Author Archives: sheila0405

About sheila0405

Moved out of theism into atheism on January 1, 2016.

ATHEISM: HOW

The civil rights movement for gay equality heated up quite a bit when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA. I was a Catholic at that point.  I was thrilled with the ruling.  I had a dear friend, a colleague, who was … Continue reading

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The Art of Starting Over

Originally posted on Holly Baer:
In the last six months, my entire life fell apart. I broke up with my fiancé of seven years, cancelled a wedding, found out I didn’t get into a single grad school, and fully understood…

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FAMILY SCAFFOLDING FINALE

Bill Gothard entered our family after Scott was born.  (Google him if you have never heard of him).  Gothard’s teachings became a core part of what our fundamentalist pastor preached.  My parents became absolutely convinced that Gothard was a man … Continue reading

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The Bible is not Magically Inerrant: Exposing Inerrancy Proof-Texts

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
Inerrancy is perhaps the most obvious example of what the Bible is NOT, and I have written about it many times. But today I approach it from a different angle by examining common inerrancy…

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FAMILY SCAFFOLDING II

I haven’t finished my family history, and I haven’t been personally blogging because I didn’t finish my family history.  So much happened in the middle of putting my history into words on this blog.  It was difficult to continue it … Continue reading

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How Important are ‘Correct Beliefs’ to God?

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
Many believers think people who claim to be Christian but stray too far from ‘correct beliefs’ are not Christian at all. And the corollary is that they are going to hell—just for not getting…

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Anti-gay Christians: leave Orlando alone

Originally posted on Signs you are a Sheltered Evangelical:
I am heartbroken over the 49 lives lost in the worst mass-shooting hate crime in our country’s history.  I am sickened by the dismissive words of the murderer’s father.  I am…

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Can the Bible be read objectively?

Originally posted on Signs you are a Sheltered Evangelical:
I’m posting this to facilitate a conversation that I began on the wonderful blog, Darcy’s Heart Stirrings.  There, a commenter going by the name Josh made the following statement (emphasis mine):…

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Procedural Realism: Refuting the Moral Argument For God

Originally posted on Naturalist Philosophy:
Proponents of the Moral Argument share a view known as substantive realism, which is the view that states that “there are correct procedures for answering moral questions because there are moral truths or facts, which exist independently of…

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The Binding of Isaac as Cautionary Tale

Originally posted on R.L. Stollar //// Overturning Tables:
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,…

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