Making Your Faith Impossible to Disprove

A few days ago I reshared an article entitled “Why I Broke Up with Jesus” which always inspires a predictable set of rationalizations from people defending their tradition using the same time-tested tools I learned to use when I was a Christian. I’m always glad they do it, too, because it brings into such stark relief [Read More…]

Men Who Stare at Facts

Not long ago I had dinner with a friend who encouraged me to reconsider my stance on faith, arguing that the Bible encourages us to “test and retest” what it says for ourselves to see if it’s true.  While I disagreed with his interpretation of the language of the particular verse he used, I agreed with [Read More…]

Games Christians Play: Making Your Faith Impossible to Disprove

My last post, entitled “Why I Broke Up with Jesus,” inspired a predictable set of rationalizations from people defending their tradition using the same time-tested tools I learned to use when I was a Christian.  I’m glad they did, too, because it brought into such stark relief those mental gymnastics which finally made me realize [Read More…]

Men Who Stare at Facts

A few nights ago I had dinner with a friend who encouraged me to reconsider my stance on faith, arguing that the Bible encourages us to “test and retest” what it says for ourselves to see if it’s true.  While I disagreed with his interpretation of the language of the particular verse he used, I [Read More…]

Games Christians Play: Three Common Examples of Confirmation Bias

People often ask me why I left my faith.  There are no good short answers to that question, but one of the simplest ways to explain what happened is to describe the games I was taught to play to protect my beliefs and to keep them immune to falsification.  Stepping outside of my own thought [Read More…]

Lessons Learned from the Death of a Snake Handler

Earlier this week news began circulating about the death of yet another snake-handling preacher and my first response was to leave it alone. Christians hate being lumped together with the fringe outliers of their religion and at first I was happy to comply with their wishes. But yesterday the son of the deceased preacher announced [Read More…]