What World Vision Says about Evangelical Priorities

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

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...]

A Complete Misunderstanding of the Term “Rape Culture”

The nation's largest and most influential anti-sexual-violence organization is rejecting the idea that culture — as opposed to the actions of individuals — is responsible for rape. This is the first sentence of Caroline Kitchens' recent opinion piece in Time Magazine, It's Time To End the 'Rape Culture' Hysteria. Kitchens is a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. And yet, with that one sentence, Kitchens makes it clear that she does not understand what is meant by the term "rape cult … [Read more...]

Someone, Please Save Me From Hell

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...]

Homeschooling, Cheating, and Ease of Access

As a homeschooled child, one of the things I was taught that public schools were plagued with rampant cheating. Cheating was always listed alongside drugs, bullying, and violence in a long list of the problems with public schools. But in the midst of all the talk about children cheating off each other's tests in public school, there was very little acknowledgement of our own homeschool cheating problem.I was reminded of this when I came upon an old post on homeschoolforums.com: Just Caught … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead (Painful Stereotypes Edition)

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...]


A discussion in this morning's comment section, which revolved around whether it was appropriate to have powdered sugar or ketchup on french toast, has inspired me to put up a post solely for the purposes of sharing recipes and discussing food.  I'm putting a "chatter" tag on this post so that it can be found easily through the chatter option on the site menu.I'll start by sharing a recipe I've used for years and years. Quick Biscuits 6 cups flour 1 cup sugar 3 tbsp baking powder 3 tsp … [Read more...]