The Trendy New Christian Doubt.

There’s a new way for Christians to engage with doubt: a defanged, controllable, tamed doubt that they can defeat. Sort of. [Read more…]


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The Handbook: Intervention Conventions.

We’re fast approaching the holiday season, and as fun as holidays are supposed to be, for a lot of us they bring the potential for great pain. One of the scariest aspects of the holidays, for someone whose family is very religious, is the possibility of a religious intervention. [Read more…]


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Through a Bubble, Darkly: 7 Things I Wish I Could Get Through To Thom Rainer.

We’ve been talking lately about how, when Christians write about non-Christians, they often end up with a picture that doesn’t look terribly familiar to us–but which looks remarkably like the image of us that Christian culture paints. Today I want to dissect that picture. [Read more…]


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Having No Ears to Hear the People to Be “Loved.”

There’s a huge, huge difference between listening to someone and really hearing them. Today I’ll show you what I mean, how to tell when someone has no ears to hear what you have to say, and how Christians like Preston Sprinkle are being dishonest with the people they are pretending to love. [Read more…]


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Christians and the Law of Conservation of Worship.

I’ve been thinking lately about something I’ve noticed about many Christians trying to evangelize non-believers: they try to paint our various worldviews as very similar to their own, only inferior. Sometimes the lengths to which they’ll go to establish this commonality seem downright nonsensical. If you’ve ever wondered why that is, then strap into your seat because today we’ll be talking about the Law of Conservation of Worship. [Read more…]


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Because It’s Funny and Sad: the TEN QUESTIONS.

I want to talk about who comes up with these questions and why, because I think that’s far more germane to our community. [Read more…]


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Upon My 20-Umpteenth Year of Apostasy: A Word About Authenticity.

I just realized that I’ve now been out of Christianity for longer than I was in it. That may sound like an odd way to conceptualize things, but I’ve been doing it for a while about various unpleasant people and subjects. It makes me feel good to know there’s that much distance between me and whatever it was that bothered or hurt me, and my time in fundagelical Christianity definitely counts as something that hurt and bothered me! One of the best outcomes of that deconversion was finally being able to live more authentically–and today we’ll be talking about how that happy change came about. [Read more…]


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The Twin Selling Points of a Fundamentalist Rapture Scare.

In the same way, it is simply bizarre to me that people who have built up this total conspiracy theory around all these “Bible codes” and arcane secret societies and government plots seem to be so incapable of coming up with what really should be one of the easiest parts of their predictions: what’s going to happen, exactly, and when. But that’s not even the worst part of these constant streams of Rapture scares. [Read more…]


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The Unequally Yoked Club: Fireproof’s Fatal Assumption.

While someone might see this movie and assume–as I did repeatedly–that it was hawking a particular marriage advice manual, The Love Dare, that’s not entirely true. The characters repeatedly reference the book and laud how amazing it is and how much it’s helped their marriages, but the movie is quite clear about exactly what really saved Kirk’s marriage in the movie. [Read more…]


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The Handbook: The Original Greek and Hebrew (Is Still Nonsense).

Back in my Pentecostal days, there was a phrase I heard non-stop: “the original Greek and Hebrew,” used to describe my denomination’s doctrines and creed. The idea was that our denomination, unlike those of all those other inferior Christians doing everything wrong, had gotten our ideas from “the original Greek and Hebrew” and therefore were closer to what our god wanted out of his followers than all those other Christians were. I notice that Christians still love that phrase, so I want to talk about it today. [Read more…]


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