Monthly Archives: August 2012

An Apology

I keep up on all the embarrassing things happening in the Christian world these days.  I see how entire organizations exist to frustrate the attempts of women to live their lives normally, to deny civil rights to various minority groups, … Continue reading

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On Usage

I have found it difficult to decide how to capitalize “god” in this blog.  Always using a lowercase “g” can seem disrespectful at times and, at other times, it seems to stick out in a way that calls too much … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry and My Atheist Revelation

Wendell Berry values the good life.  He values it enough to stop and ask, “What is it, this good life?  And in what ways can I strive for it?”  His answers are simple, but uncommon. In farming: nurturing the life-giving … Continue reading

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Fall in the Finger Lakes is Bittersweet

Here in the Finger Lakes it is clear that fall has arrived.  Summer hasn’t quite moved on yet, the sunshine is still hot and the zucchini and tomatoes producing wildly.  But it’s dropping into the low fifties at night and … Continue reading

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Heads…Heads…Heads….

I had the strange and pleasant experience of watching Tom Stoppard’s 1990 film of his own play, Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  It’s a bizarre play, dreamlike and teetering on the edge of absurdist.  The characters of Rosencranz (Gary Oldman, who … Continue reading

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A Guilty Pleasure

I have a guilty pleasure I’d like to talk about.  I like watching the reality TV shows where experts waltz into somebody’s horrifically filthy, packed to the ceiling with crap, full of trash house and throw it all away.  I … Continue reading

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American Food Writing

I just finished a gem of a book, American Food Writing, edited by Molly O’Neill.  Its red and blue gingham cover looks just like a picnic cloth or an old-school Betty Crocker cookbook.  But inside isn’t strange 1960’s style recipes for … Continue reading

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Tough Love

It has been about 5 years since I experienced a significant crisis of faith.  This crisis ultimately became the source of my atheism.  How I got there is a complicated story, one I’ll get to a little later.  I want … Continue reading

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A Withered Seed’s Perspective

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It … Continue reading

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Why Contraception Coverage isn’t a Religious Liberty Issue

I listen to a lot of Catholic radio now that we moved to the Finger Lakes.  We don’t get any TV and sometimes I’m doing housework that doesn’t allow me to drag the computer around with me to watch something … Continue reading

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