition to the talks, I also read an article for a class on “interfaith dialogue”. I was immediately reminded of many of the interfaith—or mostly faith-nonfaith—conversations that occur right here on my blog, in my comments sections and in my email. The different ideas proposed by the speakers and by the author inspired me to compile a list of the best bits of wisdom I gained this week, as well as my own advice. Enjoy!Read more
If I’m being honest, there are times when I see my Christian friends striving to be pure and not do things they find sinful like having sex or drinking or swearing, (or even skipping church) and I feel almost as if I played some kind of cheat card that allows me to be free from following the rules. Then I remind myself that these rules make no sense and are completely made up and breaking them actually causes no harm as long as you’re responsible. So while it may be true that atheists have fewer rules to follow, it’s also the logical and realistic position.Read more