Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s a clever Christian loophole: if you want a quick trip to heaven but suicide is against the rules, murder someone and ask for forgiveness.
Reading Time: 4 minutes When I learned that Philip Nitschke, founder of the euthanasia group Exit International, was about to try his hand at stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, my immediate reaction was “about time too.” Six years earlier, during a controversial suicide workshop I attended in Brighton, on the south coast of Britain, the […]
Reading Time: 11 minutes Hello and welcome! A few months ago, we talked about evangelicals’ reckoning with mental illness in their ranks. One flavor of Christianity seems especially vulnerable to this problem, too: bro-dude Christians. Today, let me show you what bro-dude Christianity is — and how it’s made toxic Christianity even worse. (Disclaimer: Today, we discuss toxic Christianity. Obviously, quite a […]
Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! The showdown at Ashton continues today in Frank Peretti’s novel This Present Darkness. In this installment, we learn the final fate of Bernice’s sister Pat. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the ghastly fate of Pat Krueger — a fate that sounds all too evangelical. (Please click here to find the master list of […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Being gay or in any way sexually different can be a real challenge for people who live in religious communities, and it appears that the higher the religiosity, the more challenging this will be. The BBC recently reported on the phenomenon of homelessness in the context of those who have come out as LGBT: Nearly […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute Todd Almighty has been feeling less and less relevant these days. With a decreasing number of followers, it has been difficult to keep his spirits up.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Now, you’d think that sensible salespeople would want to avoid making promises they can’t possibly keep. Alas for Christians, these promises are so much a part of their overall sales pitch that they can’t. Join me for a look at false promises, and why they devastate Christian evangelism attempts.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about. To give some background, The Suicide Act 1961 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It decriminalised the act of suicide in England and Wales so that those who failed in the attempt to kill themselves would no longer be prosecuted (it was never a crime under Scots […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a paper from last month, “Association of Religiosity With Sexual Minority Suicide Ideation and Attempt”, a significant link between anti-LGBT religious teaching and suicide in LGB youth whose religion is important to them was found. This was published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Details can be found below: Introduction The purpose of […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes There’s this charming little moment in the 1983 animated masterpiece-of-nuttery Rock & Rule that really brings home just how far a villain will go to see him- or herself as anything but the bad guy. I found myself thinking of that moment this week when I heard about a recent news story that gave the world yet another reason to distrust and distance ourselves from Christians.