What Non-Christians Want Christians To Hear

Here’s a small sampling of the responses I got when I asked non-Christians about being on the receiving end of the efforts of Christian evangelicals to convert them. [Read more…]

What Atheists Have Dead Wrong About Religion

It’s been my experience that a great many atheists are keen on claiming that religion causes war. If people would only stop believing in God, goes the reasoning, there’d be much more peace and love in the world. I want much more peace and love in the world! So let’s carefully consider the idea that [Read More…]

Why God Allows Evil to Exist (in 300 Words)

One of the primary arguments atheists use in their case against the existence of God is that a compassionate, all-powerful God wouldn’t allow evil to exist in the world. The answer to that problem is simple: it’s people who do evil, not God. What people most often mean by the question, “Why does God allow [Read More…]

Win Friends and Influence People by Condemning Others and Speaking for God

One of the absolute best things you can do for another person is to tell them what’s wrong with them. People positively love it when they’re told—especially by someone they hardly know—what, who, and how they should be. And the greater the scope of things you criticize in another, the deeper that person will thrill [Read More…]

I, a Christian, Admit It: Atheists Have Been Right All Along

Finally, the truth can be told: all we Christians are, in fact, ignorant, narrow-minded, self-righteous, intolerant, intrusive, hypocritical, fear-driven, gay-hating misogynists. [Read more…]

The U.S. Christian Community Finally Returns My Calls!

After I posted yesterday’s Why Won’t the U.S. Christian Community Return My Phone Calls?, my phone rang. It was them! Here’s how my conversation with the U.S. Christian Community went: My phone: Ring. Ring. Ri— Me: Hello? U.S. Christian Community: Is this John Shore? Me: Who wants to know? [Read more…]

There’s Nothing Natural About “Natural” Evil

Here’s the big, hairy Christian theodicy (the branch of theology that defends God’s goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil), solved—in 500 words or less. [Read more…]

When Your Husband Derides Your Faith

In response to a recent post of mine entitled When You Love Someone Who Doesn’t Love Christ, a woman wrote me the following heartbreaking letter: John, I don’t believe that I happened across your blog by accident. I’m fairly new to the Christian journey, being a “recovering Catholic.” When my husband and I got married eight [Read More…]

“God Can Love Me or Send Me to Hell. But Not Both.”

Sitting at Starbucks yesterday I overheard the following exchange between two men I’ll call Bob and Dan. I recount it here not to make any point of my own, but because it perfectly captures the kind of logjam we Christians so often reach when trying to explain our beliefs to non-Christians. Dan: But that just [Read More…]

Christians: Can We Please Stop Embarrassing Ourselves With the Likes of Carrie Prejean?

We Christians need to stop embarrassing ourselves with the likes of Carrie Prejean. [Read more…]