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The Plot of God’s Not Dead 2 in <300 Words

Reading Time: 2 minutes I know a lot of you don’t have time to read a 2,000 word essay about a movie you’ll never see anyway, so here is a much briefer summary of the latest evangelical Christian blockbuster: Plot Synopsis: A high school history teacher who identifies with the same religion as 86% of the rest of her […]

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Live Tweeting My Way Through God’s Not Dead 2

Reading Time: 4 minutes I had the dubious privilege of previewing the second installment of the God’s Not Dead franchise last night in Pearl, Mississippi, and I decided to live tweet my way through the experience. I’m including those tweets here in case you’d like to witness the experience unfolding as I experienced it myself. My full review of […]

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Persecute me, please: God’s Not Dead 2 and the evangelical lust for victimhood

Reading Time: 8 minutes Evangelical Christians want to be persecuted. At some level, they need to be persecuted. It’s woven into their central narrative. It is a part of how they were taught to understand themselves. “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” —Jesus.“…that I may know him […]

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Groundhog Day: Finding Purpose Even If There’s No Tomorrow

Reading Time: 6 minutes February 2nd is upon us, which means it’s time once again to talk about one of my favorite movies of all time: Groundhog Day. Few movies have stimulated as much philosophical and theological debate as this one has.  There’s so much that could be said—and already has been said—about this movie.  About a decade after the movie’s release, […]

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Big Fish and the Resurrection of Jesus

Reading Time: 8 minutes Last weekend, people all over the world celebrated Easter, a holiday which reminds us that we are all so very bad that a man had to be tortured and killed in our place…because apparently that’s what we deserved.  Never mind if you think torture is wrong, or that the death penalty should be reserved for cop […]

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Chocolat and the Impotence of Religion

Reading Time: 6 minutes If people behave well because they fear punishment, is it really accurate to say they are “good people?” I ask this because it comes up a lot for atheists like myself.  When people learn I don’t believe in spirits, gods, or afterlives, the first question I tend to get is, “Well, what’s to stop you from […]

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God does exist

Reading Time: 5 minutes A couple of summers ago I spent entirely too much time in online discussion groups arguing with people about whether or not gods exist. I say “gods” because there were several being debated. Of course, where I live, everyone safely assumes that only one particular deity is even on the table for discussion. But the […]