Monthly Archives: May 2014

That Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

A few days ago, I was watching a Christopher Hitchens video in which he was asked by a Christian why he spoke out like he did against Christianity’s overreach, and I realized that people who are markedly vocal non-believers get … Continue reading

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The Christian’s Guide to Ex-Christians: Stop Defending Slavery.

Seriously, folks, we’re going to have to be really careful about how we present atrocities to Christians. We thought bringing up slavery would get them to see that the Bible isn’t an eternally-valid prescription for human societies. We were wrong. Continue reading

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The Unequally Yoked Club: Praying for Reconversion.

We haven’t waltzed together into the Unequally Yoked Club for a while, have we? Strike up the music: today I want to talk about something sparked in me by a comment on a progressive Christian blog. My thoughts aren’t particularly … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading Lately Online.

I was going to put these links at the end of various full posts, but I didn’t want them to get lost, so here they are in a semi-organized lump. Here’s what I’m reading lately from the netosphere that I … Continue reading

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Remember that Dover Judge? He’s Just Ruled on Equal Marriage.

We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history. Judge John E. Jones III, Memorandum Opinion, Whitewood v. Wolf, 2014 That’s the last sentence in a … Continue reading

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Silencing Tactics: the Great Joyce Meyer Update

You want to hear something funny? I’ve only rarely had to seriously moderate comments on this blog; y’all are the best community in the world, and I have every reason to think that way. A year into blogging and there’s … Continue reading

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Exiting Far East: Falling Apart.

As I look back at my experience living abroad, brief as it was, one thing that really springs out at me is how secular Japan was. It might have Shinto shrines in its shopping arcades and monasteries sprinkled around its … Continue reading

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Exiting Far East: The Standards of Beauty (Really Aren’t).

Jazz played on the stereo, the notes mingling with nickel-sized snowflakes blowing in through the open windows. I was at a party, one of the first I’d ever attended. I knelt at the coffee table, an unexpected orange in my … Continue reading

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Exiting Far East: The Outsider Test.

Today we’re going to talk about that startling moment when I realized that I applied very different standards of critical evaluation to my own religion compared to other religions–a moment that, ironically, could only happen for me when plunked down … Continue reading

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Exiting Far East: A Mother’s Love.

I’m putting off the planned post about religions to talk briefly about my mother because it is Mother’s Day and I can do that. She’s been dead now for almost fifteen years, and there is only very rarely the day … Continue reading

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