About Chris Roberts

I am Chris Roberts, previously known as Pastor Chris. Until recently, I blogged under the name Charles Henry. I served for several years in Southern Baptist churches before growing increasingly skeptical of religion in general and Christianity in particular. I became a convinced atheist, left the church, and have spent my time since then working in unrelated fields while reading anything I can get my hands on.

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To Life

Written By | February 16, 2016 | Posted in Misc | No Comments

The following is a poem I first encountered some 15 years ago, a photocopy of a newspaper clipping taped to the wall of a library. Over the years it has popped into mind from time to time but I have never been able to find it – until now, in the age of digital scanning […]

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Bernie on Race

Written By | January 7, 2016 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

Everyone is familiar with Black Lives Matter and most people are aware that Bernie is a supporter of the movement. Bernie’s history with Black Lives Matter has been rocky at times, beginning with the campaign rally disrupted by Black Lives Matter demonstrators. In the blowback following that event, Bernie met with leaders of the movement […]

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Bernie on Global Issues

Written By | October 21, 2015 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

(Image by Gage Skidmore) On War and Peace American history has too many examples of unjust war. Our conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq (as well as various surreptitious engagements) wrought great damage and loss of life without justification. In the case of Iraq, our action caused a great deal of the current instability in […]

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Bernie Versus the Others

Written By | October 19, 2015 | Posted in Politics | 4 Comments

I believe Bernie Sanders should be president. But what about the other candidates? I reject most of them outright, could live with a few of them, but think Bernie is the best of the bunch. The Republican party is a mess this election cycle. There are a couple of candidates I think I could live with, but […]

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Bernie for President

Written By | October 19, 2015 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

Bernie for President! This sentiment likely comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen my tweets and shares the last several weeks, but while I have been impressed with Bernie as a person, I had not settled on him as president. Good people do not necessarily make good presidents, but I believe Bernie is […]

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The Atheist Takes On Sin: Genesis 3

Written By | September 11, 2015 | Posted in Bible Study | No Comments

Genesis 3 is a pivotal text for much of Christian theology. The notion of a sinful fallen human nature, may not factor in much throughout the Old Testament but it is foundational to many of the beliefs developed in the New Testament. But as often happens when it comes to the Bible, what we hear […]

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Kim Davis and the Need for Blind Justice

Written By | September 8, 2015 | Posted in Religious Separation | 1 Comment

Justice is blind, or it isn’t justice. The discussion about Kim Davis has many components, but strip away the outer layers and we find justice at the heart of the matter. Kim Davis was elected to serve as clerk in her Kentucky county. A county clerk manages the legal paperwork of an area’s population, many […]

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Abortion, Propaganda, and Planned Parenthood

Written By | August 20, 2015 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

When God commands his people to kill and they obey, Christians call that an act of faith. The faith of Abraham in being willing to murder his (not really only) son Isaac. The faith of Joshua in bringing genocide against men, women, and children in the “promised land”. The faith of Elijah in murdering the […]

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The Atheist Takes On Creation: Genesis 1-2

Written By | August 18, 2015 | Posted in Bible Study | 11 Comments

“To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born…” Thus spake David Copperfield, the hero of Charles Dickens’ book of the same name. He goes on to report the day and hour of his birth, noting that this was passed on to him: “as I have been informed […]

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Through the Bible with the Atheist

Written By | August 14, 2015 | Posted in Bible Study | 1 Comment

Have you ever felt like your preacher wasn’t giving you the whole story with the Bible? Perhaps certain details which seemed important in the text were being glossed over, or perhaps what looked like potentially serious issues were addressed with unsatisfactory explanations. Maybe you are just curious what the Bible looks like through the eyes […]

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