The deluded religious belief that any people or nation or church is a “chosen” people is the root of almost all our troubles. So is the lunacy of believing in “Truth” revealed through one special prophet to one special peoples and/or tribe, be they Jews, Muslims or American Evangelical Christians, or conservative Roman Catholics who believe in the special primacy of their popes.The earth bursts with life. Far right exclusionary religion bursts with death. If there is a creator of life He/She/It m … [Read more...]
If you believe that God created women then you have to believe that sex is just for pleasure. If that's not true then why does the anatomy of the female orgasm have nothing to do with procreation?If God made women then He, She or It made women's sexual equipment for pleasure first-- and babies second. In other words the basic Christian doctrine of sex has to be that orgasms are intrinsically good and need no justification.The clitoris is outside the vaginal canal. So if God made us, or i … [Read more...]
Is Mental Illness Caused By “Unrepentant Sin”? How Did Christians Help or Worsen Your Mental Health Problems?
Is mental illness caused by "Unrepentant Sin"? How did Christians help or worsen your mental health problems? This Christmastime share your story on my Facebook Page.My father Francis Schaeffer suffered from depression and I've also felt the dark night of the soul from time to time. How about you? Did anyone help you? In our evangelical family depression was treated as a "spiritual problem" or a "lack of faith." We didn't believe in professional mental health care. We were more likely to … [Read more...]
Jesus Was not an Evangelical nor a Conservative Roman Catholic Bishop: He Did Not “Believe in the Bible” nor in “The Church”
Jesus never could have been the pastor of an evangelical church nor a conservative Roman Catholic bishop. Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions between their "truth" and other people's failings. Jesus by contrast, set off an empathy time bomb that obliterates difference.Jesus' empathy bomb explodes every time a former evangelical puts love ahead of what the "Bible says." It goes off every time Pope Francis puts inclusion ahead of dogma. It goes off … [Read more...]
To Some Atheists and Christians Alike the Phrase “I’m an atheist who believes in God” is ‘Illogical’ and ‘Impossible’ because they are Narrow-Minded Literalists
Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of “de-conversion” as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.The real life-lessons aren't found in intellectual theories much less in theology, but in seeing life through the lens of those we love most. For instance, I actually experienced brief and perfect instants when death lost its sting.Being with my granddaughter … [Read more...]
WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from theMiddle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conferenceorganized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit atmost a footnote. ROSS DOUTHAT The Middle East’s Friendless Christians Senator Ted Cruz’s stunt at a conference on religious persecution has only increased his co-religionists’ isolation. SUNDAYREVIEW | OP-ED COLUMNIST New York Times The Middle East’s Friendless Christians … [Read more...]
The End of American Christianity Itself, the World, the Universe and the Black Imposter in the White House, Praise Jesus!
This is How Christian Delusions Are Driving the GOP Insane"The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being guided by div … [Read more...]
Is There Any Crime Israel Could Commit Against the Palestinian Refugees That American Evangelical Christians Would Object To?
"We are witnessing a dramatic transformation in the relationship between [American Evangelical] Christians and Jews, who are focusing now on the common values and the common future we both share," Prime Minister Netanyahu(Quoted March 20, 2012 in "Pastor John Hagee’s Christian Zionist Enterprise Hits One Million Member Mark" Truthout) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Christians United for Israel Christian supporters with John Hagee in Jerusalem March 2012. ( … [Read more...]