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An Immodest Proposal

Reading Time: 5 minutes Imagine for a moment that you’ve been approached by an exceptionally attractive billionaire. Well, not by him personally, but by one of his employees. And he tells you that his wealthy employer wants to ask for your hand in marriage! It’s a lot to take in, right? I know. But it’s totally legit. It’s a […]

Posted inReligion

Why Christianity Keeps Producing Hypocrites

Reading Time: 12 minutes Few things are more central to human nature than hypocrisy. In a way, our whole existence is a lifelong attempt to “fake it till you make it.” We learn by imitation, which means we are always pretending to be something which we have not yet become…right up until the moment that we’re no longer faking […]

Posted inCulture, Religion

Deconstructing My Religion: A CBS Documentary (Video)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last night CBS Religion & Culture aired a short documentary (26:55) about the ongoing struggles of people who were raised in evangelical Christian churches but later left them for any one of dozens of possible reasons. Followers of this blog know that’s very much in my wheelhouse, and some may even remember CBS Sunday Morning […]

Posted inSex & Gender

Fundamentalist Pastor Calls Out Church’s Rape Culture

Reading Time: 9 minutes For those of you familiar with fundamentalist movements, particularly the IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist), you’ll know these movements tend to be rife with sexual abuse and cover-ups. Because the IFB maintains ideologies of separatism and elitism, they tend to deal with their issues “in house.” The trend is: keep it in the church, don’t tell […]

Posted inLGBTQ News, Sex & Gender

The Bible and the Art of Blameshifting

Reading Time: 9 minutes This past Sunday at church, my daughters heard a sermon (they still attend with their mother) by Owen Strachan, a visiting preacher who until recently headed up the Biblical Council on Manhood and Womanhood, a conservative evangelical think tank created to preserve and defend the traditional American family structure. The CBMW would argue their rigid family […]

Posted inCulture, Religion, The Secular

The Sociology of Belief

Reading Time: 9 minutes When I was still a Christian, I would bristle whenever someone tried to analyze my faith from a scientific point of view. The tools of the scientist, I argued, could not reliably detect the things of the spirit because they are only discernible by those with the right organs of perception (see 1 Cor. 2:6-16). You must have “ears […]

Posted inReligion, The Secular

Yes, I Know, Your Christianity Is Better

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whenever people who never truly bought into the hype about Jesus cast their gaze upon his most vocal fan clubs, what they see there alternately amuses and enrages them. They find the claims of Christianity implausible at best and emotionally manipulative at worst, but that in itself is no skin off their backs. What really […]

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The Return of Jesus and the Radicalization of American Politics

Reading Time: 10 minutes Stop me if you’ve heard any of these before: “President Obama isn’t going to allow another election to happen. He’s going to use a crisis development of one kind or another to suspend the U.S. Constitution and declare himself dictator of the country.” “Hillary Clinton hates God and hates Christians, and she’s going to round up […]