Tag Archives: Southern Baptist Convention

The Handbook: The Second Big Mistake Apologists Make.

Last time we talked about apologists, we talked about their first big mistake: that they start with a conclusion and find some kind of logic that will get them to that conclusion. That’s called arguing top-down. In bottom-up arguing, one … Continue reading

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Their Way or the Highway.

My friend Neil’s been talking lately over at Godless in Dixie about some brouhaha going on in the Southern Baptist Convention that’s been percolating in the religious-world news, and I wanted to talk about it a bit today. (But first: … Continue reading

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Consolidation and the Dwindling of Belief.

I saw this really interesting piece about “church cannibalism” and it ties into something else I was reading about the dwindling of religious belief in America. What these two stories tell me is that Americans are steadily becoming less religiously … Continue reading

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Oh Noes! A Baptism Drought!

Whenever I talk about Christianity’s drop in numbers, inevitably there’s going to be some fundagelical Christian somewhere who is absolutely convinced that actually no, their religion is doing awesome, it’s just bangerz numbers, and any day now they’ll have the … Continue reading

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The Sand’s Just Fine.

When Rachel Held Evans wrote her beautifully moving piece in the wake of the World Vision brouhaha, How Evangelicals Won a Culture War And Lost a Generation, it was a cry from the heart: she, like many other evangelicals, has … Continue reading

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A “God’s Not Dead” Retrospective: The Day I Debated the M.Div. Dean of My College.

The backlash continues against that stupid movie God’s Not Dead (which is at this point rounding 20% on Rotten Tomatoes’ review site and a 16% on Metacritic). Christians defend it to the skies–check out the responses to the reviews posted … Continue reading

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I Don’t Think This Is How Jesus Loved the Little Children.

(TW: Child abuse.) Meet 35-year-old dipshit and criminal Robert David Wright, who was a youth pastor. You’re already cringing, aren’t you? You know what’s coming. And you’re right. Or maybe not right enough. Robert David Wright’s home computer was found … Continue reading

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Things The Bible Doesn’t Talk About (Like PTSD).

It’s been another of those weeks where this blog seems to have an embarrassment of riches in the “Christians Behaving Badly” department. This is another of those stories I think about when people try to head into “aww, what’s the … Continue reading

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Why is Christian Media So Awful?

I’m going to confess right now that I’m a bit of a music virgin. But I have an excuse. When I was 16, remember, I converted from Catholicism to the Southern Baptist Convention, and a few months later to Pentecostalism. … Continue reading

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Leopards don’t change their stripes.

One of the things I’ve heard Christians say over and over is that without God, nobody can possibly be “good.” A non-Christian is, they say, immoral, far more likely to commit a crime, and far less trustworthy. The implication is … Continue reading

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