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Mississippi governor names April ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a decision both shocking and utterly predictable, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has designated April as Confederate Heritage Month.  The legacy of the Confederacy is one of white supremacy, chattel slavery, militarism, and rebellion against the United States government. The Confederacy lost decisively on the battlefield against the Union, but descendants of the Confederates spent […]

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Why the church keeps getting Covid wrong

Reading Time: 5 minutes I live in the Deep South, and now that the Delta variant is here, I’m back to wearing a mask again wherever I go. School started back for us last week, and masks are mandatory because our district doesn’t have any wealthy white people bullying the school board into disregarding the pleas of every hospital […]

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Whitewashing Christian history in The Reason for God

Reading Time: 15 minutes To hear Tim Keller talk, you’d think the Christian church was responsible for every progressive social step forward that Western civilization has taken. In order to support this idea, Keller turns in chapter four of The Reason for God to address the developments of the Abolition movement and of the Civil Rights movement in the United […]

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The Culture Wars Have Jumped the Shark

Reading Time: 9 minutes When I was in college and seminary, my professors were always sounding the alarm over the postmodern condition, warning us that the loss of a central guiding “worldview” in America would produce culture wars in which every group and cultural identity would spar with each other, fighting for greater control of the public sphere. Then […]

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How ‘be not afraid’ endangers us all

Reading Time: 4 minutes I think I’ve finally put my finger on what’s beneath my frustration with my fellow Southerners during this global pandemic—I mean besides the mortal peril into which their continued science denialism is putting us all, both in the short term (see COVID-19) and in the long (see climate change). I was already exasperated with their […]

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Are You Godless in Southeast Mississippi?

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you live in the Deep South like me, you always want to know when a group of freethinker types are getting together. And as it turns out, tomorrow morning (Sunday the 8th) at 11am I’ll be speaking at Our Home Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellisville, MS. If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow […]

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How the Church Became What Jesus Hated

Reading Time: 11 minutes While I’ve considered myself an atheist for nearly a decade now, sometimes I go back to church again just to remind myself of why I left it all behind in the first place. The experience rarely disappoints. The past two free weekends I decided to visit a church I had never been to before—even though […]

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My Struggle: A Black Atheist Wrestles with Anti-Intellectualism and Low Expectations

Reading Time: 4 minutes Guest post by James Murray A few months back after recording my podcast interview with Black Nonbelievers, Inc President Mandisa Thomas, I had the misfortune of experiencing the divisive nature of religion when an older cousin called me to discuss the interview. “I just don’t understand! Why don’t you believe?” she repeated, unsatisfied with the reasons […]

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Evangelicals and the whitewashing of Jesus

Reading Time: 10 minutes Nothing within white evangelical Christian theology explicitly says that people with brown skin are bad, and yet somehow racism has driven that subculture for more than a century without them ever seeing it. In 2016 white evangelicals turned out in record numbers to vote for a blatantly dishonest, foul-mouthed casino magnate and reality TV star […]