Reading Time: 11 minutes Back when I was Pentecostal, I found myself debating a pair of Southern Baptist guys. At the time, I believed in speaking in tongues, and I rejected the Trinity. They were deeply concerned that I’d go to hell over this huge deception, so they sought to persuade me I was wrong. I’m sure you’ll be […]
Life After Deconversion
Why Christians push a false narrative of hopelessness
Reading Time: 12 minutes Christians’ false narrative of hopelessness represents a big part of their current marketing to their target customers. But in truth, it only worsens the actual hopelessness that their salespeople claim to be alleviating.
Yes, But WHICH Hell Shall We Fear? (Journey Into Hell #1)
Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! After I ran that post about how my fear of Hell got burned out of me one night, some folks wanted some more info about what I learned about Hell afterward. It’s been a long time since we talked much about Hell, so I thought that sounded like a marvelous idea! […]
Last Ideology Standing: The Worst Reason to Slam ‘Bespoke Spirituality’
Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about a dumb post that Brett McCracken wrote recently on The Gospel Coalition (TGC) (archive link). In it, he outlined what he thinks TRUE CHRISTIANITY™ involves — so he could then demand people try it before leaving his religion entirely. Along the way, he also created a […]
Deconversion: No, actually, we don’t need to try every flavor first
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let me show you the Christian salesman who insists we must try his product before he’ll even come close to considering our deconversion valid — and why we do not actually need to try every flavor of Christianity first before deciding it’s not for us.
Reconciling Christian Experiences With Deconversion
Reading Time: 7 minutes When people realize that Christianity’s claims aren’t true, often they reassess a lot of their former experiences in the religion. And in many cases, they must. What onetime Christians once considered real live miracles while we believed those claims turn out to be simple exaggerations or misunderstandings–or worse, outright lies or even attempts to con us out of our time and money.
Roll to Disbelieve Turkey Day Super Special! (#14)
Reading Time: 3 minutes Today’s that happy day when Americans celebrate fun, family, and delicious food. Well, theoretically that’s what happens, anyway. If you need to escape, allow me to present you with a bunch of curated posts here today. Find a nice quiet guest bathroom to hunker down in and enjoy these blasts from the past! Let’s get this party started!
Know Jesus, Know Peace/No Jesus, No Peace: That Wasn’t True Either
Reading Time: 11 minutes Christians love to claim that their religion brings believers a state of peace–and not only peace, but a specific sort of peace: a peace that passes all understanding. Over time, this claim became a popular marketing slogan! Today, let me show you what the slogan means, how I tested it, and how it fared in those tests.
Questions About Hell I Never Thought to Ask When I Was Christian
Reading Time: 10 minutes Deconversion opened up a whole new capacity to make observations and ask questions that I’d never imagined while I was Christian. And a lot of those observations and questions came up around the topic of Hell. Join me today for a romp through the stuff about Hell I never even thought about till after leaving Christianity!
Finding Meaning in This “Vale of Tears”
Reading Time: 9 minutes As we approach Thanksgiving here in America, I reflect upon the idea of finding meaning in one’s life. A few years ago, I ran a series on the topic. Well, some folks (as I heard through the social-media grapevine) had expected me to literally lay out instructions for how to find meaning in life. Today’s post might answer that concern. Today, I’ll show you how I found meaning in my own life, and how that process differed from when I was Christian.