Was Jesus “Christlike?” — The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam

"The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam." So says Brad Jersak. We first met because we were both interviewed for the movie "Hellbound?" Then we became friends. Now Brad has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book. Q: Tell my readers a bit about your back … [Read more...]

Why Do Right Wing Christian Families Think They “Own” Their Children?

"In the Iron Age mindset of the Bible writers, children are not individual persons who have their own thoughts, with corresponding rights. Rather, like livestock and slaves, they are possessions of the male head of household, and the biblical framework governing treatment of children is property laws, not individual rights laws."The term chattelrefers to moveable personal property, economic assets that are not real estate. In the Bible, children, like slaves and livestock, are chattel. Male … [Read more...]

What Prayer Means to Me

 "My grandchildren delight in entering into a grownup spiritual world as equals. Perhaps this is one of the gifts non-religious people have a problem experiencing. They might not meet their children as humble partners in service of something bigger than themselves."  Here is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.My grandchildren Lucy (five) and Jack (three) know that I pray every morning on my wa … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Ninety-eight Percent of Heaven’s Occupants are Embryos!

(Sleeping Putto, by Léon Bazille Perrault courtesy Wikipedia)"Ninety-eight percent of Heaven’s occupants are embryos," writes  Valerie Tarico on AlterNet in her darkly amusing and enlightening essay "10 Reasons Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell." She continues: Human reproduction is designed as a big funnel. Most fertilized eggs die before implanting, followed by embryos and fetuses that self-abort, followed by babies and then little kids. A serious but startling statistical analysis b … [Read more...]

The Evangelical FAIL on Mental Health: 100+ of my FB Friends Tell Their Shockingly Poignant Stories

Pastors, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, psychologists, counselors-- everyone: ignore these unedited shockingly poignant stories of the failure of Christians to address mental health issues at your peril. On December 23, I posted this question on my FB page. Please read the revealing responses that follow. Then "like" my FB page and join us in our many ongoing robust discussions you will only find on my page...Is Mental Illness Caused By "Unrepentant Sin"? How Did … [Read more...]

If Christianity Isn’t the Celebration of a Murder/Suicide Pact Between God the Father and God the Son, Then What is It? 

 It's Christmas. Time to ask, what the hell Christianity is about, if anything? If Christianity isn't the celebration of a murder/suicide pact between God the Father and God the Son, then what is it?The Crucifixion seems to be something like the story of Abraham and Isaac when God tested Abram by asking him to kill his son.  Then God said STOP!If evangelicals like Billy Graham are to be believed, when it came to his own son God said, "Kill him!"Does that make sense on a … [Read more...]

When Neighbors Asked About her Husband, Curious About the 52-year-old Man’s Disappearance, Kaling Wald Would tell Them he was “In God’s hands now.”

"Peter Wald’s family truly believed he would rise from the dead. They believed it because they had prayed for it, every single day, while his corpse lay rotting for six months in an upstairs bedroom of their north-end Hamilton home."Fundamentalists say they really believe and the rest of us don't. But the dirty little secret of fundamentalism is that they say one thing but do another. I mean, why is Franklin Graham still raising money to pay himself close to a million a year, if he really be … [Read more...]

How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?

Here's a letter from one of my readers that asks: "Because you have your finger on the pulse of this movement of alienated former Christians to a more specific degree than any public figure I am currently aware of- I encourage you to ponder how you might be able to be a leader in helping former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action..."So please read the letter, then go to my Facebook page and jump into this thread with your answer to the "How to" … [Read more...]


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