Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau

The church is always higher than everything else in the town. That’s not arbitrary. … It’s the highest thing so that you can see it from wherever you are. There’s one thing so that we can look in that direction, everybody in the town is reminded of what brings them together.

Here’s another transcript. Got most of it pieced together minus a few little bits.  Great lecture by Jonathan Pageau.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau”

Church is a community that allows people to feel like they belong to a group that is also striving toward a common transcendental goal that matters.

–Ben Shapiro

Here’s my food for thought today: “It’s not just about being a member of a community, it’s about being a member of a community that is striving toward a common goal that is both transcendental and it matters.”

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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”

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”

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?”

My Voyage to Atheism

A story about family, friends, indoctrination, mentorship, pursuit of truth, humanism & atheism.

I grew up in the Churches of Christ. Here’s the story on how I grew up in Christ and then lost my faith in God. Compelling or not, it is what it is. It’s a long story, as voyages often are.

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Abroad in Ireland (Part 1) — Weekend in Dublin

Pilgrimage to the Brian Boru harp.

Arcadia, the organization that set up my study abroad program, also sponsored a couple of trips for us so that we could see the country as well as meet other students that were also studying abroad. One of the trips was down to Dublin and the area nearby. They paid and planned for almost everything. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. Continue reading “Abroad in Ireland (Part 1) — Weekend in Dublin”