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The one thing that would make me a believer again

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The Friendly Atheist blog notes that the world of film is being treated to yet another take on the Christian rapture. (Didn’t the Left Behind media empire beat that horse to death?)

Anyway, watching the horrible trailer for what will undoubtedly be a horrible movie made something occur to me for the first time. According to the dominant doctrine among evangelicals, the rapture is supposed to usher in a seven-year period of hell on earth — the likes of which have never been seen — known as the Great Tribulation. If the trailer is any indication, this latest movie sticks to the script, depicting the post-Christian world as being full of non-believers behaving badly. There is rampant violence and all manner of debauchery because, of course, all the good people are gone.  Read the rest of this entry

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Defining a political stance

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For a while now I have been calling myself a liberal and/or progressive. But it just occurred to me that I don’t think that is the best way to describe my political stance. I’m not sure what the best way is, or of there is a best way.

More than anything, I see myself as a rationalist. As much as anyone can be rational, that is. This is especially true in the realm of economics, where clear evidence linking policy to outcomes is rare. That’s where I tend to fall back on ideology and let my liberal tendencies take over. Read the rest of this entry

My own ten commandments (more or less)

This started out as a list of ten general principles for me to live by. I wound up adding a few more. What’s so great about the number ten anyway? Read the rest of this entry

I don’t miss God — so what?

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It’s been well over two years since I made any attempt at prayer or tried to “experience” God. And I don’t miss him one bit. I don’t feel any loss in my life. No hollow feeling inside. No sense of loss or loneliness. No fear and loathing. What does this mean?

I believe it can only mean one of three things. Either

  • there is a God, but I never knew him;
  • there is a God and I knew him, but now I don’t; or
  • there is no God since I feel no different with or without him in my life.

If there is a God and I never knew him, then I don’t know what it takes to know him. At the age of 12, at a revival meeting, overwhelmed by emotion at a powerful altar call, I came forward, prayed with the evangelist, and accepted Jesus into my heart. For the next few years, I prayed regularly, read my Bible, and attended church and youth activities faithfully. I felt different. I was certain I felt God’s presence in my life. Later, I left the spiritual life behind for the most part but never stopped believing in God and continued to pray on occasion. I continued to feel that God was always “there.”

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