Garage Logic, the Podcast

“Sifting through the nuts and bolts of life.”

I listen to a lot of podcasts, but there’s one radio show that I listen to every day. It’s a local Minnesota show, and I find myself agreeing with the common sense approach of the host. He sometimes says something interesting that I want to remember and I’ll update this article with some of the show’s takeaways. Keep in mind I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but I enjoy hearing his perspective.

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Why I Won’t “Come Out” as an Atheist

I’m a listener first, a thinker second, and a speaker last.

I am lucky to live in the northern states of the USA. Up here, we don’t really care that deeply about religion. We have churches, we celebrate Christmas, and we have a lot of believers, but religion is fairly subdued. I can go all week (months, years?) without someone asking me if I’m saved, or inviting me to church. My culture is not dripping with religion, and I do not feel the need to speak out against assumptions that may or may not are being made about me. Continue reading “Why I Won’t “Come Out” as an Atheist”

Are you going to dedicate your son?

I’m going to dedicate my son to free thinking and reason. I’m dedicating my son to good citizenship.

My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to dedicate my son. “Dedication” is a ceremony that many churches are doing these days for new arrivals. Families bring their babies to church and publicly declare their intention to raise their child as a Christian in front of the congregation. Since some of my family members don’t know that I’m atheist, I gave her an awkward look and just said Continue reading “Are you going to dedicate your son?”

Never Ask “Why”

—Chris Voss

Limit discourse to “how” and “what” and sometimes “why” questions. I’d say probably rarely “why”, because anytime I ask you “why”, it’s an accusation. People never ask anybody “why?” unless they think you’re wrong. “Why do you want that?” or “Why did you do what you did?” Change your “why” to “what”. “What made you want that?” or “What caused you to do what you did?” Why is always an accusation, and unless you very carefully calculate for it, you don’t want the defensiveness it’s going to create. Continue reading “Never Ask “Why””