Darkness at Noon.

Eclipses are rare occurrences in our world–and even to someone raised in a science-embracing world they can feel mysterious. Little wonder that Christians have been co-opting these events ever since their religion got started. Read more

The Day My Prayers Changed.

One day I realized that my prayers had changed without my even noticing. But they had. When I noticed that change, that moment became a turning point in my own faith journey. Read more

Various Christian Threats, Deciphered and Decoded.

Threats are a constant and deeply-woven part of Christian culture. Even the really nice parts of the religion use them in implicit form. That’s why we often talk around here about Christians’ use of threats. They make promises as well, promises that touch on the natural and supernatural worlds. I thought it’d be interesting to pull together some of their favorites–and offer up some link love in case anyone wants to read further about them. Read more

Christian Marketing Sucks: Bait and Switch Edition.

This marketing tactic is hugely dishonest, yes, but it’s also very effective against the unwary. No wonder so many Christians use it so often in their evangelism efforts: we carry around in our heads a raft of cognitive biases that ensure that even the most skeptical of us can fall for bait-and-switch evangelism. Today I’ll show you what this type of marketing is and why it works. Read more

The False Narrative of Martyrdom in “I’m Not Ashamed”

What angers me most about the horrible Christian movie I’m Not Ashamed is its absolutely shameless contortion of a child’s brutal, senseless death to advance a very clear political agenda. Today I’ll walk you through how that task was accomplished–and show you why we absolutely must reject it. Read more

“I’m Not Ashamed” Mega-Review.

Here follows the mega-review and a short rant about the movie, as is traditional; we’ll talk more about it in coming days. Read more

“I’m Not Ashamed” Really Should Be. (Pre-Review Bugaloo)

We’re going to be reviewing the movie I’m Not Ashamed shortly, so this is our customary pre-review post setting up the movie and outlining some of its major ideas (and problems). And man oh man, are there ever problems here. Read more

How Hucksters Make Sales Through Urgency.

Of all their sales techniques, their most successful is surely their creation of a sense of urgency in their marks. I’ll show you why this technique is so useful–and why it’s starting to backfire on the Christians who use it. Read more

A Totally Useful and Reliable List of Christian Books About Atheism.

The list shows us everything that Christians get wrong about atheism–and to a certain extent why they get it wrong. Read more

Commenting Snafu: Temporary Outage.

If it’s not fixed by Saturday (tomorrow), I’ll move the review post of I’m Not Ashamed back appropriately since I expect that to be a heavy commenting day and I’d never dream of depriving us of sharpening our claws on this movie! Read more