Reading Time: 11 minutes In the wake of some high-profile deconversions, toxic Christians have begun to notice ex-timonies again. And as usual, the Christian love flows freely from their spewholes. Today, let me show you some of their reactions–and what those reactions reveal about the fight of their lives.
How ‘Christian Peace’ Becomes a Marketing Tactic
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let me show you the dark side of the false promise of Christian peace: a false division between what Christians think they have versus what they think non-Christians can attain.
The Argument from “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”
Reading Time: 8 minutes I can see why so many Christian leaders dislike this line of thinking. Feelings–the feelings that spring forth from being loved by a divine parent–represent a profound form of evidence for many Christians, but anybody who’s been Christian for long already knows exactly why feelings constitute a uniquely fallible and unstable base for faith in anything.
Before the Cult of “Before” Stories: Tricking Authoritarians
Reading Time: 12 minutes I came face-to-face with two completely untrue beliefs I held: that my god transformed people upon conversion, and that Christians would never lie while representing that god. Hooboy, don’t ya just have to laugh sometimes? I was so innocent. So this story is about how my then-husband Biff arrived at that dais to lie for Jesus. To get there, he had to fool a whole lot of people–and that is exactly what he did. Today, let me tell you what happened right before that devastating night.
THROWDOWN: Ex-Atheist Testimonies vs. Ex-Satanist Testimonies
Reading Time: 8 minutes Today, I’ll show you the shared features of these two popular testimony styles, and which testimony I think wins the fight for Christians’ attention and money–for now.
Can Christians Restart the Satanic Panic?
Reading Time: 8 minutes Last time, we looked at the dishonest testimony of a totally-for-realsies ex-Satanist turned evangelist, John Ramirez. But we noticed a worrisome trend in the new crop of similar testimonies, and we must ask: Did Christians love the Satanic Panic so much that they’re trying their best to restart it? And can they restart a moral panic that ended so long ago? Well, we’re going to see if we can find answers to those questions.
John Ramirez Is Trying SO HARD to Bring Back the Satanic Panic
Reading Time: 12 minutes The other day, I ran across a mention of John Ramirez. He’s trying his very best to bring back the Satanic Panic, y’all! Today, I’ll show you his testimony, and outline why it appeals to Christians so much–but also why it raises suspicions.
What Ed Stetzer Thinks He Knows About Platforms (Is Wrong, As Usual)
Reading Time: 11 minutes Today, we look at yet another Christian who shows us exactly why his religion is struggling like it is. More than that, even, Ed Stetzer gives us a blueprint for his embattled tribe’s response strategy, and with it, perhaps a little hope for the future.
The No True Scotsman and Christians’ Version of Atheism
Reading Time: 10 minutes I’ll show you what this fallacy is, why and how Christians use it, and why we’re in the right to reject both their mislabeling of atheism and their negation of us.
Trendy Testimonies: Why Christians Keep Saying They’re Ex-Atheists
Reading Time: 10 minutes Christians might want to help ease or (in their wildest dreams) reverse their decade-long decline, but even more than that, they want to do it without changing anything they’re doing. As a result, conjobs in the religion still pursue the same strategies their predecessors did in the 1970s and 1980s. Today we’re going to look at the super-trendy Christian testimony these days, and why it works so grandly at fooling today’s Christians.