Miracles, Prophecies, and Science–Oh My!

Was Jesus real? Can we trust the Bible? Is it always true? On a web forum, one woman defended the reality of Jesus and the divine inspiration of the Biblical text. Below, I've included her points and my responses. I would love to flesh-out these points more in later posts.

[Said in response to a non-theist's point that you can believe a religious leader was a good person with worthwhile points and not have faith in him or believe he was a prophet] Joseph Smith was a false prophet as is any other person in history whose prophecies have failed
But even Jesus didn't even fulfill all the prophesies (supposedly) about him. He apparently has to come back a second time to finish them all. (more…)


On the Way Here: “I Feel Demoted”

journal250x188What is it like to move away from the religion you've spent your life enjoying, loving, and following? As this blog begins to form,  I hope to illustrate my own experiences for you, my haven't-had-enough-time-yet-to-be-loyal reader. I hope these disjointed memories show how even today I'm still forming my thoughts, beliefs, and character apart from religion. Slide back in time with me as I re-visit a private journal entry from my journey into non-belief:

July 22, 2008

For the first time in my life, someone asked me a question that began, "As a non-Christian, do you..." This may not sound odd to you, but since my Christianity has been a vital and overwhelming influence on my entire life, development, identity, and choices, having someone essentially confirm what I've been wondering is a bit unnerving. I don't want to say I've deconverted. I really ache to avoid it. What if this is a "phase"? I wouldn't want to say I was one thing and then pull an "Oops, just kidding!" Most of all, I don't want to tell the people who still think "that's GG, she's a Christian" that I'm not so sure any more. (more…)