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Posted inHistory

Three 1st-Century Voices That Didn’t Make the Cut (#8)

Reading Time: 7 minutes This time, our focus centers on some names that often get included in such lists, but maybe shouldn’t be on them. These writers either didn’t write anything that even vaguely touched on religious or philosophical topics, or didn’t write anything that survived. Today, let’s look at some of them: Phaedrus, Columella, and Marcus Servilius Nonianus. And I’ll show you why they don’t make my cut.

Posted inReligion

The Jesus Beatings Shall Continue Until Salvation Improves (Only God Can)

Reading Time: 10 minutes Lately we’ve been talking about the horrible Christian movie Only God Can. In it, we encounter a great many tropes beloved of evangelicals. And one of their very favorites–said on that Zorg voice of course–involves how they see their god engaging with humanity. See, he’s got a novel approach to winning friends and influencing people: he destroys their lives till they bend the knee. Yep! Today, my friends, we look at the Jesus beatings that shall continue until salvation improves!

Posted inReligion

The Very Unlikely Party Tank in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #117, Ch. 11)

Reading Time: 10 minutes In this installment, we encounter a fundagelical trope at least as venerable as its embodiment: the old church lady whose unshakeable faith and rock-solid devotion makes her a church’s tank. I’ll show you what tanks are in gaming and why Christian culture warriors think they need one. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the weakest consolation prize ever!

Posted inReligion

Roll to Disbelieve Summer Fun Super Special! (#10)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hi! Today, I thought it’d be fun to take a day to look back at the blog’s history. Please enjoy this curated selection of posts from the blog’s past–and if you celebrate the 4th of July, then please have a great, happy, and safe one! American History. Prohibition: Being Doomed to Repeat It. From the […]

Posted inUncategorized

Busting the First Myth About Having Meaning and Purpose in Life

Reading Time: 12 minutes It can be hard to detangle all that indoctrination when someone deconverts, because their entire framework for viewing their lives comes from a religion that they now know makes a slew of untrue claims. Sometimes that framework isn’t even verbalized, so it can take years just to recognize that it’s even there, lurking behind our eyes and whispering all kinds of lies to us when we’re vulnerable. So I want to tear down the curtain separating us from the false wizard behind the scenes and show you those myths.

Posted inReligion

High and Low Christianity

Reading Time: 6 minutes Just a quick little note about creationism again, because I saw a link you folks would probably dig. We’ve talked here before about “high and low” Christianity–this idea that there is a “high Christianity” full of high-end theology and education, sophisticated arguments and a whole whale of a lot of vital debate and introspection, and […]

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