About & FAQ

The information on this site is a collection of my personal thoughts and opinions. If you disagree with something, I'm open to hearing your point of view as long as it's expressed in a civilized, rational manner. I have previously changed my opinion on some things so my ideas are not set in stone.

Contacting Me

Friendly banter is always welcome, no matter what your beliefs. If you'd like to ask a question, provide feedback, or offer constructive criticism, please go right ahead.  Hateful or hostile emails will be ignored and your email address will be blacklisted.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who are you?

No one special.  I don't have any fancy college degrees, I haven't read volumes of esoteric philosophical literature, and I'm not an arrogant atheist snob who thinks all religious people are dumb. I'm a heterosexual white male and I live in the United States. Basically,
I'm just a regular everyday normal atheist.

How did you become an atheist?

The question is misleading because it suggests that I became an atheist, which is untrue.  Everyone is born an atheist.  When we are born, we do not believe in Jesus, God, miracles, Heaven, Hell, angels, the Bible, or anything else because we are born completely ignorant of everything; we have no beliefs at all.  As we grow up, the supernatural beliefs I just mentioned are introduced to us by someone, most likely our parents. I was fortunate to have parents who did not indoctrinate me with religion. My parents never went to church so of course I was never forced to go either. Instead, they stressed education in math, science, English literature, art, and music. I was never told what to believe.  Religion and atheism were rarely discussed at home. That was left entirely up to me.

When I was a teenager, I was in a stage of philosophical loitering. I didn't believe in God but this was mostly because of ignorance. Out of curiosity, I spent hours in my school's library reading about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and even a few fringe religions like Wicca and Satanism.  They all seemed absurd, irrational, and profoundly immoral to me (especially the first three). Then I picked up a copy of George H. Smith's "Atheism: The Case Against God" and it made perfect sense immediately. I was amazed by what I read because I had reached many of the same conclusions independently. It was almost as if the author were reading my mind, except his thoughts were far more refined and exacting.

I've always been an atheist.  First I was an atheist because of ignorance, but after I researched the world's top religions and read Mr. Smith's book, I became an atheist for rational reasons.

How did the cosmos come to be? How did life begin?

I don't know, but that doesn't mean I should accept supernatural explanations by those who claim to know.

Suppose you come home one day and see a large hole in the middle of your kitchen floor. You don't know how this hole got there so for the moment it's a bit of a mystery.  Will you accept the explanation that aliens teleported from a far-away galaxy into your kitchen and burned the hole with their eye-lasers? No? Why not? Just have faith that this explanation is correct and the mystery is solved! You're so closed-minded and stubborn! Why won't you accept the explanation? Why are you so obstinate and negative? Fine then, be ignorant! See... I know how the hole got there because I have faith in the alien's eye-lasers, but you.... you'd rather wallow in your ignorance and not know!

In case there is any confusion, the above paragraph is my sarcastic nod to Christians who typically say to atheists: "You atheists are so closed-minded and stubborn!  Why won't you accept the truth of the Bible?  Why won't you accept Jesus?  Just have faith that the Bible is the world of God and then there's no mystery about how everything came to be.  But no... you'd rather wallow in your atheistic ignorance and not accept the truth of the Bible.  Fine then, be ignorant!"