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What we Know about Abuse by Clergy – For Starters, Homosexual Priests and Modern Sexual Norms are Not the Problem

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Sexual abuse perpetrated and hidden by clergy goes back centuries. A priest with unsupervised access to boys grooms and then molests them. As the pattern becomes undeniable, the primary concern of church leaders is not for the children but for … Continue reading

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Treat True Believers with Humanity, not Contempt

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Even assuming credulity is a weakness, decent people don’t jeer at others who are functioning poorly in some part of life. With religious belief holding such an outsized influence on our society, it is reasonable that atheists, humanists and other … Continue reading

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Evangelical Christianity’s Ten Biggest Mindfucks

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mind·fuck: [ˈmīndˌfək] NOUN. A disturbing or extremely confusing experience, in particular one that is caused by deliberate psychological manipulation. Some stuff people tell you messes with your head if you buy into it. Maybe it’s self-contradictory. Maybe it doesn’t line … Continue reading

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The Righteous and the Woke – Why Evangelicals and Social Justice Warriors Trigger Me in the Same Way

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I was Born Again until nearly the end of graduate school, a sincere Evangelical who went to church on Sunday and Wednesday with my family and to Thursday Bible study on my own. I dialed for converts during the “I … Continue reading

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Six Hints that Baby Jesus Stories were Late Additions to Early Christian Lore

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The wonder-filled birth story of the baby Jesus was centuries in the making. Picture a creche with baby Jesus in a manger and shepherds and angels and three kings and a star over the stable roof. We think of this … Continue reading

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Why I’m Grateful to be a Former Evangelical

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People who leave Evangelical Christianity often carry scars, either from their time in the walled community of believers or from their struggle to break free. Getting God’s self-appointed messengers out of your head can be the work of a lifetime, … Continue reading

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You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself

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Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real.  Most people genuinely care about truth. I don’t mean that we tell the truth all of the time—though most of us mostly do—but that we very … Continue reading

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