“An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth – for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our brother’s keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons, that the job is here and the time is now.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair

The Pledge of Allegiance: A Critique

In 2017, a then-seventeen-year-old student, Mari Leigh Oliver, filed suit against her high school after she was repeatedly penalized for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Her teacher wrote her up, and when she reported it to the principal, it was defended. At another point, the teacher took away her phone due to her “lack of respect” for the pledge. (It probably won’t come as a surprise that this teacher also regularly read Bible passages in this public school.) American Atheists took on her case, and they recently won a large settlement.

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Refuting God: The Big Four

Frank Turek in a debate with Christopher Hitchens used three arguments to support the existence of God: Cosmological, Teleological, and Moral. It is worth noting that he does not include the Ontological argument, which William Lane Craig still infamously uses. Perhaps Turek understands that the argument is fatally flawed. I will address all four.

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Determine Your Purpose

Rick Warren, a fundamentalist pastor, wrote a book some time ago entitled The Purpose Driven Life. In the book he argues that one’s purpose must be… God’s purpose. Through 40 devotionals, one a day, he seeks to help worshipers achieve the purpose that God wants them to have. As you might have guessed, the process involves Bible reading, prayer, and Calvinistic theology.

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Doubting Thomas

by T. E. Smith

John 20:24-29 records the story of one of the apostles, named Thomas. This short story has likely made him the second-most infamous of all the apostles (after Judas). In this tale, Thomas is not with the apostles when Jesus appears to them, and so he does not believe their resurrection account. In his words, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe” (v. 25). Jesus appears to him eight days later and shows him the evidence, upon which Thomas confesses faith in Jesus as God.

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