The Devout Rationalist

It's About Responsibility

As a species, we're never going to achieve our full potential if we can't take responsibility for our own actions, and rely on others to do the same. How many times have you heard it, the call of the helpless rationalizer? read more>>>

The Belief Landscape

Amazingly, it seems like every day, people are becoming less informed, rather than more, about the issues surrounding their beliefs (or lack thereof). Just today, in a half a dozen messages I saw on forums, mailing lists, etc, people were erroneously defining 'deist', 'theist', 'atheist', 'agnostic', and 'gnostic'. read more>>>

Jehovah's Witnesses: The Asperger's Congregation?

Historically, I've always enjoyed visits from the Jehovah's Witnesses. I am always entertained by the discomfort they seem to suffer through each time I answer one of their questions. What baffles me about the JW's is how they can be so successful with such a complete lack of social aptitude. read more>>>

Burning Qur'ans and Free Speech

So I'm going to retread a topic that's being done to death right now, the tiny christian church in Florida that was, until today, planning to hold a book burning on 9/11, that book, of course, being the holy text of another religion, the Qur'an. read more>>>

"Atheists in Foxholes"

Our local freethinkers' email list had a flurry of activity today after this local newspaper article started with the sentence, "Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, the ranks of the underdog state Senate Republicans are suddenly filled with the religion of reform." Needless to say, some of the local godless ty read more>>>

Turnabout is Fair Play

This site isn't specifically about atheism, and it's certainly not a place to bash religion in general, but the fact is that rational, secular folks in American society are treated very much as second-class citizens, if they are outed to their supernaturalist fellows. read more>>>

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About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist ( is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.