Pillars of Faith Series

Pillars of Faith is a series by Lorette C. Luzajic on the human side of “the greatest story ever told.”

Series Posts

  1. Peter LaBarbera, Anti-Gay Creep (April 3, 2009)
  2. John Wesley (April 13, 2009)
  3. Neal Horsley, Horse’s Ass in More Ways Than One (April 20, 2009)
  4. R. J. Rushdoony, Reconstructionist and Racist Bigot (May 1, 2009)
  5. Father Jeremy Davies, Demon Specialist (May 15, 2009)
  6. Pastor Melissa Scott, Porn Star (May 20, 2009)
  7. Oral Roberts, the Resurrection and the Life (June 3, 2009)
  8. Martin Luther‘s Unreasonable Faith (June 12, 2009)
  9. Pope Alexander VI, The Unholy Grail (July 1, 2009)
  10. Dr. D. James Kennedy, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (July 15, 2009)
  11. Randall Terry’s Theater of the Absurd (July 22, 2009)
  12. Beverly LaHaye’s Dirty Laundry (Jul 31, 2009)
  13. Dr. Patrick Johnston: The Right Stuff (Aug 12, 2009)
  14. Nothing Comes Between Me and My Calvin (Aug 20, 2009)
  15. Mike Warnke’s Ministry of Lies (Sept 9, 2009)
  16. Bob Larson Does Reality TV (Sep 22, 2009)
  17. John Hagee Rides Again (Oct 12, 2009)
  18. Pat Robertson: A Diamond in the Rough (Nov 2, 2009)
  19. Tony Alamo Gets Locked Up Forever (Nov 24, 2009)
  20. Benny Hinn, The Anointed One (Dec 14, 2009)
  21. Rod Parsley Promises Deliverance From the Stench of Poverty (Dec 30, 2009)
  22. Jonathan Edwards’ Fire and Brimstone (Jan 18, 2010)
  23. Texe Marrs Hunts Jews and other Devils (Feb 19, 2010)
  24. Jerry Falwell’s Legacy of Hate (Mar 30, 2010)
  25. John Knox‘s Monstrous Regiment (Apr 16, 2010)
  26. Don’t Mess With Texas’s Doyle Davidson (Apr 29, 2010)
  27. The Lies of James Dobson (June 26, 2010)
  28. American History X: David Barton (Aug 18, 2010)
  29. In the Closet with Pastor Ted(October 19, 2010)

About the Author

Lorette C. Luzajic is a full-time freelance writer in Toronto. She blogs at Facinating People.

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  • http://www.fallenandflawed.com/ Demian Farnworth

    I think you should turn your Pillars of the Faith series into a calendar. I’d buy one. All kidding aside, I do think you use the term “Pillars of the Faith” a little loosely. Outside of Wesley [of who's tradition I'm a card carrying member ;-)], I’ve never heard of these people. Maybe you said it somewhere else, but how are you defining “Pillar?” Or “Faith?” Not sure who scares me more: Rushdoony or LaBarbera. Thanks Lorrette.

  • thegirlcanwrite

    Thanks Demian. It is not I who define “Pillars of Faith” rather loosely but those who perceive these people as just that… there was more than a little sarcasm going on, and a hope that I could bring some attention to the doctrines or other details that many – even followers- may not know of. At the very least, bringing some interesting material about a person together may invite someone to learn more, or to learn more about their own faith journey and see more of the things on which it was built. I hoped these shorts would eventually give a broad picture of what the forces of faith have been like, and how that has influenced our own beliefs through history and today. If I send a few people to the library to investigate further, I’m thrilled.

    • http://www.fallenandflawed.com/ Demian Farnworth

      I can totally relate to that Lorette. And I think it’s a great idea. By the way, you mentioned in one of your posts you were still on the fence with your faith and sitting out of church while you sort through. Did I hear that right? Are you going to share more about that…or was that just an aside. Thanks.

      • thegirlcanwrite

        Well, I did share it on my own blog, for better or for worse- not really a ‘blog’ but a small book.

        http://thegirlcanwrite.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/my-crisis-of-faith-farewell-to-god/

        The whole thing was a bit of an unexpected watershed, honestly. I’ve spent 20 years outside the church and 1.5 back in. I left fundamentalism behind in childhood, had a more private faith, found a wide open progressive faith home not long back that was a healing gift after losing several loved ones. Never questioned whether or not God existed, just knew it wasn’t the way many faiths perceived him. But in Jan after a few kooks crawled out of the woodwork, I suddenly thought, ‘what messenger than has brought this ‘good news’ forth that I can trust?’ And looking back through all the church fathers and occasional mother had the sinking feeling ‘none.’ Pillars of Faith was conceived along the way. I’m a well read person who didn’t know much of this stuff about many- there are many coming, I’m just getting started! There was the odd ‘innocent’ or well-meaning person I might consider a great Messenger – JOhnny Cash, for example. But if these ‘pillars’ were the ones who taught me, dad, pastor, etc all down through the ages, and I could trust none of them because they were, after all, just human, I was suddenly freefalling after years of not really giving the matter any thought.

        So – the fence? Hmm. I’ve been reading voraciously for four months (for my whole life, but these months specifically on related topics- the Bible, apologetics, history, science, atheism, deprogramming, other scriptures, archeology) but I’m pretty new to this.

        I can’t say I know for sure there is no God, but I’m getting less and sure that there is one.

        How’s that? I always saw God in a way as both my childhood God, but also as ‘the sum of all things’ which Michael Shermer wonderfully acknowledges occasionally in his writings. Knowing I don’t have to lose my sense of wonder at the magic has helped me keep my intellect open as I study. Knowing evolution doesn’t mean we’re ‘just animals’ but that it means we are truly all one, made of the same stuff, everything in the world, is it’s own kind of spirituality.

        So that’s where I am. In the process of dismantling the fairy tales.

        • http://www.fallenandflawed.com/ Demian Farnworth

          Wow. Thanks for sharing. Good luck and let me know if I can help you with anything. I’m enjoying your blog, this series and I think the moniker “the girl can write” sticks. Take care.


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