The Evangelical Reckoning That Will Never Happen

 JANUARY 8, 2021 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY Hi and welcome back! After Donald Trump supporters attacked the nation’s Capitol Building on Wednesday, I noticed some evangelical leaders saying there’d be some big ‘reckoning’ due for American evangelicals. It made me laugh. Evangelicals don’t do reckonings. There’ll be no reckoning for them, not even now, not even after all the stunts […]

“Moral Relativism Meets Privilege Theory”

APRIL 16, 2019 BY GENE VEITH In Great Britain, the LGBT+ ideology has free rein.  When a special curriculum promoting that ideology was implemented in Birmingham’s  public schools, conservative Christians didn’t like it, but that carried no weight.  Because of its teachings on transgenderism–that men must be accepted as women if they so choose–British feminists of […]

Christian Games, Incomplete Participation, and Suspension of Disbelief

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY Hi and welcome back! Yesterday, we talked about authoritarian Christians in terms of roleplaying games. And now, I want to show you where the metaphor leads: suspension of disbelief. Authoritarians require complete participation in their Happy Pretendy Fun Time Games. Otherwise, they lose suspension of disbelief and everything goes higgledy-piggledy. Today, let me show you why […]

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter

 SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY THE CONVERSATION By Hebah H. Farrag of University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Ann Gleig of University of Central Florida Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added to this growing list of charges is that it is either irreligious or doing religion wrong. In late […]

A Biblical Worldview: Toxic Christians’ Self-Serving Definition

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY Hi and welcome back! Earlier, we talked about Joe Battaglia’s book Make America Good Again. As we discovered, it’s chock-full of culture-war talking points disguised in a thick slathering of Christianese. So we spent a few days talking about Christianese. For today’s entry, I’d already planned to discuss this phrase. But then, a Christian leader came […]

The Futility of Coercing or Punishing Belief

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 BY GENE VEITH Historically, religions have sometimes used force to compel people to accept their teachings and to punish those who did not.  This has been an issue with Catholicism, with its heretic-burnings and inquisitions, and has sometimes happened in Protestant communities.  Luther, though, opposed coercion and punishment in matters of faith.  Today, […]

Christianese 101: ‘Conviction’

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY Hi and welcome back! For a long time now, I’ve studied Christianese. That’s the jargon that Christians use among themselves — particularly the really fervent and toxic ones, like fundagelicals and Catholic hardliners. Thanks to Christianese, they can be utterly unintelligible to outsiders — or, conversely, can hold an entire conversation […]

‘Christian Love’ Flows As Jen Hatmaker Divorces

 SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY Hi and welcome back! I know nobody’s surprised when we talk about evangelical hypocrisy. They’re soaking in it! However, today’s story might represent one of the more egregious recent examples of that trope. Jen Hatmaker, a popular Christian speaker/author, recently announced her impending divorce. As expected, most people responded with compassion. But […]

America is functionally atheist

 SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 BY FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION By James A. Haught Some jokes reveal truths. Remember the quip that “no Christian wants to go to heaven right now”? Obviously, the hidden truth is that most Christians secretly doubt church promises of paradise. Well, I think secret disbelief goes deeper, saturating most of this “Christian nation.” […]

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