Millennials and the Church (Rachel Held Evans, Hemant Mehta, and Admiral Ackbar)

Rachel Held Evans and Hemant Mehta appeared on CNN talking about why millennials are leaving the church: I find the notion that a comparison of the subscribers to the atheism and Christianity subreddits tells us much. But the actual discussion is interesting. On a related note, Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter offered the best Star [Read More...]

Rebuttals to Ray Comfort

Hemant Mehta recently shared this video response to Ray Comfort’s deceitful movie about evolution. It makes some excellent points, including highlighting the irony of Comfort saying “Just look at this banana! Proof of God!” and yet complaining, when scientists have so much evidence for evolution they can point to, “Sorry, that’s not good enough!” Mehta [Read More...]

Paranoid Christians Providing Entertainment

Many of you have probably seen the round-up of “The 35 Best Times Someone on Facebook Thought The Onion Was Real.” I am saddened by how many of them involve gullibility on the part of Christians. Here are some examples: There is an entire web site, “Literally Unbelievable,” dedicated to The Onion being taken seriously on Facebook. Once [Read More...]

Changing Churches

Patheos is hosting a conversation about passing on the faith, and I encourage you to click through and read other participants in the conversation. My Sunday school class has been working through Hebrews, but as we encountered mention of people ceasing to meet together, our discussions have turned towards discussion of millennials, church attendance, communication [Read More...]

I Find Your Faith Disturbing

Jeremy Smith came across a sticker that took a phrase from Star Wars in what was intended to be an atheistic direction: In Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Vader says “I find your lack of faith disturbing” to a skeptic of the Force. Jeremy Smith finds a more positive interpretation of the phrase: religious faith should [Read More...]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More...]

Stuck in the Middle

Via Unfundamentalist Christians on Facebook. If you don’t get the musical allusion, then you presumably need to listen to this: [Read more...]

Progressive Christian Truth

Kimberly Knight wrote the following words in the conclusion to her post, “A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar”: We as progressives tend to bend over backward to affirm all paths as equal. But to be raw and honest, I believe there is a capital T truth and I do not believe it [Read More...]

Imagine No Religion

From The Far Left Side. HT Hemant Mehta. I think this cartoon makes two important points. One is that human beings are perfectly capable of fighting over things other than religion, and so blaming human conflict on religion is probably a mistake. The other is that those of us who want to see less violence [Read More...]

Who’s Who in Hell

I was assisting one of the librarians at Butler University with evaluating the reference books in religion, when I came across this volume: There’s actually a book Who’s Who in Hell? One that covers not only the deceased but also people who are still alive? I quickly opened it to look up under McGrath – [Read More...]

Ten Commandments Monument Supplement

Hemant Mehta has shared some photos from the unveiling of an atheist monument in front of a Florida courthouse. It was set up in response to the failure of the court to remove a ten commandments monument from that site. What I think is most interesting is that, in addition to quotes from a famous [Read More...]