I ran across this trailer for a new documentary on Discovery, about Hillsong Church. We used to listen to and perform music from them all the time, back when I was religious. One line (taken completely out of context, I’m sure) from the trailer: “There’s a fine line between cult and culture.” I’m not sure… Continue reading A Fine Line between Cult and Culture
Often the Bible presents us with a quid pro quo: worship God, and your life will be good; reject him, and you will suffer. This flies in the face of the idea that God is love, that he “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous… Continue reading Plausible Deniability
As Christians we always used to talk about unconditional love, divine love, so-called Agape love. God loved us SOoooo MUCH that he had himself incarnated and executed in a most ostentatious manner on our behalf so that he wouldn’t have to kill us, even while we were still his enemies.
I do not react with a sad emoji or respond with angry or dismissive comments when you post stuff on your timeline pushing your religious beliefs. I hope I have never done so, even though I have legitimate reasons to feel both sad and angry about those toxic memes. So when you respond with a… Continue reading Fundie Entitlement
A meme, seen on Facebook: So many folks talk about how they’re being “forced to accept” things that go against their beliefs. You’re not being forced to accept them. If you have a problem with people of color, with gay marriage, with trans people, with immigrants, with women of any race, then you’re still welcome… Continue reading Forced to Accept
I saw that Prophet of Zod has a new video up yesterday, “Are Pokemon Demonic? (Part 1 – feat Suris).” I haven’t watched the video (yet), but I have a few thoughts.
About a month ago, I wrote about A Crisis of Healthy Skepticism. I pointed out that we can often verify or disconfirm information with a 15-second Google search. But when I was a Christian fundamentalist, we never took advantage of that 15 seconds if it could challenge our pre-existing beliefs because we so needed to… Continue reading Disconfirming the Second Coming
There’s a “Dear Facebook friend” meme that has been making the rounds in Christian fundamentalist circles for a couple of years now. I ran across it recently. If you haven’t lived in this world, you may not know how to parse the toxic repackaging woven throughout this narrative. If you have, it may trigger you.… Continue reading Dear Evangelical Friend
I recently ran across this song, originally performed by the David Crowder Band, which we used to sing in church all the time. It was a big hit, especially for our kids (thanks to Hillsong Kids). Every move I make, I make in You.You make me move, Jesus.Every breath I take, I breathe in You.… Continue reading Every Move I Make
Peaceful protesters were tear-gassed in Lafayette Park so that Donald Trump could have a photo-op with a Bible outside St. John’s Episcopal Church. Said Rev. Gini Gerbasi: “I was coughing with tear gas in my clergy collar, and my gray hair, and my old lady reading glasses, so that that man could stand there and… Continue reading Please Don’t Actually Follow the Bible