the new Missionaries & Santa

The other evening as I was preparing dinner, three young women knocked on our door. They introduced themselves as the "new missionaries" in town and wanted to "share a message" with us. I politely declined, wished them a good evening and closed the door. They looked mildly surprised, but took my rejection well. Kid2, who … Continue reading the new Missionaries & Santa

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Mommy, what is church?

We were driving somewhere and Kid1 spoke up from the backseat: "Mommy, what is church?" While I've done a lot of reading (see relevant book list below) on how to talk to the children about religious issues, I still felt caught off guard by the question. They like to ask these questions in the car when … Continue reading Mommy, what is church?

Return of the Mormons Part 1: Saint Kat of the Sparkling Water

Long time readers know I have a long and complicated history of relationships with Mormon Missionaries. They are one of the reasons I stopped calling myself "sort of Christian" and embraced Secular Humanism, they were one of the early influences of this blog, and in some ways, their optimistic faith reminds me a little of me … Continue reading Return of the Mormons Part 1: Saint Kat of the Sparkling Water

Equality at Prin, Vague Repression for All!

This is a follow up on https://kindism.org/2014/11/18/new-policies-on-homosexuality-at-principia-college/  If anyone would like to share an extended piece about their thoughts about, or experiences with Principia's policies (beyond a brief comment), please be in touch! I welcome guest posts! The TL;DR version Gays can now openly attend Principia, and the Administration has shifted their focus to combat … Continue reading Equality at Prin, Vague Repression for All!

Some thoughts on “Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist” by Rev. Evans

Some highlights from and thoughts on "Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist" By Rev. William Evans, D. D. Director Bible Course, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Full text available from Archive.org, full link below. I appreciate that Rev. Evans opens with the well-acknowledged (at least in former-CS circles) fact that The Christian Scientist … Continue reading Some thoughts on “Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist” by Rev. Evans

Zombies, Children & Religion: gruesome and very frightening affairs

We recently received the following e-mail from Kid1's teacher: IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am suggesting that you avoid downtown this Saturday. The now annual Zombie Walk Contest and Race is happening throughout most of the day and into the night. It is a gruesome and very frightening affair for young children. I do not want these … Continue reading Zombies, Children & Religion: gruesome and very frightening affairs