May 21, 2024

May heralds Mental Health Awareness Month, bringing with it a slew of well-meaning ribbons and reminders that “it’s okay to not be okay.” But here’s the hard truth—awareness isn’t enough. As someone who’s felt the sting of mental illness not just in myself but through the tragic loss of two close friends to suicide in the past four months, I know too well the fatal consequences of inadequate mental health support. Here at Snarky Faith, we’re not just about awareness;... Read more

May 14, 2024

In the world of Christian clichés, the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” holds a peculiar place. It is often tossed around as a nugget of biblical wisdom, a spiritual endorsement of self-reliance, and a divine pat on the back for the industrious. However, this well-worn saying is not only absent from the Bible but fundamentally contradicts the core messages of scripture. This article will dismantle this popular misconception, exploring its origins and theologically unsound implications. The Non-Biblical Origins... Read more

May 9, 2024

In the ever-shifting sands of American evangelical ideology, one might expect biblical teachings on morality and ethics to serve as guiding principles in shaping political allegiances. However, recent history unveils a starkly different narrative—one where moral relativism reigns supreme, and the highest bidder for power is crowned king, regardless of their ethical bearings. Enter the Orange Messiah, Donald J. Trump, the unlikely darling of the evangelical world. Despite a laundry list of ethical and moral failings, Trump has been embraced with open arms... Read more

May 7, 2024

In a world where the lines between spiritual salvation and political domination blur, we find ourselves staring down the barrel of a movement that’s more medieval than modern. Christian Nationalism is stepping out from the shadows, flexing its muscles on the American stage, and it’s not here to play second fiddle in the orchestra of democracy. Recent investigations have pulled back the curtain on this not-so-secret society, revealing an agenda that’s less about pews and prayers and more about power plays. Let’s dive deep into this divine dilemma, where faith intersects with... Read more

May 1, 2024

This year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomed Ozzy Osbourne, the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness, into its hallowed halls—a fitting recognition for a man whose music has often transcended mere genre to touch on themes of love, unity, and introspection. Meanwhile, on the political stage, the GOP has crowned Donald Trump as its Dictator-in-waiting, a man whose tirades, hateful rhetoric, and greasy grifting have eclipsed any semblance of moral or ethical leadership. Yet, ask the average Evangelical Christian... Read more

April 29, 2024

In a landscape where the Christian narrative often feels more like a cozy blanket than a battle cry, Herb Montgomery’s Finding Jesus arrives like a thunderclap, startling the complacent and energizing the weary. This isn’t your grandma’s Sunday School lesson—unless your grandma was a radical activist, that is. Montgomery isn’t here to offer soothing platitudes or reinforce the status quo. Instead, he digs into the gritty, often overlooked essence of Jesus’ teachings, unearthing a figure who is less about passive peace... Read more

April 22, 2024

Welcome to the grand premiere of “Christianity: The Ego Edition,” where the pews are packed with aspiring stars, each convinced they’re the lead in the divine screenplay. Here, God is the celestial director, doling out roles in a cosmic drama where every believer is convinced they’re the protagonist. But in this theater, the script seems a tad skewed, favoring self-promotion over self-sacrifice. When everyone’s vying for the spotlight, the essence of the gospel gets lost in the glare. The Narcissism... Read more

April 18, 2024

It’s an ironic twist that a religion founded on the teachings of a truth-seeking Messiah has become a fertile breeding ground for outlandish grifts and conspiracy theories. Does the leap of faith required by Christianity predispose its followers to abandon rationality? Perhaps. After all, if believing a man walked on water and turned water into wine comes easily, then questioning the motives behind “miracle” spring water sold for $99.99 might not. It’s the same old snake oil, just in a new bottle. ... Read more

March 31, 2024

As the spring equinox approaches, whispering tales of renewal and fertility that echo through both pagan celebrations and the Christian Easter, it’s the perfect moment to explore how even the Bible has its own share of divine dalliances and sensual symbolism. In an audacious move sure to scandalize the Sunday school crowd and titillate theologians, let’s delve into the biblical underbelly of divine-endorsed romantic escapades. The Scriptures, often touted for their spiritual guidance, also offer a treasure trove of passages... Read more

March 27, 2024

In his latest literary adventure, Matthew J. Distefano takes us back to the Shire in a follow-up to his first foray into Hobbit wisdom. If his debut, The Wisdom of Hobbits, was a gentle stroll through Middle-earth, uncovering the spiritual truths of love, kindness, generosity, hope, and compassion, then this sequel is the deep dive into the philosophical underbrush. It’s like going from sipping tea with Bilbo to debating the finer points of Hobbit sociology with Samwise. Beyond Second Breakfasts:... Read more

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