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Posted inUncategorized

The False Claims of ‘The Secret’

Reading Time: 11 minutes The creator of The Secret, Rhonda Byrne, taught woo enthusiasts they could think themselves rich, healthy, and happy. And she did so using some really reprehensible and sketchy science-based and historical claims. Today, let’s look at some of those false claims.

Posted inReligion

Finally Something Sensible: The Soothing Familiarity of Pseudo-Archaeology

Reading Time: 11 minutes When a Christian leaves Christianity, they often still suffer from the indoctrinated worldview that made them Christians in the first place. If an ex-Christian doesn’t resolve those lies, then they’re at risk for falling into something just as bad (if not worse!). Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: a Christian who deconverted, then fell into a group devoted to pseudo-archaeology.

Posted inLGBTQ, Religion

The National Day of Grandstanding and How It Fails

Reading Time: 9 minutes Last time, I uncovered some interesting links between the National Day of Prayer (NDP) and the Red Scare manufactured by the Religious Right in the 1950s. Today I want to touch on how the “holiday” is practiced in the modern day. This manufactured holiday–such as it is–is nothing less than a perfect symptom of the coming downfall of the religion that its biggest proponents seek to protect and enshrine into power.

Posted inReligion

How Lying for Jesus Became So Common.

Reading Time: 10 minutes Last time we talked, I mentioned three examples of blatantly obvious lies told by Christians who clearly expected everyone to nod, smile, and let them get away with their dishonesty. These lies weren’t accidents or simple errors in judgment. They (and all the ones like them) happened because right-wing Christian culture has become a mixing-bowl full of noxious elements that have combined to produce a mindset that finds dishonesty acceptable and even laudable. Today we’ll go over what some of those elements are and how they fit into what we’re seeing in the news lately.

Posted inGeneral

Expertise, Apologetics, and David Marshall.

Reading Time: 8 minutes Recently I ran into this debate between David Marshall and Richard Carrier regarding whether or not belief in Christianity is “reasonable.” It got me thinking about apologetics generally, and about this new name specifically because I’d never even heard of him till now. Today I want to talk about how apologetics plays into right-wing Christians’ distrust of education and credentials, and what David Marshall’s brand of apologetics represents in the religion.

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