Reading Time: 9 minutes By now, Christians consider axiomatic the notion that literally everyone on the planet needs their product. That means everyone. Everyone, without exception, not only benefits from their product but needs it as an imperative for life itself. In their minds, non-Christians just don’t understand what a necessity we lack! We don’t comprehend what a loss we suffer! But don’t worry! TRUE CHRISTIANS™ stand at the ready in various divinely-mandated mission roles to clarify that loss for us! Ain’t we the luckiest lil duckies ever?
Reading Time: 11 minutes Last time we met up, I showed you yet more bad news for Christian leaders: their troops seem singularly unwilling to obey their demands. Today, I’ll show you why they balk so much, and how this scandalous state of affairs affects their religion’s chances of regaining dominance.
Reading Time: 8 minutes We’ve been talking lately about the rash of church closures in America. A figure of 6,000-10,000 closings a year began circulating online recently, and it’s got a lot of Christians in a tizzy! Well, today let’s see what their big grand plan is to reverse that trend. (Spoiler: What they’re suggesting won’t help, and I’ll show you why, too!)
Reading Time: 8 minutes Recently, I mentioned a startling figure making the rounds in Christian-Land: this notion that 6000-10000 churches per year close in the United States. At the time, I couldn’t find the source for the figure. Today, though, I want to dive into it and see where it comes from, if I can, and figure out if it’s accurate. Then we’ll look at what it means.
Reading Time: 11 minutes A funny thing happens when Christians learn that their favorite tactics backfire hard when trotted out on actual prospects. One large group of Christians drops the failed strategy with relief. Another group, however, drills down harder on it. I’m going to show you one of the folks in that second group, and we’ll take a close look at his reasons for clinging to the technique he likes best.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Alas for them, this phrase–I’ll pray for you!–fails on a number of fronts. I’m going to decode this salvo for you today, and show you what it says about Christians that they absolutely, positively would never, ever want us to know.
Reading Time: 11 minutes I literally didn’t notice the Bible’s most troublesome passages. I don’t even think I was even capable of noticing them. At the time, I suffered from a malady that appears to strike many Christians: antiprocess. I was reading the words and seeing the pages, sure, but I wasn’t able to clearly perceive what they said. Through antiprocess, I protected myself from a confrontation with some truly challenging new ideas and contradictory information. Here’s how I did it–and why I had to do it.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Kim Davis is from a family of super-duper-fervent Christians in a super-duper-religious town, but she claims that her new birth only happened a few years ago for the very first time. As a result of her new birth, she is totally changed and a whole different person, and all her transgressions are forgotten. Indeed, it bothers her that people think she’s a total hypocrite. She’s indignant about it–and hates that while “God” has forgotten her past, people keep bringing it up. And I wonder who is fooled by this blatantly self-serving assertion of hers. Fundagelical Christians like her like to say that the second they are converted, anything that happened previously is off-limits. They are “born again,” in a very real sense: new creations, totally different people. Today I want to talk about how wrong this idea is, and why it only serves to further fundagelical interests and promote abuse. I’ll start by discussing Fireproof, that awful Christian movie I reviewed recently.