‘We must be careful about what we pretend to be’: How tribal cheerleading creates new tribal dogma and changes the tribe to conform to it

PandG

Over time, these kinds of tribal-cheerleading responses to pollsters and other catechists eventually become required responses. And thus, over time, the things that people pretend to believe as a “way of showing that they’re members in good standing” of their political faction become the things that members of that faction actually believe. The fluff becomes substance — becomes dogma. And the tribe is transformed to conform to this new dogma. [Read more...]

When fantasy role-playing replaces faith (cont’d.)

A typical Unitarian church service.

Sustaining the kind of fantasy Linda Wall invites her readers to indulge in takes an enormous amount of imagination. It requires the collaborative effort of a community of fantasists who agree to cooperate by reinforcing one another’s fantasies. And it requires a willingness to reinterpret every mundane detail of the world around you into something fraught with all the drama of the pageant you’re creating in your head. [Read more...]

When fantasy role-playing replaces faith

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The culture warrior faith of the religious right is sometimes criticized for being overly negative. That’s a misconception. All the things it seems obsessively negative about are really of no consequence to them. Their message is actually overwhelmingly positive. It is a steady stream of hyperbolic, unwavering, unquestioning praise and celebration. All of it directed toward themselves and their own pious righteousness. [Read more...]

What if it were all true?

Also for this TV show, everything in every Jack Chick tract is true. All of it.

Here’s the premise for a TV show: It’s all true. Everything Pat Robertson says is true. Everything that’s posted on Charismanews is true. All of it. All the writers need to do is conform the fictional reality of the show to the wild reality described every day by Robertson, et. al. [Read more...]

When fantasy role-playing replaces faith you still need a decent DM

Strachan

Strachan’s fawning flattery is directed at an audience of conservative white Christians who love to sing “Dare to be a Daniel / Dare to stand alone!” This is a white evangelical subculture that replaced faith with fantasy decades ago. For them, discipleship means leveling up in a fantasy role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic warriors battling against Satanic baby-killers, relativists, evolutionists, postmodernists, New Agers, the Gay Lifestyle, and a whole Monster Manual of other imaginary horrors. Strachan invites them to play this game, and they love this game. [Read more...]

She’s working double shifts to keep us fed

ManRay

Vatican Guy No. 1: “How should we advertise our all-male conference on women?” Vatican Guy No. 2: “How about with a sculpture of a nude headless woman whose breasts and genitals are bound with golden rope?” VG No. 1: “Perfect.” (Plus some other Wednesday evening linkage.) [Read more...]

Christian-brand publisher admits blatant scam book was a blatant scam

NoHeDidNot

So, yeah, the book’s descriptions of Heaven and angels and the afterlife were all just made up. No kidding. Death remains “The undiscovered country, from whose bourn / No traveller returns,” and it puzzles the will that anyone believed — or was willing to publish — a tall-tale claiming otherwise. [Read more...]

The Magic School Bus and the Satanic Panic that ate Christianity

MSBPentagrams

The hallmark of white evangelical discipleship is feigned outrage. Evangelicalism in America takes its cue from the Catholic rite of baptism: “Do you renounce Satan and all his works?” We do. We just have no idea what all Satan’s works might look like. So we make stuff up and then renounce that. [Read more...]


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