The Temple of Consciousness

The temple that you are building is a vessel for your consciousness, tend to this vessel with care, because it is sacred.

I’ve been thinking about temples and churches a lot lately.

There’s a few verses in Paul’s letters that mention the concept of a person or a community of people being a temple or a church. Christ is referred to as “the head” and the church is is “body”. Elsewhere, Paul tells us that our bodies are temples, and that god lives within it.

So, how on earth would this be relevant to an atheist? Continue reading “The Temple of Consciousness”

Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide

Find out if what you’re doing is cultural misappropriation in 7 questions or less.

A group I am a part of recently had a social justice warrior cry “cultural misappropriation!!!” on a dearly-held tradition of theirs. Unsure of what to do, this group stopped doing the “offensive act” altogether. Years of their tradition immediately ceased because one person felt some minor offense. Continue reading “Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide”

Paul’s Epic Rant to the Church of Corinth

“Thank God I didn’t baptize any of you motherfuckers.” –Paul

This is a continuing series of my quest to read the entire bible.

I skip around on which books I’m reading based on relevant conversations I’m having with people online and in-person. Today I’m writing about First Corinthians, because an online acquaintance of mine is going through a crisis with his family. He recently came out (or was possibly outed) as atheist. Continue reading “Paul’s Epic Rant to the Church of Corinth”

The Perks of Atheism

Religion is full of guilt, shame, brokenness, and darkness. These people have left all of that behind.

A discussion group put together a list of their favorite things about being an atheist. I really liked some of their answers, and wanted to share. Responses range from funny and inappropriate to thoughtful and poignant. Continue reading “The Perks of Atheism”

True Falsehoods

When I named this blog I didn’t realize that I was actually using a philosophical concept that began with Plato. I just liked paradoxes in general and thought I was being clever. So when I googled the name of my blog, I discovered that I’d inadvertently stumbled upon something: Plato’s Lie in the Soul. And it’s amazing. Continue reading “True Falsehoods”

Observations on Humanity

Being human today is probably no different than being human 4,000 years ago.

Here’s a few general observations I’ve made about humanity: our personality, social traits, and philosophies, both pessimistic and optimistic. When you boil it down, a human being today is probably no different than a human being 4,000 years ago. Please keep in mind that I realize these are blanket generalizations that do not apply to every individual human being.  Continue reading “Observations on Humanity”

Where does my morality come from?

Somewhat recently I’ve decided I’m an atheist. A friend asks me, “What have you decided will be your moral compass?”

Somewhat recently I’ve decided I’m an atheist. A friend asks me, “What have you decided will be your moral compass?”

She thinks morality can only be handed down from a higher power.

I think that morality comes from valuing human life and wishing it to flourish. With that in mind, here are my simple guidelines. Continue reading “Where does my morality come from?”

Considering Mortality

Coping with the realization that there is no afterlife.

Perhaps my greatest regret in losing my belief in god, is also having to let go of the concept of an afterlife in paradise. It’s a nice idea to be rewarded with  a perfect vacation for your soul after you’ve worked hard at life. Yeah… it’d be nice to have one forever party in the sky… sigh. Continue reading “Considering Mortality”

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”