Christian Movies Are Backfiring on Their Own Terms

In the past year, we’ve seen the released of two high-profile Christian movies: God’s Not Dead and Left Behind. It’s easy to make the argument that both movies fail at their core mission — to convert heathens into believers — because they’re just plain awful. Left Behind has a 2% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes while God’s Not Dead is at 17%. (By way of comparison, Gone Girl is at 87%.)

But there’s a more compelling reason the filmmakers’ missions are backfiring on them, says Edwin Lyngar at Salon:

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CJ Werleman Responds to Accusations of Plagiarism

Atheist CJ Werleman (below), whose work often appears on Salon and Alternet, has been a strong critic of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the other “New Atheists,” comparing them to medieval Christian crusaders, accusing them of Islamophobia, or just claiming they don’t get it.

That may be why the subjects of his criticism were positively giddy last night when a blog called Godless Spellchecker pointed out several instances of Werleman’s apparent plagiarism.

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A Reworking of Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil”

This is a guest post written by Race Hochdorf.

[Note: Among the many things conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey was known for was his essay "If I were the Devil," versions of which you can see here. This piece is a rebuttal to Harvey's essay.]

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Patrick Henry College President Resigns Following Pushback from School’s Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases

Back in February, Kiera Feldman wrote an incredible story in New Republic about the sexual assault problems at Patrick Henry College, a fundamentalist Christian school known for sending a disproportionate number of graduates into political fields. Feldman wrote that reports of sexual abuse were not taken seriously even after female students came forward with their stories.

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The Bible is the Most Intimidating Chain Letter in History

Jeremiah Camara is a filmmaker working on a movie called Contradiction about how

African Americans, on average, are tithing approximately $250 million a week to their churches with very little to show in the way of cultural vitality, economic progress or any signs of real community prosperity.

It’s a fascinating topic and I can’t wait to watch the final product. In the meantime, Camara just made a brief video comparing the Bible to a long, powerful chain letter. It’s a powerful analogy:

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