Why I Don’t Think Mark Driscoll Was Joking


Several weeks ago, Mark Driscoll said this: I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV. When people got upset about it, he claimed it was just a joke, adding: I am sorry that you do not have a sense of humor. The thing is, I grew up in a home where this sort of thing was said regularly, and it wasn't about joking. My parents were soundly against recycling, because they saw the earth as disposable. I was reminded of this again a c … [Read more...]

Fear and the Fundamentalist Child

Witch fear

Today is Halloween. Sally is giddy with excitement. I'm taking her trick-or-treating this evening, and she's been asking every day for a month now if it is "Halloween Day." Bobby will be going too, his first Halloween, in the matching outfit Sally picked for him. The thing is, I remember experiencing Halloween as a child raised on the border between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. I loved wearing a costume and attending our church's Harvest Fest, but I also believed that Halloween was Satan's … [Read more...]

The UN, the Antichrist, and a Global Takeover


Fred Clark of The Slactivist recently put up a post about how evangelicals' beliefs about the end times are influencing public policy, especially the belief that the UN is just a placeholder for the coming one world government that will be led by the Antichrist and will be dedicated to the extermination of Christians. To many, this may seem like a weird conspiracy theory. To me growing up, it was, well, normal.Consider this from Fred's post: Agenda 21 has become a right-wing bogeyman based … [Read more...]

The Mark of the Beast

mark of the beast

Evangelicals in a school district in Louisiana are objecting to a palm scanner that kids could use to pay for their lunches, thus eliminating the need for lunch money. Why? Because it sounds too similar to "the mark of the beast." “As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” said Sonnier. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.” For those not familiar with evangelicalism, the mark of the beast is par … [Read more...]

The church that cried persecution


Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are very invested in being persecuted. Very interested. Here's an example from a Fox News article on the whole Chick-fil-a issue: "'If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door, respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill holding a copy of the sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other,' he said.Pay attention, people of faith.Dark clouds are gathering. The … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Kirk Cameron, Monumental, and Dominionism

"Monumental" Lies - Kirk Cameron Visits David Barton - Chris Rodda skillfully debunks the "history" presented in Kirk Cameron's latest film, Monumental, which discusses America's supposedly Christian founding and the nation's subsequent straying from this foundation.A Monumentally Different Kirk Cameron - The ever-insightful Julie Ingersoll reveals that Monumental represents Cameron's transition from mainstream evangelical premillenialism to the Christian reconstructionism of Rushdoony and Do … [Read more...]

Suddenly the world got so much bigger

I grew up believing that the world was created in 4004 B.C.E. and that the world would end within my lifetime. In other words, I believed that the entire length of the world's existence would be something just over 6000 years.As a young adult I learned the scientific evidence behind evolution and found that the world was much, much, older than I had ever thought. As I left religion I suddenly realized that this mean that the world was not going to end with the return of Christ, whether … [Read more...]