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Just so you know: your Christianity is far less “peaceful” than you think.

August 11, 2011

I consider myself to be a realistic person, overall. While I may speak in hyperbole in my everyday life (“This is the best thing of all time! Do you hear me?! Of all time!” “Okay, I already looked for that, like, twelve billion times.”) I try to think and speak “professionally” as accurately as possible. I am well aware that outliers do not define a trend. I obviously don’t think that all Christians are violent, immoral, etc. However: I do…

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The Power of Listening: A Maybetheist Interview

February 2, 2011
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What in the world could I possibly say about my friend Lauren besides the fact that she is pretty much one of the most amazing persons in the entire world (and I’m not just saying that because she reads my blog, but just in case she’s reading this right now [she will] – Hello, there!) Lauren has been a believer, a not-too-much-of-a-believer, a missionary, and a youth minister, and she’s only twenty-two years old. She has also stayed my friend…

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Yes, We Did

January 28, 2011

I just wanted to share this anecdote and picture with you guys. I was at Borders with my good friend, when we spotted a pad that had been written upon. Somebody had (quite artistically) drawn “I ♥ Sex” all over the page. In the corner of the page, we also saw that somebody had written “Jesus Christ is Lord! =)” My friend knew just what to do. “Jesus ♥ Sex, 2!” And this is why I love my friend.…

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Family Religion

As the year ends

December 31, 2010
Patrick Henry College Residential Village

2010 was a lot of things for me. I moved three times. I was hospitalized once. I started two new jobs. Throughout the year, I did have my boyfriend to help me out and keep me centered, which I am extremely grateful for. 2010 is also the year that I can remember for the year in which I lost my faith. Which is why it’s funny that, at the end of the year, I find myself finishing up a book…

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Family Religion

Surviving the holidays, non-affiliated

December 28, 2010
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So now, on the other side of it all, I can officially say- I’ve survived the holiday season for the first time as an unaffiliated person. And it really wasn’t that hard. I think that a lot of people have a vision of atheists as being anti-Christmas, or anti-religious-holidays in general. I can’t speak for the majority of atheists, but as for myself I have no problem with the holidays. If they are something that can bring families together or…

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Unsupportive Support Group

December 14, 2010
A photo of a group conducting psychotherapy.

I swear that I do not hate Christians. However, I do have a strong distaste for people who are rude (and if they happen to be a Christian, then I have to write about it on here, I mean, I have to). A few weeks ago I was hospitalized for being and feeling suicidal. I stayed in treatment from Tuesday until Saturday night at 12:30 p.m. (when my told was officially up). While in treatment I met a lot of…

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That Ol’ “W” Word

December 9, 2010
Photo taken at the 41st Emmy Awards 9/17/89

Anybody who is friends with me on Facebook already knows this, but it definitely bears repeating: Yesterday, I was listening to a sermon given by Kirk Cameron at the church that I grew up going to, Immanuel Baptist Church. The sermon itself was making me laugh, as it seemed as though half of the sermon was centered around himself. (He actually make the audience sing the Growing Pains theme song, and then went on to base his sermon around his…

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Apologetics, Why Won’t You Apologize To Me

November 28, 2010
Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected J...

Just one day after my last post about friends proselytizing to me, I get another e-mail from a friend asking me to listen to an apologetics podcast. I will say it once so I never have to say it again: apologetics is the desperate act of Christians trying to make sense of their faith, which will never make sense. I am rather upset about this. Here, take a hilarious video:…

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Why friends are good, and also difficult

November 12, 2010
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I’ve had a lot of mixed reactions from friends since starting this blog and ~spiritual journey~. Some Christian friends have been extremely supportive of me, and even said that by questioning God I’m showing more reverence for him than the people who blindly believe. And then again. Not that many of my friends have been abrasive to me. Only my parents have shown their discontent at my new life change, at least up until a few days ago. Now, I…

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Harry Potter: My Personal Rebellion Inspiration

October 21, 2010

As a young girl, I hardly ever rebelled against my parents’ wishes. When I did rebel (such as when I saw, or rather heard, my first Rated R movie at the age of 11) I felt extremely guilty about it. In fact, when I went to family therapy for one session around the age of 12, I cried over simply having cussed at all. I was clearly a delicate child. The one rebellion that I never felt guilt over? Definitely…

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