May 7, 2021

The American Church has been feeling the loss of their cultural relevance, and they’re not taking it very well. It offends them deeply. The last thing they needed was to lose the social privilege they’ve enjoyed for so many generations they have become convinced it’s just the way things are supposed to be. As they say, when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. But without a means for feeding their persecution complex, they would lose one of the… Read more

April 3, 2021

Yesterday was “Good Friday,” and this time around I was struck with how Orwellian that sounds to someone on the outside of the Christian faith looking in. Strictly speaking, there never has been only one faith by that name, although when the weather is fair they do play nice enough to get along. But despite their many squabbles, they all seem to agree that this Friday is good, and they do so because they all believe that on this day… Read more

February 20, 2021

Why do so many evangelical Christians gravitate toward multi-level marketing schemes? Expatriates from the faith know exactly why:  because they’ve been training for them their whole lives. The evangelical Christian faith is itself a multi-level marketing scheme, and evangelism is its sales process. Of course, the stated goal of any MLM is the selling of its products—in this case, salvation—but those at the top of every pyramid know the secret: It’s never about the product itself; it’s always about bringing… Read more

February 2, 2021

We are not fallen angels but emerging beings. –Bishop Spong I’ve been trying for a while to boil down my chief objections to the faith of my youth, and I think I’ve settled on the metaphor that best sums it up. I’ve decided my greatest problem with the Christian faith isn’t its avoidance of responsibility for anything that goes wrong in the world, like, ever. It isn’t the martyrdom complex they can’t seem to shake no matter how much power… Read more

December 13, 2020

Around the time that American conservatives lurched overnight from hating Donald Trump to loving him, someone wrote that he wasn’t so much an anomaly as he was a revelation. As difficult as it was to accept, it turns out that plenty of people were happy to install the billionaire playboy as the 45th President of the United States. In fact, many of them are still trying to make it happen again even after he lost this year’s election by more than… Read more

September 21, 2020

A younger friend recently told me she knows a number of guy friends who don’t care much for female artists. “Any female artists?” I asked her. “Any,” she replied, as if there’s something fundamental to being female that makes one less capable of making good art. I found this difficult to absorb. How could anyone believe that? Thinking back through the list of those authors, singers, speakers, and general opinion sharers from whom I’ve personally benefited over the years while… Read more

August 7, 2020

It only recently occurred to me that I am now older than C.S. Lewis was when he first delivered the Broadcast Talks for BBC Radio upon which his later book Mere Christianity was based. Like him, I have been a teacher for decades; but unlike him, I have also spent decades parenting several children and stepchildren. Beyond that, I have also studied theology in a formal setting, something Lewis humblebragged that he had never done. Does it strike you as… Read more

July 23, 2020

Yesterday I posted the first of what I plan to become a series of chapter reviews of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I know I’m late to this game—others have already dissected this work many times over—but I’ve never written out my own thoughts for those who would want to know them. It’s long overdue. In the first chapter, Lewis began his argument for the rationality of the Christian faith by submitting that all people possess a sense of right… Read more

July 22, 2020

For years now, I’ve been putting off writing a review of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, but the time has finally come for me to take the plunge. One of my daughters asked for my thoughts about the book recently, and given that unpacking my deconversion for my girls was the reason I started blogging in the first place, I’m going to take my time and do this thoroughly. I’m no master debater, but I invested way too much time… Read more

July 4, 2020

Are you a parent? If you are, then I’d like you to try a thought experiment. Imagine that your 4-year-old child struts up to you and proudly hands you a colorful drawing of, well…you’re not entirely sure WHAT it is. Then she tells you that it’s a drawing of her and you, neither of whom are discernible to you in the scribbled mess on the paper. So you respond to her thusly: “This looks nothing at all like either one… Read more

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