Shame on You for Thinking Prayer Does Anything

In yesterday’s post entitled “Our Biggest Mistake: We Did As We Were Told” I listed several things deconverts like me did that inadvertently led to the demise of our faith. At one point I brought up prayer, and I explained that we approached prayer exactly the way the Bible instructed us to approach it: We came to [Read More…]

I’m Tired of Prayer

Our world is wracked with tragedy. Much of it could be avoided, much of it is the result of cruel chance. Whatever the tragedy, my friends, family, and acquaintances often have the same response: #PrayFor________ I’m sick of it. Those who know me personally know that I’m a tender-hearted cinnamon roll who cries at basically everything. I [Read More…]

Religious Belief and the Incurable Disease

[Today’s guest post is written by Pete Eisenmann, a former Vineyard church planter from South Carolina.] I’m not sure when I actually made the choice. I’m sure that it was early on in my relationship with my wife, but I didn’t want anyone to pray for my wife’s health any longer, at least not in [Read More…]

The Bible Is a Terrible Medical Textbook

Sometimes religion causes harm. I do my best to distinguish between the kinds that do and the kinds that don’t, but there is an awful lot of overlap between the two.  No matter how hard I work to make my distinctions,  I usually end up angering the adherents of both kinds anyway.  It’s more of a spectrum than [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…]