Tag: Absence of God

God, Brains, and Science Mike (The Absence of God, Part 3)

Have you ever heard of an atheist who regularly taught Sunday school at a Southern Baptist church and led his daughter to Christ?

Well, now you have.  Mike McHargue, better known as Science Mike, was a Christian fundamentalist who secretly became an atheist in young adulthood, only to become a progressive Christian two years later.  Somehow, Mike’s entire story, told in his new book Finding God in the Waves (also available in audiobook format), is even more bizarre than its highlights.

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Dark Night of the Soul (The Absence of God, Part 2)


Over the past two weeks, I read Dark Night of the Soul, written by St. John of the Cross, a 16th Century mystic.  The following post is an imaginary conversation between me (in regular type) and my creative interpretation of John (in bold). To avoid misrepresenting the real-life Saint, I have named my imaginary version of him  “Saint Ron of the Cross”.
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The Absence of God (Part 1)

As far as I can remember, I first felt the presence of God was when I was in the sixth grade.  My church, like many others in the early 2000’s, had just added an additional worship service to its Sunday morning schedule.  In this service, churchgoers wore polos and jeans rather than suits and formal dresses.  The choir and choir director were replaced by a five piece rock band fronted by a charismatic college student who often closed his eyes and raised his hands as he sang.  Instead of intricate, wordy hymns, we sang simple “praise songs” to God as if to a close friend or romantic partner.

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