Coming Out Atheist, pg 245
Jul 3, 2017 · 10 

“Another piece of good news: You are part of the most secular generation in history. There are almost certainly lots of other atheist students at your school, even if you don’t know it yet. You know how I keep telling people throughout this book that if they come out as atheists, there’s a good chance …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 60
Jun 6, 2017 · 58 

“And, by the way, when Jesus announced that we should cut off body parts, he was telling others to harm themselves. There were entire monastic orders that castrated themselves because Jesus said in Matthew 19:12 that “he that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” Every year in the United States we read …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 245
May 22, 2017 · 1 

“Another piece of good news: You are part of the most secular generation in history. There are almost certainly lots of other atheist students at your school, even if you don’t know it yet. You know how I keep telling people throughout this book that if they come out as atheists, there’s a good chance …

Necessity of Secularism, pgs 15-16
Apr 25, 2017 · 2 

“The rise and fall of religious beliefs is difficult to predict with assurance. It’s doubtful whether many Romans in the early second century would have predicted the rise of Christianity, whether many Europeans in the early sixteenth century would have predicted the Reformation and the subsequent rejection of Catholicism by much of the continent, whether …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 66
Apr 11, 2017 · 46 

“Daniel Dennett, in Freedom Evolves, writes that it makes no difference whether our moral impulses are evolved or learned. “[T]he theory that explains morality … should be neutral with regard to whether our moral attitudes, habits, preferences, and proclivities are a product of genes or cultures.” I think this is true because culture itself is …

Caught in the Pulpit pg 139
Mar 28, 2017 · 9 

“One of the forces maintaining the ironclad literalism of some conservative denominations is the fact that any relaxation of it within the denomination can have the opposite effect from the one intended. Instead of making it easier for doubters in the flock to accommodate to the creed, it can ignite the fuse of doubt and …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 217
Mar 14, 2017 · 7 

“This Christian culture in the U.S. military – with its anti-atheist hostility – has practical effects as well, very often in the form of non-believers being given extra work or more onerous work, and Christians being given extra time off or other special privileges. Marine Sergeant Adam Dunigan (date of service: April 1, 2008 – …

Necessity of Secularism, pg 104
Mar 6, 2017 · 5 

“And what is this point of view we share in common with others? It’s what many ethicists refer to as a common morality. The common morality is composed of those core moral norms that have been accepted across cultures. For humans to live together in peace and prosper, we need to follow norms such as …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 56
Feb 27, 2017 · 9 

“When you come out as an atheist, you’ll probably be in for a round of Atheism 101 – Myths and Facts. Maybe more than one round. Even the most supportive believers often have misunderstandings about us. And the more people you come out to, the more mythbusting you’ll have ahead of you. So do some …

Life Driven Purpose, pgs 82-83
Feb 20, 2017 · 21 

“The United States of America was no birthed in prayer, as the religious right repeatedly claims, It was birthed in protest. We kicked the king, dictator, master, sovereign, and Lord out of our affairs, turning government upside down, making “We, the people” the supreme authority. Our Declaration of Independence, which does not govern our country …

Caught in the Pulpit, pg 91
Feb 15, 2017 · 5 

“Students who enter seminary, like any students who have committed time and tuition payments to specialized, masters level education, are strongly motivated to complete their studies and succeed in their chosen fields. Like all serious scholars, seminary students have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to apply it properly. Most graduate students hope for …

The Necessity of Secularism, pgs 63-64
Feb 7, 2017 · 4 

“The use of theological experts by Congress or other governmental bodies is not made any more acceptable if representatives of various faiths are invited (current standard lists of invitees: Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim) to avoid the appearance that the government is favoring one religion. This attempt at even-handedness just underscores the futility and pointlessness of …