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The Cult of Before Stories: Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth.

If she must teem, Create her child of spleen, that it may live And be a thwart disnatur’d torment to her! Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth, With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks, Turn all … Continue reading

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I’m Still Not a Francis Fangirl.

I’m still not a Pope Francis fangirl. Here’s why. 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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The Cult of Before Stories: Shane Hayes, Part 1.

A while ago, Kirk Cameron popularized a fairly-new evangelism technique: claiming that he knows all about atheism because he, himself, was once an (gasp! Shock! OMG!) atheist. He thought it gave him some kind of leg up on authority and … Continue reading

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Why They Lie.

(CN: Religious overreach, movie/book spoilers about Hot Fuzz and Watership Down.) The movie Hot Fuzz had one element in it that really weirded me out. And I’d better not be spoiling this for you: the bad guys in the movie … Continue reading

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The Truth That Wasn’t There.

I have a real fascination with stories of liars who get found out. Today I want to talk about why these denouements are important to tell. Before we start, though, I want you to picture in your mind these things: … Continue reading

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The Cult of “Before” Stories: From Witchcraft to Christ.

Way back in the 1970s, a British Christian named Doreen Irvine wrote From Witchcraft to Christ. It was supposedly her “sensational true story of a woman rescued from Satan’s grasp by the power of God,” according to its tagline. And … Continue reading

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When the Scam Ends.

“There’s one born every minute,” the consummate showman P.T. Barnum said once, and that saying goes double for religious scams. The implication is that for every one of those every-ones born every minute, there is a person who is happy … Continue reading

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The Cult of “Before” Stories Got a New Member Last Month.

One of my earliest blog entries, A Cult of “Before” Stories, remains one of the most-often-viewed pages on the entire blog (thanks, RationalWiki readers!). It was about how my preacher ex-husband Biff, as well as other Christians including the very … Continue reading

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A Cult of “Before” Stories.

A long time ago, in the 70s and 80s, a comedian named Mike Warnke blasted onto the Christian scene. I even had some of his albums–back before YouTube when comedians put out actual records and tapes and people bought them … Continue reading

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