The Evolving Atheist: Finding Dawkins

The Pagan boy stood in the greenhouse awaiting his bride. The justice of the peace was behind him. His brother was beside him. His daughters each wore white dresses with blue lace and carried small bouquets of blue flowers. Some family and friends were seated in the rows of wooden chairs. It was a sunny Friday afternoon and this was …

The Evolving Atheist: Imperfectly Perfect

He listened to his wife scream the words “Fuck you!” into the phone. His mother was on the other end. His mother had come over earlier asking to take her granddaughter for a walk to the local mall. She had taken the stroller and toddler and off they went. This had all happened before the Pagan boy had arrived home …

The Evolving Atheist: Good Times and Delusions

In April of 1994, the Pagan boy got off a plane and walked back into Pearson International Airport in Toronto. He felt defeated. He had attempted to make a go of it on his own and was returning to the home nest at 24. He was given a small room in his parents’ apartment. He was given access to their …

The Evolving Atheist: Retracing Youth

It was August of 1991 and the good Catholic boy was flying back to Calgary with one of his school friends. There was a townhouse waiting for them that the boy’s parents had purchase in Calgary’s northeast neighborhood of Dalhousie. One of the boy’s cousins, a realtor, had brokered the deal and was waiting on the other end to take …

The Evolving Atheist: The Toronto Effect

The car was a white boat. A New Yorker that drove like a tank and got almost no mileage. The car was in cruise control and approaching the outskirts of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada in the drizzled rain. It was September 30, 1986 and the good Catholic boy was at the wheel. First, Thunder Bay’s “claim to fame” is that …

The Evolving Atheist: Mountain Escapes

The good Catholic boy turned 13 in Creston, British Columbia, Canada. Actually, he lived in a ‘suburb’ of Creston called Wyndel. On a map, the town of Creston is roughly a six hour drive southwest of Calgary. Follow the highway south to Fort McLeod, and then west through the Crowsnest Pass, Fernie and Cranbrook. Creston sits just north of the …

The Evolving Atheist: The Good Catholic Boy

In the beginning, there was a young Catholic boy living in the southeast end of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. . Being he was born during the first week of October in 1970, we know what his parents were doing to celebrate the end of the 1960s. A younger brother would show up in 1972 proving that those parents did that at …