Monthly Archives: January 2015

What We Can Learn About Atheists from Atheist-Whisperer Bo Wagner.

Last time we talked, we covered a “satirical” straw man essay written by a Baptist pastor, Bo Wagner, about a fictional atheist. A pity he doesn’t actually know what satire is, any more than he knows what atheism is. Today … Continue reading

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The Handbook: Understanding the Straw Man.

Christians are very, very fond of telling everybody who’ll listen that they just love non-believers. Oh my, they just love us to death. But if they keep talking, a curious thing happens: they show us exactly what they’re really thinking. Continue reading

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A Particularly Ugly Episode in the Christian Culture Wars.

It’s been a rather mind-blowing week over in Christian Bizarro-land. The anniversary of the landmark decision Roe v. Wade was coming up, and it happened to coincide with the start of a legislative session in Congress, so naturally there’s been quite a lot of grandstanding and showboating going on as Christianist politicians and religious leaders alike jockey to demonstrate who loves fetuses the most. Continue reading

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The Handbook: Soaking in a Bubble Bath.

We’ve talked here about the “Christian bubble.” The Christian bubble is an insular world with its own customs, language, in-jokes, references, worldview, attitudes, and social customs–a world that only very minimally touches upon the real world that non-Christians inhabit. Today I want to devote more time to the idea. Continue reading

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A Shocking Twist in the Old Story of Lying for Jesus.

The second a Christian gets converted, the impulse is often to share the story of that conversion with the whole wide world and everybody in it who’ll stand still long enough to listen to the tale. Nearly all o these narratives are bullshit to one extent or another. Continue reading

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Creationism: Living and Learning.

Life is a never-ending process of living and learning. In the mid-1980s, I learned to avoid baby-powder-scented feminine hygiene products. In the mid-1990s, I learned that there was no way whatsoever that Christianity could be an objectively factual religion. Last … Continue reading

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The Handbook: Recognizing When the Gas Lights Have Dimmed.

Do you know what gaslighting is? Here is how to identify this common religious-abuse tactic and–hopefully–escape from it. Continue reading

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