Coercion and the Global Marketplace of Ideas.

The religion’s leaders 100% believe that there’s some magical way to return Christianity to its former power and dominance through marketing and superior sales techniques. This notion is just another example of magical thinking in Christianity, and I’ll show you why right now. Read more

No No, Gang, THIS Christian Is Totally Going to Fix Catholicism!

I’ll pick apart his speech today, and then show you–for good measure, since I’m helpful that way–why his tribe is actually having trouble recruiting and retaining members. Read more

The False Promise of Safety in the Broken System.

The criticism I have about religion really deals with the broken system that undergirds it: that marrow-deep dysfunction that pushes people to create a broken system, to join it, to celebrate it, to perpetuate it, and ultimately to protect it from all potential criticism or dismantling. Though Christianity is one of the best examples of a broken system that we could possibly encounter in our society, there are certainly others. Today I’ll show you what I mean by illuminating one of the biggest miseries to come out of broken systems: the false illusion of safety that they offer to both adherents and those who encounter their adherents. Read more

Good Apples, Bad Apples, and Broccoli.

Christianity is supposed to be the religious equivalent of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Its advertising and marketing materials proclaim constantly that its adherents are, ideally, the cream of the crop of the entire civilized universe. The people serving on the Enterprise and who belong to Christianity are both supposed to be the best their universe has to offer. But in reality, Christianity is a lot more like Red Dwarf–minus the sense of humor, self-awareness, and cleverness. And we can tell which it is by how its very own people react to their bad apples and their broccoli. Read more

Hang On, Everyone! This Christian Knows What the Problem Is!

We’ve been having fun this week snarking a post in The Federalist to eensy-weensy little pieces. But who could blame us? The Christian who wrote it managed to outshine all his pals in finding the most WTF explanation possible for why his religion’s losing so many adherents and so much credibility and influence in the eyes of the world. That isn’t easy to do nowadays! Read more

Further Signs of Christianity’s Demographic Death Spiral

When you hear one of them chirp about men being “biologically wired to be drawn to feminine beauty,” perk your ears up for a lot of ad hoc reasoning and just-so stories to justify Christian sexism. Read more

Lord Snow Presides Over Australia’s New Census: the Real Good News! (#12)

The results of that census from last year, posted just today, show that the number of Australians who are non-religious is increasing at a speed most of us wouldn’t even have thought possible 20 years ago. Read more

A Matter of Faith: The Mega-Review.

Welcome to our full mega-review of A Matter of Faith, the 2014 Christian movie about a girl who goes to biology class and almost loses her faith! Read more

A Matter of Faith: Pre-Show.

Today we’re going to look at A Matter of Faith, the 2014 Creationism snoozefest by the Christiano brothers that they somehow got Harry Anderson signed up for. Read more

A Safe Guess for Anona United Methodist Church.

If my blog were a sort of News of the Weird of Christianity–and I suppose in some respects it is–then this scenario would definitely qualify as no longer weird enough to make the cut. But I noticed something interesting: that I could tell something important about a church just by seeing how its members and leaders react to a scandal. Read more