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I'm an atheist because... (part 1)

I deconverted from Christianity almost 17 years ago (!!!), but I spent quite a few years as what you might call a "theistic agnostic": I believed there was some kind of higher power, certainly not the obviously anthropomorphic and culturally crafted deity of the mostly-fictitious Bible, but something. Something that explained how and why anything exists at all, something that grounds moral judgments, and something that explains mind-boggling complexity like that of evolution or cosmology.

Over the years I read many things that caused me to scrutinize those beliefs and, in time, I considered myself an atheist. That was around 2008, shortly after beginning my first blog The Apostasy, which later became the original iteration of The A-Unicornist (now conveniently archived here). My reasons for being an atheist are complicated and difficult to concisely summarize, but that's exactly what I'm going to try to do here.
Managed expectations

When I look out on the world, what …

Life and stuff

I haven't been able to blog lately, and aside from occasionally dropping in a brief comment here or there I haven't had much time for much internetting at all! We (my wife and I) are just two weeks away from the grand opening of our gymStyrka, and lemme tell you, a small business is a butt-ton of work. It's exhausting. We were originally going to open on the 15th of this month, but a variety of delays have made that unfeasible. But hey, in the grand scheme of things, I suppose a two week delay is a pretty minor bump in the road.

On the upside, the buzz about the gym is great. I've got several personal trainers who want to move their entire client base to Styrka, and everyone who's seen it has been pretty enthusiastic. My buddy Michael, who was at one time almost my business partner, posted a video about the gym on his YouTube channel and even in its messy and unfinished state elicited some pretty enthusiastic praise in the comments section. I'm still slightly t…