Personal Essays

I never thought ‘New Atheism’ would become a tool of the Christian Right

After leaving religion, I learned that some atheists were more interested in opposing Islam than standing for pluralism

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Unveiled as trans: My journey out of the closet and evangelicalism

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My faith denied that I existed, even as others were willing to accompany me on my journey


To protect abortion rights, we need to start talking about miscarriage

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Women who have miscarried know first-hand that a pre-term fetus is not a baby, we must use our voices and our standing as mothers to protect abortion access


‘We Are Lady Parts’ portrays Muslim women as they are, not as others see them

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Finally a television program that shows the struggle Muslim women face between bigoted Western right-wingers and intracultural misogyny


Beyond belief: The day I almost sold my soul to God

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As a child brought up in Mormonism, I was taught to constantly worry about whether I’d survive the Second Coming of Jesus


Some of us did not die: How I began learning to talk to grief

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Learning to confront loss is a critical part of our humanity, one that modern society often discourages


The myth of American exceptionalism is just as much a myth about ourselves

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I used to have both my father and America on a pedestal. My faith in both has been severely shaken, but I still have hope that it’s not too late for one of them.


I’m childfree by choice, it shouldn’t be taboo to say that

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Not having children with my ex-husband was the biggest relief of my life


‘Leaving to sin’ is more about evangelicals’ obsessions than the desires of those who leave

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People who leave high-demand religions do so for many reasons, it’s very telling that their critics think it’s all about sex


Russell Moore had a crisis of faith, but it didn’t help him understand ex-evangelicals

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Evangelical leaders have finally started speaking about people who leave the fold, but it’s clear that they don’t understand what they’re talking about


A obviously false story about Big Ben taught me a lot about how fake news happens

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Relentless bombardment by stories on social media makes our attention an increasingly scarce resource and increases the chance that any given story we encounter is fake.


Can non-believers find value in religion?

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We live in a world in which science has undermined many traditional faith truth claims. But what if the true power of religion is mythology?


Conspiracism and conservatism

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Disinformation and conspiracy theories have always been around, what’s different now is that American conservatism has rebuilt itself on disbelieving reality.


 

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