Reading Time: 11 minutes Hi and welcome back! As many people do now, I feel disquiet and dread when I check out what Christians are doing lately. And I’m not just talking about the obvious ones shooting protesters and screeching about their worship of Donald Trump. To me, the range of behavior we see in Christians reflects the cardinal […]
God’s Club (movie)
More Christian Lies: ‘We’re So Different From Everybody Else!’
Reading Time: 11 minutes It’s as accepted a trope as claim about the total-for-realsies earthly existence of Jesus himself. And yet Christians don’t think too hard about it or what it means, much less test it. Yes, I’m talking about Christians who think Christians are so, I dunno, just DIFFERENT, y’all. Well, they aren’t, and today I’ll show you why.
The Critical Mistakes and Cosmic Irony of “God’s Club.”
Reading Time: 10 minutes Christians are fighting tooth and nail to get their indoctrination into schools whether it’s legal to do it or not, but there’s a truly cosmic-level irony at work here that they’re just not seeing.
Being Wrong, Gloriously.
Reading Time: 9 minutes We might laugh about or mock Christians who have entirely too high an estimation of themselves or too dramatic or fictionalized an interpretation of their experiences, but the problem of inaccurate self-perception is real–and it doesn’t go away upon deconversion from religion.
God’s Club: Being Genuinely Helpful vs. Being Christianly Helpful.
Reading Time: 9 minutes If we really want to help people, then we need to do something that the Christians of God’s Club simply can’t do.
The Oncoming Bus Gambit, and Why It Fails.
Reading Time: 13 minutes This response is something I’m starting to call the Oncoming Bus Gambit. Chances are you’ve heard it many times yourself–it’s very common among Christians of an evangelistic bent, who employ it to rationalize their mistreatment of other people. And it fails just like all of their other rationalizations. Today I’ll show you what the Gambit is, how to spot its variations, why it fails, and how to defuse it.
Persecution Complex: God’s Club and the “Religious Liberty” Scam
Reading Time: 10 minutes The central idea in the Christian movie God’s Club, which we reviewed recently and have been discussing off and on, is a very common talking point believed by right-wing Christians all over America: that they are facing unprecedented levels of persecution in this country, and thus are in great danger of losing their religious liberty–and from there getting imprisoned and even executed for their beliefs. Non-Christians may well feel baffled about why so many Christians cling to this idea as hard as they do–and why they seem to genuinely think that they are in real danger.
“God’s Club” Shows Us the Disconnect Between Christian-Land and Reality-Land.
Reading Time: 9 minutes I’d be hard-pressed to point to a more glaring illustration of that discrepancy than the disgraceful spectacle of Christians making movies presenting themselves as they really truly believe they are–while remaining completely (and, one increasingly suspects, willfully) oblivious to how others see them.
God’s Club: Why Fundagelical Movies Create Such Polarized Opinions.
Reading Time: 8 minutes I’ve been doing reviews of Christian movies for a while now. And unsurprisingly, I have been uniformly unimpressed because Christian media is uniformly awful. But to hear Christians themselves talk about “their” movies, these are all masterpieces. Epics. Perhaps marginally flawed here and there, but essentially wonderful. Everyone else is left to wonder if they’re even seeing the same movies these Christians are praising. I’m not surprised at all to see this lopsided reception.
God’s Club: The Mega-Review
Reading Time: 23 minutes I just noticed a movie pop up on my Netflix thing that sounded so ludicrous that I had to run a review on it as soon as I could. The movie is God’s Club.