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This Week in Atheism 2018–09–23


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/23

“Atheism isn’t as big of a deal to me, anymore.

I’ve made peace, somewhat, with the idea that there is no God. When that happens, atheism isn’t so much presence. It feels more like absence.

When I first left Christianity, I was a new atheist who was trying to carve out something to fill the void. But the thing I found is that the world did not wait for me to fill that place that was once filled with Christianity. The world didn’t change because I found out God didn’t exist; God had never existed in the first place. Everything kept moving, as it always had. I just knew that God wasn’t real.”


Dear Sugars,

I’ve been an atheist for many years. My loving and spiritual wife accepts me for who I am. Her family doesn’t know that I’m a nonbeliever, however, and we are both concerned that they’d be dismayed if they found out. In a few weeks we’ll be attending her family reunion for the second time. The reunion includes a number of longstanding traditions, the most important of which is attending church two or three times a day. The services are very participatory and involve singing and reciting Bible verses. Because almost everyone attends, they’re an important place to socialize with relatives during the weeklong reunion.”


“British actor Thandie Newton has come under fire for declaring she’s an atheist and calling God “her” at the 2018 Emmy Awards Monday night.

“I don’t believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight,” Newton said in her acceptance speech after winning Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Maeve in HBO’s “Westworld.”

“I am so blessed. I am so blessed,” she added before dropping an F-bomb.”


“Once popular Christian alternative rock musician Michael Gungor of the musical collective Gungor fully embraced atheism for a year, according to his wife, Lisa.

The rocker’s wife also revealed in the July-August issue of Relevant Magazine that she’s not sure how she would define her faith either after briefly declaring herself an atheist during her spiritual evolution.

In her recently published book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen, Lisa — who founded Bloom Church with her husband in Denver, Colorado, in 2006 — discusses the evolution of their faith as a couple and how their questions about God and the Bible forced them out of the fundamental Christian space.”



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