November 28, 2014

The terror induced by the threat of Hell is something a lot of Christians learn by their earliest childhood, and just like in losing weight, that first fear is often the last one to say goodbye. I’ve been noticing people mentioning this fear–either navigating the erosion of it or trying to push it onto others–and I think this is a good time to openly discuss one of the scariest and most toxic elements of the Christian religion. So let’s talk about Hell. Read more

November 28, 2014

(Today’s guest post is by David Hayward) I think a lot about how our ideas arise. How did they start? What human motivation birthed these thoughts? What kind of mentality would explain the emergence of these concepts? What kind of paradigm makes these theologies necessary and sensible? So I applied some of this line of thinking to the concept of Hell. So somewhat tongue-in-cheek, here are 10 reasons why I would invent Hell: If I’m going to Heaven, there has to… Read more

November 27, 2014

I’ll just be up front here: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and the only one I really celebrate consistently. I’m not one to stand on holidays much; I forget birthdays and anniversaries and have at times been taken by surprise by almost every holiday under the sun including Christmas. But I never forget about Thanksgiving. Read more

November 27, 2014

This view of thankfulness limits gratitude to ‘what god(s) has done’. According to religion, all ‘praise and thanksgiving’ belong to god(s) alone. But, there is a problem with this belief. When gratefulness is directed to god(s) alone, we minimize and insult the human beings who impact our lives. Read more

November 26, 2014

Like every other belief in Christianity, Hell isn’t quite a universal doctrine. But for quite a few Christians, Hell is a very lively part of their faith system. Christians are supposed to remain afraid of Hell. And why shouldn’t they be? Read more

November 25, 2014

In the second installment of The Walking Wounded, Nate Phelps shares his struggle to find healing from the mental and emotional trauma caused by Christian fundamentalism. Nate and I share a very shockingly similar background. Raised in a fundamentalist home as the child of a pastor, suffered at the hands of an overbearing, abusive father, and did something that many who are severely indoctrinated ever do: dared to question and eventually walked away from it all. A few days before I came… Read more

November 25, 2014

[Today’s guest post is written by Dani Kelly, who does lots of things] Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concepts of agency1 and autonomy, how necessary they are for a fulfilling life…and how impossible they are when consent is ignored. I’ve been realizing with a growing sense of anger and frustration that I had no grasp of those concepts as a Christian. Really, as I came to understand what basic respect, prioritizing consent, and honoring the autonomy of… Read more

November 24, 2014

One day in the early 90s not long after my marriage to my then-husband Biff, he was invited to give his testimony at a major revival meeting. He spoke at great length about just how bad his life had been as a non-Christian. I sat up front in my nicest church dress, surrounded by other earnest, eager evangelists’ wives, and listened to him lie for a solid hour. Read more

November 21, 2014

“I just wondered what your thoughts were of Jesus the man,” read the recent message to me from a Christian. I wasn’t fooled. Read more

November 21, 2014

After reading Deanna M. Boudov’s article, “The Narcissism of Preaching”, I posted the message below to my good friend and fellow EXCOMM (Yes, we’ve already started referring to Ex-Communications with initials) writer, Neil Carter. (Before I continue, let me just say that I was not, and am not, upset with Deanna. So why am I writing this article? Because, when I read the post the first time, I was offended.) The first message- “Neil, I liked Deanna’s post for the most part. But I must admit that many parts offended me personally…. Read more

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