It will never be mindless again.

“This would be a lot easier if your car had an RPM gauge.” Austin said. He proceeded with my lesson on how to drive a manual anyway. He said I’d have to just feel for the engine’s power. “Be one with the engine. Got it.” I said. When Austin’s dad, who said I could call [...]

Benevolent and All-Powerful: A logical incompatibility?

In my last post, I talked about Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “Living with a Wild God.” The part of the book that most bothered me was this logic: “If there was one thing I understood about God, it was that he was not good, and if he was good, he was too powerless to deserve our [...]

Book Review: Living with a Wild God

I just finished reading Living with a Wild God: A nonbeliever’s search for the truth about everything by Barbara Ehrenreich. It was published in April of this year, and Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of a book I haven’t read, Nickel and Dimed. The book centers on this question: what are atheists supposed to do [...]

Does Sacrifice Imply a Net Loss?

Yesterday I had a discussion about the logic of Jesus. Like I do. One of my friends, who is an atheist, texted me to question my use of the word “sacrifice.” For context, I’d posted this online: “When love is demonstrated in sacrifice, it cannot ever again be synonymous with control, guilt, and expectations.” “Proposal: you [...]

Birthday Post 3: Feeling 22

I’d been up for an hour this morning before I realized it was my birthday. I think that’s a first for me. I’m usually excited about a new age. I’m only writing a post today to continue the routine. There’s so much going on, and so much I can’t talk about publicly yet. Some of [...]

Helping People with Open Hands

Several weeks ago, two friends came to my house for church. They were seeking life advice and spiritual mentoring, and what better than a tea party in the basement of an unofficial woman pastor? I made cucumber sandwiches and cream cheese rolls, and we had Peet’s mango tea, and talked about science and career decisions [...]

Thoughts on Being an Adult with Imaginary Friends

I wasn’t the type of kid who liked dolls or toys. I wanted everything to be as real as possible. Play-food annoyed me, because it looked tempting, but I couldn’t eat it. I spent time in the real kitchen at an early age because I wanted to experience what I was making. If I read [...]

Why Christians Need to Stop Wearing Crosses, Part 2

“No hero in your tragedy No daring in your escape No salutes for your surrender Nothing noble in your fate Christ, what have you done?” -Rush, The Pass My first real Internet arguments took place on homeschooldebate.com, and I most enjoyed the time when some atheists found the forum, and questioned my religion. They were [...]

Why Christians Need to Stop Wearing Crosses, Part 1

“Why do we still carry a device of torture around our necks? Oh, how rotten your pre-apocalypse is All you bible-black fools living over nightmare ground.” –Nightwish, Song of Myself One of my friends was obsessed with revisiting the death of Jesus. She watched films and plays depicting his torture and death over and over, and [...]

Stealing Puzzle Pieces from Ourselves

“I never needed a reason for keeping secrets from myself” –Josh Ramsay I disagree with most people about Christopher Nolan. I don’t respect him as a film director. He doesn’t set scenes with the stunning simplicity of, say, James Cameron. He stuns with complexity, breaking the basic rule of both humor and drama. Understatement and [...]