Reading Time: 5 minutes Mike Clawson (Christian contributor) here. Some of you may have noticed a week or so ago when the New York Times ran a front page article on the numerous LGBTQ student groups popping up on conservative Christian college campuses all over the country. The article especially focused on the institution where I am currently studying, […]
What do Churches Contribute to the Community?
Reading Time: < 1 minute (BTW, this post is by Mike Clawson, the very-infrequent-but-still-here Christian contributor.) I know the answer many atheists would likely give to the question in the title of this post is “nothing”. However, that may not always necessarily be the case. At least, not according to studies done by U. Penn researcher Ram Cnaan (who describes […]
What should I ask an Atheist?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Hey friends, Mike Clawson here (the delinquent Christian sometimes contributor). I’m posting again because I need your advice. These past two months I have been leading a discussion series at my church (a very artistic, progressive, Austin-y kind of church that actually has a number of atheists and agnostics in attendance and even a few […]
Christian Responses to "Militant" Atheists
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hey all, Mike Clawson, the (woefully delinquent) Christian contributor here. (But I have a good excuse, honest. My doctoral program is seriously kicking my ass. 🙂 ) Anyhow, I stumbled upon this satirical blog post by Kim Fabricius over at the Faith and Theology blog, entitled “Twelve point guide for ripostes to militant atheists,” and […]
Is Liberal Religion Really Part of the Problem?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Hi Friendly Atheist friends! Mike Clawson here. I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted (that’s the problem with graduate school – it doesn’t leave you much time to write anything not class related), but I recently came across an interesting article on AlterNet.org that I wanted to share with y’all. Titled “Should I Quit […]
Thanks for your help!
Reading Time: < 1 minute About a month ago I posted here asking for y’all’s help on a research paper I was doing on atheists’ experiences as outsiders here in America. It was for a seminary class on “outsider” religious groups in America, and my hope for the paper was to persuade my professor to include a segment on atheists […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Hey friends, Mike Clawson here. I’m sure most of you know by now about the massive and devastating earthquake that struck the impoverished nation of Haiti yesterday evening. I was at the gym yesterday and saw it on CNN minutes after it happened, and my stomach just dropped. Some of you may remember that I […]
The Unattended Children’s Cookbook
Reading Time: < 1 minute Seen yesterday at the Texas Renaissance Faire: It was sitting on top of this:
Questions for Atheists: Church, State and Social Justice
Reading Time: 4 minutes Mike Clawson here… So some of you know that I am currently back in graduate school working towards a PhD in Religious History. This affords me lots of opportunity to read fascinating books and contemplate interesting ideas, unfortunately it doesn’t often afford me much time to actually write about any of them, either here or […]
Science or Sexism?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Mike Clawson here… I just wanted to call your attention to an interesting set of articles I recently encountered. This one by Lauren Sandler cites a few scientific studies (including one highlighted by Richard Dawkins, and another conducted by Michael Shermer) to suggest that women are more religious than men because they are evolutionarily, biologically, […]