Category Archives: Biography

The Handbook: Wishful Thinking in Apologetics.

Today we’re talking about wishful apologetics: those arguments that ache and yearn for an idealized form of Christianity. Special Guest: C.S. Lewis. Continue reading

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Weekend Edition: Stuff I Wish I’d Seen.

There’s a lot of weird stuff lurking in the unread pages of the Bible. Here are some of the strangest stories–ones I wish I’d seen when I was Christian. Continue reading

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The Vast Comfort of Literalism.

Ever wonder how someone converts into fundamentalist or evangelical Christianity? Here’s how I ended up there. Continue reading

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The Handbook: Examining the Evidence.

I wasn’t stupid, willfully-ignorant, or mentally will when I made the decision to become a fundamentalist, and I really don’t like it when someone implies that about anyone. I thought the religion had evidence supporting its claims. On that count I was wrong, and here’s the list of what I was wrong about. Continue reading

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The Handbook: Learning to Move Past Religious Narcissism.

We recently added another line to that cosmic address–did you notice? After “Virgo supercluster,” we now have Laniakea, a galactic supercluster that comprises Virgo and some other local superclusters. Scientists have figured out how to tell what galaxies and groups are part of our galactic supercluster, and in addition and almost as importantly, they finally have a model of it that fits predictions and equations both. And that discovery has spoken to me on a very fundamental level. Continue reading

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The Handbook: Unlearning a Rather Distorted Narcissism.

It’s a seductive storyline. I can’t deny that. It’s powerfully alluring. Just imagine: You’re the klutzy, totally undeserving, inexperienced, vastly underpowered childlike person who catches the eye of some huge, unthinkably powerful, completely in-control and self-possessed being whose monstrous will … Continue reading

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The Handbook: Generalizations and the Mommy Wars.

We talked last time about a minister’s wife who is convinced she knows exactly how to nail this motherhood thing. I wanted to talk a little more about something in it that we only briefly touched on last time: this … Continue reading

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