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
Drew McCoy over at Genetically Modified Skeptic took a free Evangelical course about atheism, which turned out just to be a series of short videos by Greg Koukl repeating some of the same disinformation that we used to disseminate when I was an Evangelical Christian. This is a video that I would so love to… Continue reading The Apologist’s True Mission
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
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.” ~ Luke 14:26 Someone recently asked me how many people among a person’s friends and family need to be gay before being gay becomes okay. This was… Continue reading How Much until Being Gay Is Okay?
Ran across this perennial social-media favorite, on Facebook, about Christian voters: It’s a little unfair to describe them as “Christian voters,” though. Really, these are Christian nationalist voters. (Most progressive voters are also Christian. Don’t they count? Joe Biden is a Christain, for crying out loud, to the point that it annoys me.) The Christian… Continue reading Christian Nationalist Voters