The Problem of Absolutist Language

Why is it so hard to have a conversation with a fundamentalist?Race Hochdorf, one of the contributers at God of Evolution, has a suggestion: the stumbling block is the vocabulary of fundamentalism.The reason why it is impossible to debate a fundamentalist, is because their very language psychologically traps them into their frames of mind. [...] When somebody new to the Christian religion becomes a part of a fundamentalist church, they hear phrases in sermons like “God's word”, “God's w … [Read more...]

Far-Right Violence in America

If you're an American and you've got some time, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has released a report titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right, which is useful for defining many of the key terms used by watchers of the far-right and for giving some of the history of the movements.The media coverage, from sources like The Washington Times, are filled with scare quotes and misleading quotations. Nothing to really give a sense of the a … [Read more...]

Christian Soldier Firearms

This place helps Christians turn the other cheek.Can you imagine if there was a place called Islamic Solider Firearms?Though maybe a better name would be Allah Ammo...(via) … [Read more...]

Why Evolution Is False

Once I planted a tomato seed and it came out a tomato.CHECKMATE, EVILUTIONISTS! … [Read more...]

What is a Fundamentalist?

The word "fundamentalism" comes out of the conflict between liberal and conservative American Christians in the late 19th-early 20th century. The word itself was coined when various conservative Christians devised lists of doctrines that they considered fundamental to Christian belief. It was popularized when members of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles published a series of essays titled, The Fundamentals. To be a fundamentalist was to hold to one of these lists of doctrines and insist that … [Read more...]