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Posted inCritical thinking

What a skeptic is—and isn’t

Reading Time: 6 minutes Countless Herman Cain Award winners who died for a(n anti-vaxxer) lie. A YouTuber who leapt to the only logical explanation for a spooky clip: a ‘paranormal entity.’ And countless Christians giving their testimonies about converting to their religion through the usual logical fallacy-riddled bad arguments and emotional manipulation. They all have one thing in common: they all proclaim to be skeptics. They definitely want their audiences to think so, too. But they aren’t. In reality, they don’t even know what a skeptic is, nor how to think like one.

Posted inReligion

‘Atheist Overreach’ Blames the Wrong People

Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! Yesterday, we checked out the 2019 book Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can’t Deliver by Christian Smith. Amazingly, we didn’t even get past the title of the book. Today, we dive into the book’s introduction — where we discover that yes, indeed, we can judge a book by its cover. Let me show you how […]

Posted inReligion

Unchurched: My Actual ‘Sticking Points’ Don’t Look Like These

Reading Time: 10 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about Lee Strobel’s 1993 Christian book, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. In this book, Strobel offers his evangelical followers a peek into the minds of those outside their church bubbles. Ostensibly, he offers these insights along with strategies for recruiting those folks — though the insights […]

Posted inGeneral

The Boss From Hell in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #129, Ch. 17)

Reading Time: 10 minutes In Frank Peretti’s motherlode of bad writing, This Present Darkness, the author frequently reveals his lack of familiarity with his own tribal enemies. This time, that unfamiliarity hits its peak as he fumbles his way through a cringeworthy scene with one of the novel’s villains. It turns out that the Boss from Hell is a grade-A scenery-chewer! So today, Lord Snow Presides over the Boss from Hell in This Present Darkness.

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