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Deconstructing the End of the World

Reading Time: 14 minutes Back when I was in junior high I got invited to a weekend-long retreat that my church put on called Disciple Now! Given the evangelical church’s relentless obsession with branding (“Makin’ Jesus kewl since Century One!”), they’ve since changed the name of the retreat in a rather futile attempt to obfuscate the religiousness of the […]

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Armageddon Within Our Lifetime? (2 of 2)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are conditions really deteriorating, with signs of the apocalypse visible to those wise enough to understand? Or do people’s natural instincts to overestimate fears (and many leaders’ instincts to fan these flames) cause them to imagine an imminent Armageddon though conditions are actually improving?

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The Twin Selling Points of a Fundamentalist Rapture Scare.

Reading Time: 9 minutes In the same way, it is simply bizarre to me that people who have built up this total conspiracy theory around all these “Bible codes” and arcane secret societies and government plots seem to be so incapable of coming up with what really should be one of the easiest parts of their predictions: what’s going to happen, exactly, and when. But that’s not even the worst part of these constant streams of Rapture scares.

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A Response to the Response to Ryan Bell.

Reading Time: 14 minutes We’re coming back to the Handbook for the Recently Deconverted shortly, but I saw this today and it just cried out for examination. Ryan Bell is a Seventh-Day Adventist minister who decided to go one year as a functional atheist. For one year, he’d abstain from prayer and all outward shows of Christianity; he’d read […]