What Christians Care About?

In a post from October, I wrote that evangelical Christianity in America today has become "a set of right-wing political talking points" and lamented:Regrettably, the Christians who understand how the aggressive drive for secular power is rotting their faith's foundations from the inside out seem to be outnumbered by those who regard it as an unmitigated good.There is news on this front that, depending on how one interprets it, may be either good or bad. Take this story, President-elect … [Read more...]

A Seriously Warped Moral Compass

"So what would you consider immoral?" I asked.It was a crisp, cold night, on the boundary between late fall and early winter, and the tang of frost and woodsmoke hung in the air. An orange gibbous moon was rising through the tangled leafless fingers of the trees into a clear, dark night sky. The air had a biting chill, but my friend and I were not out in it. We were indoors, in the recently built student coffeehouse of Practical Bible College, a warm and well-lit space paneled in rich earth … [Read more...]

Book Review: The End of Faith/Letter to a Christian Nation

The End of FaithSummary: An incendiary polemic against unjustified belief. Many strong points, strongly made - but what on earth is that endorsement of psychic powers doing in there?With the 2004 publication of his book The End of Faith, Sam Harris has probably become one of the best-known and most influential atheists in public discourse today. In this review, I will briefly summarize this book and then offer some remarks.Chapter 1, "Reason in Exile," talks about the pervasiveness of … [Read more...]

What Christians Care About

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? … [Read more...]

What's Your Secret?

I recently came across MySecret.tv, a website set up by the evangelical megachurch LifeChurch. LifeChurch is a multi-campus church with physical locations scattered across several states that are connected during synchronized worship services by live video streams. MySecret.tv is this internet-savvy ministry's latest venture: essentially, it is an online confessional, where people can log on to post admissions of sins they feel they have committed. Unlike the standard confessional, though, these … [Read more...]

A Godless Recount

Baylor University has recently released a study, titled "American Piety in the 21st Century", on American religious affiliation and church attendance. This study has been widely described as casting doubt on previous studies which have found that religious belief is declining in America. In particular, the Baylor researchers have described their study as an explicit rebuttal to the much-cited 2001 CUNY ARIS study which found that as many as 15% of Americans are non-religious. In contrast to this … [Read more...]

CAP Alert Reviews I

Ladies and gentlemen, dear readers and interested lurkers, I'd like to introduce you all to a group that holds a unique place in my memories: the ChildCare Action Project, or CAP for short.I mentioned in a previous post, A Personal Journey to Atheism, that one of the last things I did before confirming myself as an atheist and humanist was to seek out an evangelical Christian group and invite them to present their best case to me. Well, now you know the other half of the story: CAP was that … [Read more...]

Onward Christian Soldiers

The Bible has always presented a schizophrenic view of the Christian god's attributes. On one hand, he is styled the "Prince of Peace" who exhorts his followers to resist not evil, to turn the other cheek, to love one's enemies, and to put up the sword lest one perish by it. On the other hand, he is repeatedly called the "Lord of Hosts" - or to use modern terminology, the "Lord of Armies" - who commands his followers to slaughter their enemies unmercifully, who is jealous and vengeful and whose … [Read more...]

New on Ebon Musings: The Pilgrim’s Progress

A new essay has been posted on Ebon Musings, a review of the famous Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. The review follows the book's format in chronicling the journey of the main character, "Christian", from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, commenting on the trials and tribulations he experiences along the way, and concludes by summing up what the allegory teaches us about the nature of Christianity itself.This is an open thread. Comments and feedback are welcome. … [Read more...]


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