Top 20 Most Popular

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Of the 400+ articles and recordings by Valerie Tarico collected here, these  20 are among the most popular. The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, together receiving over 2 million views and tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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What the Bible Says about Prayer. Versus Reality.

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The Bible makes some rather bold claims about prayer.  How well do they hold up? (Part 1 of a 4 part series). Does prayer—like it’s taught in biblical Christianity–actually work?  That all depends on what you’re looking for. Prayer can … Continue reading

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Dear Christian, No, I Don’t Hate You. Here is What I do Hate.

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On the important difference between hating bad ideas and hating people. As a former Evangelical Christian, I write critically—even harshly—about biblical Christianity, the kind that treats the Bible as if it were the literally-perfect word of God. I also write … Continue reading

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Southern Poverty Law Center Puts Muslim Reformer and Ex-Muslim Atheist in “Field Guide”

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In a misguided attempt to protect Muslims from bigotry and harm, the venerable Southern Poverty Law Center has gone off the rails—so say former Muslims and moderate Muslims working for reform within their own communities.  The SPLC has a long … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Love and Partnership for Two College-Age Daughters

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A mom, on her 25th anniversary, offers her daughters some scraps of advice. September 1, 2016: I’m sitting at the dining room table wrapped in a too-big fleece that was hanging on my hook in the hall, one that belongs … Continue reading

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Pray Those Abortions Away

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Just imagine if Christians prayed these prayers and God answered. Every fall and spring, anti-abortion activists step up protests during a time that they call 40 Days for Life and clinic staff call 40 Days of Harassment—or simply 40 Days … Continue reading

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Hey Young Women – Think Twice about Changing Your Name

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Imagine a female presidential candidate whose name reminds people of her independent existence rather than her marital status. Much of America appears to think that Bill Clinton is up for a third term—that Hillary in the Oval Office is really a … Continue reading

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Addicted to Christianity?  Former Christians Say Yes and No 

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Your results may vary. A generation ago, most people—even those who were not religious—thought of religion as mostly beneficial or at least harmless. But these days opinions are more mixed—with good reason. On the political stage, conservative Christians quote chapter … Continue reading

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