World Vision Reverses Course

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Two days ago, World Vision announced that they would hire legally married gay and lesbian individuals. In other words, the organization decided to treat marriage equality as a doctrinal dispute left up to individual Christians and individual Churches rather than as a salvation issue that divided Christian from non-Christian. I reported on this decision earlier today.Following evangelical outcry, and in response to thousands of evangelical Christians ending their child sponsorships through … [Read more...]

What World Vision Says about Evangelical Priorities

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World Vision is a Christian organization that serves children in the third world. It is perhaps well known for its sponsorship program, through which Americans may sponsor needy children in the third world through monthly donations that go to pay for things like school tuition and medical care. This week World Vision demoted the debate over marriage equality to the status of doctrinal dispute on par with that over infant baptism when it changed its policies to allow for the hiring of legally … [Read more...]

In Heaven We’ll All Be Sociopaths

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One question I see tossed around sometimes is how people could be happy in heaven knowing that their loved ones are suffering in hell. It may seem odd, but I never even thought of this problem as an evangelical. It wasn't until later that I came upon it, already an atheist myself. Curious, I decided to look up how Christian apologists respond to this problem. I have to admit to being kind of horrified by the answers I've found.First, this from Ray Comfort: "How can people be happy in … [Read more...]

Someone, Please Save Me From Hell

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A relative recently posted this image on facebook, along with a call for all of those "who haven't repented" to take note. There are a lot of Christians today who either do not believe in hell or downplay the idea of hell. Unfortunately, this is not true of my relatives. For them, hell is as real as you or me, and is the rate of anyone who has not repented and prayed the sinner's prayer.Sadly, I cannot simply be theoretical about this. This is because I know from experience that a belief in … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead (Painful Stereotypes Edition)

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My evangelical parents and siblings recently went and saw God's Not Dead. This made me profoundly uncomfortable. I haven't seen the movie, but I have seen the trailer, and that's enough to tell me that the movie's representation of what it is to be an atheist bears absolutely no resemblance to me.Beyond its depiction of atheists, the movie's entire premise is so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. Wikipedia describes the movie's plot as follows: Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a naive freshman … [Read more...]

Suffer Not a Woman to Teach (at Cedarville University)

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I participated in AWANA, a Bible club, from kindergarten through 12th grade. When I was in the high school group, there was a bit of a disagreement over who could serve as our lead teacher. You see, a woman wanted to lead the high school group. You know, a woman. There were Bible study books we would work through, it wasn't like she would be developing the materials or anything. But still, she was a woman. And therein lay the problem.Some of the leaders argued that it would be okay for her … [Read more...]

The Totally Unoriginal Atheist Case against Abortion

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The Friendly Atheist created quite the brouhaha lately by publishing a guest post by Kristine Kruszelnicki, president of Pro-Life Humanists. This post was titled "Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here's Why I'm One of Them." My response? Thank you, Captain Obvious.No seriously. Are there really people who think that atheists can't be against abortion?  I do not understand this reasoning. Is there supposed to be a litmus test, that if you're an atheist you're automatic and by d … [Read more...]


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