Now That We’re Here – Happy New Year!

- Running Man Nebula
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“…And when we die, we will die with our arms unbound. This is why, this is why we fight.” – This is Why We fight, The Decemberists

Sometime in October a few years ago, I found myself walking behind Burman, one of the men’s dorms on the campus of my university. I can’t remember the impetus for that particular walk, but in the years since, I’ve come to quite enjoy walking, even for no reason at all. Usually, while walking, I can find out some truth about the world and our place in it, or like Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes puts it:

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently.

I can remember considering the moonlight creeping through the trees and over the blankets of snow, illuminating a hill that I’d seen used many times for ill-fated tobogganing on cafeteria trays. I realized that night that I was an atheist. I didn’t believe in God.

No way to define atheism really fits well for me. It would be weird to call it a choice. Choice implies something that you willingly and actively do, like scour the internet for pictures of Mila Kunis or raid the fridge for the turkey sandwich you know your roommate is going to miss. In many important ways, I don’t decide to be an atheist.

I don’t believe for the same reason that any person who doesn’t believe something doesn’t believe it. I haven’t yet been given sufficient evidence to allay my doubts. – Tim Minchin

Suffice it to say, as pleased as I am about his transparency, I don’t necessarily dig the phrasing of pastor Ryan Bell’s attempt to “try” atheism. You don’t try to believe or disbelieve things – they just make sense to you or they don’t.

But in other equally important ways, I do choose to be an atheist, so it’s weird to call it just something that happens to you. I think the freedom from dogma that would cause me to denigrate others, or justify the acts of a clearly unjust God, or be someone’s hype-man just because he turned water to wine enriches my life. It’s lovely to think that I’m actually responsible for my actions, good and bad, that the bad things I do are completely my responsibility, and that I don’t do good because my god tells me to, but because good is good.

These aren’t reasons for ditching your faith, but they are side effects that might come along with it. And I’m pretty down with the side effects.

And because this is my last post of the year, I wanted to tell you that this your formal invitation to spend some time with me. Starting next Wednesday, I will be starting up a new blog called Now That We’re Here (but it’s still going to be located here). The title represents my personal belief that we have very few moments to spare in this life, and that it’s amazing that we’re here rather than not. And now that we’re here, we might as well love others, apologize when we’re wrong, and make great things. I hope that with this blog, we can get to all three along the way.

I’ll take this opportunity to apologize to anyone that I may have lied to in the process of this change. Rethinking your entire worldview takes some work, and accepting new and improved versions of yourself may not be easy, but lying is not the way to have authentic relationships. My degrees of avoidance of this topic were varied, and so I apologize for all the shades by which I may have lied to you.

In this blog, we will traverse the galaxies of atheism, humanism, and religion, from talking about endless refutations and arguments and counter-arguments of the Christian God Yahweh (I don’t know enough to just dismiss Zeus, man), to recent news in atheism, to bits of the Bible that don’t make sense (spoiler alert: the whole thing) and anything else that is of interest to me. I hope to provide you with awesome content that you enjoy, and that I enjoy making.

So I’ll end by saying that I’m so thankful to each and every one of my readers because you guys make writing even more fun than it already is. 2014’s been one hell of a ride, and it’s (probably) only the beginning.

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6 thoughts on “Now That We’re Here – Happy New Year!”

  1. I appreciate your honesty. But you like of the side effects shows at least a personal knowledge of yourself. I am much the same way with my belief, I don’t mind what other people seem to say is so bad.

    Again, I admire a person wise enough not to disemble a fake apology.

    Although, one favor, please don’t spell out YHWH beyond the initials and just Christian God works too. For some of us and all Jews that is as bad as drawing Muhammad is for Muslims, difference is we just ask nicely and stay friends. But have to at least ask.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I didn’t know that tidbit about what the Jews believe about the spelling out of the name. Unfortunately, I don’t really believe in things that are sacred or taboo or outside of the realm of free information or question, so I respectfully deny your request. I do hope we can still stay friends, though. 🙂

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      1. One has to at least ask politely. Nobody really knows how it is said anyways.
        I didn’t mean to come across as denying the validity of even the most prying inquiry, I meant it more as a cordal thing.

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  2. Now you’re just making up things to get offended about. Yahweh is the English transliteration of the Hebrew tetragrammaton “JHVH.” While speaking the name aloud was considered offensive (and thus the vowel markings for Adonai were generally written underneath to remind people to say that out loud instead), it was never offensive to write it down. In written English we use vowels, in Hebrew they don’t (and in ancient Hebrew they didn’t even use vowel markings). It’s silly to say that adding in the vowels when using it in an English context is offensive. Can you show me a source that validates your claim that Jews believe the vowels should not be written out?

    http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/YHVH/yhvh.html
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hebrew_Roots/Neglected_Commandments/Honouring_His_Name/History

    Relevant meme: http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/yo-dawg-i-heard-you-hate-people-drawing-your-prophet.jpg

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