The Handbook: The Magic Christian (Doesn’t Exist).

Christians often pull out the stops when they discover that one of us has left the fold. Everything but the kitchen sink gets thrown at us to read, watch, or listen to. We get invited to “casual dinners” that turn into full-blown interventions. We can’t even visit a friend’s house without discovering a church friend there to try once more to “just talk to us” to “make sure we’ve really thought about this.” And then, once we think we’ve weathered all of it, along comes just one more Christian into the fray, often totally convinced that “God” told him or her to say some particular thing to us. [Read more…]


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How to Spot (and Reject) a Broken System: Turnover.

Last time we talked about how power manifests in broken systems. Today we’ll talk about how to recognize one of the biggest signs of a broken social system: turnover, especially when combined with a particular way of speaking about those who have left. [Read more…]


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Republican and Christian Leaders Are Asking Which Way Their Followers Went.

Someone needs to remind Republican voters and Christians alike that their leaders are trying to appeal to women, young people, LGBTQ people, and non-white folks, not insult and drive them away. [Read more…]


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To Flounce or Not to Flounce: Christians Are Starting to Admit They’ve Lost Their Culture War.

I couldn’t help but notice a major shift in the tenor of how Christians are engaging with general culture in the wake of the Supreme Court case about equal marriage–and a new discussion emerging from the ashes of that decision. Today we’re going to talk about that shift and what that discussion is, and what that discussion is leading toward for them–and us. [Read more…]


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Why Christians Are Cruel to Non-Believers.

Another day, another example of soul-crushing cruelty perpetrated by a Christian against his or her own flesh and blood. It’s so exhausting. So infuriating. So totally unnecessary. And so obviously a sign of the beginning of the end for a religion that dearly deserves everything coming to it now. [Read more…]


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The SBC Still Doesn’t Get Why Nobody Likes Them Anymore.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a culture can be this blind to its own faults and problems, and yet here we are at another installment of “Heads in the Sand: Southern Baptist Edition.” [Read more…]


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The End of a(nother) Church.

Another church is closing–part of an overall trend in America. What does it mean? [Read more…]


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The Handbook: Unlearning a Rather Distorted Narcissism.

It’s a seductive storyline. I can’t deny that. It’s powerfully alluring. Just imagine: You’re the klutzy, totally undeserving, inexperienced, vastly underpowered childlike person who catches the eye of some huge, unthinkably powerful, completely in-control and self-possessed being whose monstrous will and complete focus lands, laser-like and pinpoint-accurate, on you. You have no idea why this [Read More…]


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The Handbook: Understanding the Straw Man.

Christians are very, very fond of telling everybody who’ll listen that they just love non-believers. Oh my, they just love us to death. But if they keep talking, a curious thing happens: they show us exactly what they’re really thinking. [Read more…]


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The Handbook: Circular Arguments.

I’ve compared the efforts of Christian apologists to watching a Roomba repeatedly hit a wall, and nowhere do we see that analogy in action better than with a circular argument. That was one of the early topics I tackled here here on this blog like a year and a half ago, but I want to discuss circular arguments because since then I’ve noticed even more that Christians like circular arguments–almost as much as this tuxedo cat likes riding its Roomba. [Read more…]


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