Christian Opportunism in Action.

In comments last time we met up, we learned about yet another set of those guesses, all presented as amazing new ideas that would totally work to convert people without backfiring and making evangelicals look like pickup-artist creeps. [Read more…]


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Lord Snow Presides #3: The Backlash Against the Internet Begins in Earnest.

I’ve seen pastors try off and on to stop their congregants from accessing the internet, but this new book that just came out, What Falls from the Sky, really takes the cake on that score. [Read more…]


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The Poison of Undeserved Power.

As part of finding our own internal validation and becoming our own support network, one of the first things we have to do is take back the personal power we’ve given away. Especially if that Christian was tangled up with one of the really authoritarian groups in the religion, this step can be one of the hardest we’ll ever take on our way toward deconversion. [Read more…]


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Leaving the Validation Carousel.

Things happen in your head the day you successfully make the switch from craving external validation to finding internal validation. But Christian organizations benefit from people needing external validation–and do their best to demonize the idea of internal validation. There’s a reason for it, of course, and we’ll talk about that reason today. [Read more…]


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When the Question Isn’t “Are They Hateful?” But Rather “Are They Hateful ENOUGH?”

Russell Moore, one of the current presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), is discovering what life is like for people who dissent from the tribe’s opinions–and I don’t think he likes it. Today we’ll see that schadenfreude is a dish best served with a side order of birth-control pills. [Read more…]


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The Gaze of Dead Children Follows Me Today.

These stories are related. They both reflect an endemic issue within Christianity: its broken systems’ inability to recognize basic human rights. [Read more…]


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And Oh! They Cry Out, “Fix Me, Fix Me!”

Another Christian has a bunch of ideas that he thinks will totally fix Christianity. Unfortunately, he’s going at it all wrong. [Read more…]


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Ken Ham’s Bubble Maintenance.

Creationist charlatan and serial liar-for-Jesus Ken Ham did a little bubble maintenance this week, and I want to show you how and why he did it. [Read more…]


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Agent Milo and the Case of the Useful Idiot.

I’ve noticed a great many people remarking upon the downfall of alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and I wanted to mention something about why he rose and why he fell, because in it we find a cautionary tale for people who might be in a similar life situation without realizing it. [Read more…]


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NOM: When Bad Guys Don’t Want to Be Bad Guys.

There’s this charming little moment in the 1983 animated masterpiece-of-nuttery Rock & Rule that really brings home just how far a villain will go to see him- or herself as anything but the bad guy. I found myself thinking of that moment this week when I heard about a recent news story that gave the world yet another reason to distrust and distance ourselves from Christians. [Read more…]


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