Stages of Grief at the End of Apologetics.

I’ve been coming into contact with a lot of different ideas about apologetics itself as a field. One of the more intriguing of those ideas comes from Myron Penner, a Christian who wrote a book called The End of Apologetics. He did an interview with a blogger when the book came out, and the reactions to that interview were so fascinating that I wanted to show them to you. [Read more…]


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The Handbook: What It’s Like to Roll to Disbelieve.

I thought that today–the most chocolate-y day of the year, so to speak–was a good day to bring everyone up to speed. I haven’t written about it in a long time and I’ve learned a lot since then. So today I want to show you what rolling to disbelieve is, and what it feels like to make your roll at last. [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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A Little Bit Like Mourning: So Much For Your Happy Ending.

Losing one’s faith can feel a lot like mourning the passing of a loved one. There’s so much emotion bound up in a deconversion that it can be hard to unpack exactly what’s happening. I’ve been thinking about the topic lately because we’ve been touching on the topic in comments here and there. Strangely, it was an old song that really crystallized and solidified some of my thoughts. [Read more…]


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It Is Not Enough; It Is More Than Enough.

Recently I was reminded anew of something about the Christian worldview that I shed long ago: its strange dissonance about both the world and my place in it. [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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The Handbook: Here’s Not Why I Deconverted.

Today we’ll be discussing a uniquely Christian form of cold reading: their attempts to guess why people deconvert from their religion. [Read more…]


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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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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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The Handbook: Videos For Ex-Christians (and Christians Teetering on the Edge).

Sometimes it’s easier to pop on a video or video series than it is to crack open a book–and lately I’ve heard a few folks asking for suggestions along these lines. If you fall into that category of folks, you’ll be happy to know that in the realm of ex-Christianity, there are plenty of videos to watch! [Read more…]


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