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SatanCon 0: The truth laid bare

Reading Time: 3 minutes SatanCon 0 was a historic event. In my vocation, it is exceedingly rare to be a party to such an occasion. Inside the hotel grounds and convention, everything was entirely pleasant and jovial. Many of the attendees were reuniting with good friends they hadn’t seen in almost a decade. Others had been online friends for […]

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An unequal tale of two liars: Smollett and Trump

Reading Time: 4 minutes Actor Jussie Smollett was convicted on December 9 of five counts of “disturbing the peace,” technically speaking, in a bizarre case in which the gay Black actor falsely claimed two Donald Trump-supporting men attacked him on a Chicago street while yelling homophobic and racial slurs in January 2019. What he was actually convicted of was […]

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Beyond carrot-and-stick morality

Reading Time: 6 minutes BY JONATHAN MS PEARCE Sarah looks after vulnerable children on weekends at a children’s sheltered home. During the week, she trains to be a social worker. In her early thirties, she is still feeling her way, looking for fulfillment. She doesn’t believe in God. She did once, but now the idea doesn’t even register in […]

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Evangelical reform: Who’s gonna force accountability on pastors?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Whenever things go hideously wrong in any evangelical group, evangelicals tend to think that The Big Problem Here was a lack of accountability. Had proper accountability existed in their group, nothing bad would have happened because nothing bad could have happened without someone noticing it and addressing it. Scandals, in particular, happen because whoever caused that scandal drifted away from their accountabilibuddies.

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Buddhist Bhutan is better at sex ed than Christian America

Reading Time: 5 minutes The tiny Himalayan Buddhist nation of Bhutan in some important ways has, so to speak, outstripped majority-Christian United States in throwing off the dogmatic religious shackles that have traditionally constrained its sex ed policies. Despite the two nation’s very different religious traditions, the holy corruptions of sexuality have been much the same for both. The […]