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This blog covers my thoughts and struggles as an ex-Christian. After going through a serious faith.. struggle about five years ago, I don't consider myself a Christian anymore. This blog covers my.. daily thoughts on this paradigm shift.

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  • Connecting the dots
    on Aug 29, 2012
    Many years ago, a group of friends and I came across one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. It was early morning in a school yard, and we stood in awe before a tree that was completely covered and surrounded by long fingers of ice that...
  • What Christmas means to me
    on Dec 25, 2011
    Get ready to role your eyeballs, as I have a confession to make.  I love Christmas.  I love the lights and the decorations, the endless replaying of Christmas carols in shopping centers, the nativity scenes, the Christmas trees, the m...
  • Quote
    on Oct 6, 2011 in Quotes
    "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just f...
  • Mourning the death of an idea (part 2)
    on Sep 15, 2011 in Ex-Christian
    Hebrews 10:24-2: The loss of a cohesive community The ideas advanced by the brand of Christianity I grew up with may have been very bad, but the Christians I knew were really good people. Although I no longer accept the claims made by Christianity,...
  • Mourning the death of an idea (part 1)
    on Sep 15, 2011 in Ex-Christian
    A feeling of loss. That is all that remained from my walk away from faith. In the early years my struggle was dominated by anger, frustration, doubt and fear. But as the crumbling theist worldview that I grew up with completed its slide into the sea...
  • Mourning the death of an idea (part 1)
    on Sep 10, 2011 in Ex-Christian
  • Mourning the death of an idea
    on Jun 20, 2011
    A feeling of loss.That is all that remained from my walk away from faith. In the early years my struggle was dominated by anger, frustration, doubt and fear. But as the crumbling theist worldview that I grew up with completed its slide into the sea o...
  • Crying wolf . . . again
    on May 21, 2011
    The rapture will take place today. That’s according to Harold Camping, a preacher from Oakland, California. His followers, from Family Radio Worldwide, have preached that the end times will take place this year, and they have spent huge amounts of...
  • Why is there something rather than nothing?
    on Apr 23, 2011 in Apologetics
    This question, related to the existence of the universe, is one that, as an atheist, I've been asked on more than one occasion. I have two responses. The first is: why not? And the second is: why God?Why not?There is a subtle, and almost hidden, prem...
  • Spare the rod, teach the child
    on Feb 6, 2011 in Morality
    Dale McGowan, editor and co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief, raised an interesting point in this Reasonable Doubts podcast when asked about the difficulties of teaching moral thinking to children in a non-religious household (time stamp: 54:00). Mc...
  • Some thoughts on doubt and questioning my current beliefs
    on Nov 27, 2010
    A Christian reader of my blog recently wrote to me in response to my Moving beyond ex-Christianity post. I wrote a lengthy response, but I thought I would include below two issues that I touched on in my email, as I thought they adequately captured e...
  • US atheists know religion
    on Sep 27, 2010
    I've heard the claim before that atheists and agnostics generally have more knowledge about a specific religion than the religion's actual followers, but this is the first time I've come across a formal study that suggests that this is the case.
  • Moving beyond ex-Christianity
    on Aug 29, 2010
    A Christian friend of mine asked me recently how my faith struggle was going. The question took me a little off guard because it's been a while since I've thought of myself as being in some sort of struggle. As I thought of an answer, I realised that...
  • What about the four?
    on Jun 20, 2010 in Rethinking Christian Beliefs
    In September last year a South African Airlink Jetstream 41 crashed just after take-off from Durban International Airport. The aircraft had the capacity to carry about 30 passengers, but this was a maintenance flight and all the seats were empty; the...
  • Some changes
    on Jun 19, 2010 in Miscellaneous
    Hi everyoneI've finally decided to freshen things up by changing and (hopefully) improving my blog's look and feel. I hope you like the new design :-)I also want to let you know that I've turned on comment moderation. For the last couple of weeks a s...
  • Raising children in a atheist/Christian marriage?
    on May 31, 2010
    As most of you know, I am an atheist who is married to a Christian; Cori and I have been together for almost five and a half years, and it's been great.When people learn about our cross-faith marriage, they often ask us how we plan to present our bel...
  • Imposing our morality on God
    on May 15, 2010 in Morality
    A recent study at the University of Chicago suggests that people tend to use their own personal beliefs as a guide when thinking about what God might believe. Researchers asked a range of volunteers about their opinions on highly controversial issues...
  • Apple butter on a biscuit
    on Apr 25, 2010
    Have you ever come across an article, book, or video that resonates with you so deeply that it brings you close to tears, simply because it somehow manages to describe exactly how you feel or what you believe?I've struggled so hard to describe on thi...
  • Was Hitler an atheist?
    on Apr 11, 2010
    I've heard a few Christians claim that Hitler was an atheist. I think this claim is made (see an example here, a comment on a previous post of mine) in an attempt to discredit atheism by associating it with something like the Holocaust. The truth is,...
  • Post rapture pet care service?
    on Apr 8, 2010 in Miscellaneous
    Are you a Christian? If so, have you ever given any thought to the welfare of your pets who will be left behind if the rapture occurs tomorrow?My friend Cobus mentioned the following site to me during the weekend. It's called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets...
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