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Holding the Pope to Account

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every time I think we’ve seen the worst of what the Roman Catholic church and this pope are capable of, they come up with a way to sink lower still. Back in January, when Benedict reinstated a misogynist, Holocaust-denying bishop, I could never have imagined that that would be the least offensive and disgusting thing […]

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On Christian Hypocrites

Reading Time: 3 minutes Anyone who’s familiar with Christianity knows that, in the last few decades alone, the Christian church has seen an astounding number of its powerful preachers exposed as blatant hypocrites. The most famous example, of course, is Ted Haggard, former president of the National Association of Evangelicals and a fervent opponent of gay marriage, who fell […]

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CAP Alert Reviews IV

Reading Time: 4 minutes Recently, while I was looking over my list of especially ridiculous items culled from the CAP Alert site, I noticed an interesting trend. Namely, many elements of movies which the CAP reviewer condemns can also be found in the Bible. Consider the following examples: The 13th Warrior: “‘Your fate is fixed’” Romans 9:21: “Hath not […]

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Armor of God

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith…” […]

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The Thomas Weeks Affair

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since this seems to be a week for tearing down Christian icons, I have another fall from grace to report: Bishop Thomas Weeks, founder of the international Christian ministry Global Destiny, was released on bond last week after turning himself in to face charges of brutally beating his estranged wife Juanita Bynum – herself a […]

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Mother Teresa's Loss of Faith

Reading Time: 3 minutes Time magazine this month has a rather amazing story about a decades-long crisis of faith in the life of Agnes Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa. A newly released biography, Come Be My Light, consists of numerous letters Teresa exchanged with her church superiors. These letters reveal that for the last fifty years of her […]

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The Selective Wall

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last December, I wrote about a controversy in Albemarle County, Virginia, where right-wing Christians who sued for and won the right to distribute literature through the public schools’ “backpack mail” program were shocked – shocked! – to find out that there were other religions which then wanted to use that program for the same thing. […]

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The Spiral of Sin and Salvation

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since his spectacular public disgrace last year, the once-powerful evangelical preacher Ted Haggard has not returned to New Life Church, the Colorado megachurch he founded. However, a few days after confessing that the allegations laid against him were true, he arranged to have a letter read to his former congregation in which he admitted his […]

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CAP Alert Reviews III

Reading Time: 4 minutes It occurred to me recently that I haven’t done a post poking fun at the CAP Alert site in quite a while. Well, I intend to correct that oversight right now. For your entertainment, here are some of the more laughably bizarre reasons why the CAP reviewer saw fit to deduct points from various movies: […]

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The Dog Owners: A Parable

Reading Time: 2 minutes Inspired by the recent downfall of Ted Haggard: Once upon a time there were two men, each of whom owned a dog. The first man was glad to own and care for his dog, knowing that pets, if properly cared for, can bring much joy into one’s life. He took his dog on walks every […]