Tag Archives: Evangelical Christianity

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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How Unusual Events Trick Us into Believing in Miracles

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 “The really unusual day would be where nothing unusual happens.” –Persi Diaconis  Part 6 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 5 here.) One reason belief in miracles persists is … Continue reading

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Evangelicals Don’t Have a Brand Problem, They Have a Product Problem

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Real soul searching would mean asking what it is about the Evangelical worldview that has made Evangelical leaders and ordinary Bible-believers susceptible to courtship by authoritarian, bigoted, sexist, tribal, unaccountable, entitled anti-intellectuals who dangle the carrot of theocracy. 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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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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