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Conversion via Twitter - The New Yorker
Megan Phelps - Roper on leaving Westboro Baptist Church, the church notorious for picketing funerals.
religion  culture  Twitter  homosexuality  Christianity  de-conversion 
march 2017 by pw201
Infographic: Taking Easter Seriously – Jericho Brisance
"Many Christians read the Easter stories year upon year, as I did for several decades, yet we never compare them in detail. As a consequence, we often do not realize that they are not telling the same story. There are indeed contradictions in the texts, but it is very important to move beyond “mere contradiction” – the issues with our gospels are far more extensive than that. Comparison against the historical record and assessing the gospels for trends of legend development are probably far more crucial. As with many non-believers, I left Christianity specifically because of the Bible, and because I considered and examined its content very seriously indeed."
bible  easter  crucifixion  contradictions  history  Christianity  Religion 
march 2016 by pw201
Ex-Communications – Recovering From Religion - You Are Not Alone
A new blog written by de-converts from various religions. Looks quite interesting so far.
ex-christian  religion  deconversion  christianity 
december 2014 by pw201
In Heaven We’ll All Be Sociopaths
"One question I see tossed around sometimes is how people could be happy in heaven knowing that their loved ones are suffering in hell. It may seem odd, but I never even thought of this problem as an evangelical. It wasn’t until later that I came upon it, already an atheist myself. Curious, I decided to look up how Christian apologists respond to this problem. I have to admit to being kind of horrified by the answers I’ve found."
heaven  hell  religion  sociopath  christianity 
march 2014 by pw201
What Can We Learn About Human Psychology from Christian Apologetics? - Less Wrong
Chris Hallquist tries to work out what's going on with apologetics. It's Less Wrong, so *do* read the comments.
religion  christianity  less-wrong  psychology  apologetics  chris-hallquist 
october 2013 by pw201
Why You Shouldn't Support Operation Christmas Child | Mymumdom
...unless you want to contribute towards evangelical Christian evangelising, of course. But apparently some schools in the UK are collecting shoeboxes of gifts for the Samaritan's Purse organisation without fully realising what they're about.
religion  samaritans-purse  christianity  christmas-child  christmas  evangelism 
october 2013 by pw201
UFOs, Ghosts and a Rising God
Chris Hallquist's debunking of the stories of the resurrection of Jesus is now online. It's a good read. It's mostly a response to popular apologetics on the subject (Habermas, Craig, McDowell and so on) and an argument that the evidence is worse than that for more modern paranormal events which we justly reject (the ghosts and UFOs of the title).
history  william-lane-craig  christianity  jesus  resurrection  apologetics  scepticism  ufo  paranormal  chris-hallquist 
july 2013 by pw201
The Biggest Challenges to Staying Christian
Peter Enns asks his Christian readers for the biggest challenges to staying Christian, and then tells them to be "trans-rational". Adam Lee comments.
religion  de-conversion  christianity  atheism  peter-enns  rationality 
june 2013 by pw201
BBC News - How religions change their mind
How do doctrinal shifts occur in various world religions?
religion  christianity  mormonism  islam  change  doctrine  judaism 
may 2013 by pw201
Top 10 Reasons our Kids Leave Church « Marc5Solas
An American Christian on why they're losing their youth. Obviously, they're not going to say "because it's all lies", but I don't think an atheist has to support the idea that all de-converts thought very hard about it and left on rational grounds.
religion  christianity  de-conversion  atheism 
february 2013 by pw201
Going Soul-o: one young atheist’s week at Christian camp (Day One)
Gay atheist Alex Gabriel went to Soul Survivor, a charismatic Christian festival, and blogged about it (the link is to part one of the series). I went in about 1998, shit was so crazy (to my conservative evangelical eyes) but bits of it were inspirational, and indeed, Alex does find some good things to say about it, but mostly worries about people converting for the wrong reasons (i.e. no reasons at all).
festival  conversion  alex  gabriel  charismatic  christianity  soul-survivor  soul  survivor 
august 2012 by pw201
Ex-Gay Adverts on London Buses | An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy
Peter Ould, who identifies as "post-gay", has some interesting comments on the bus advertisement farrago.
ex-gay  adverts  bus  christianity  peter-ould  religion  homosexuality 
april 2012 by pw201
If Atheists Talked Like Christians… (A Contest)
Reversing some popular Christian sayings. Kind of fun.
parody  funny  atheism  christianity  religion 
april 2012 by pw201
Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face
"So these two women, again with the help of the evangelical activists who are seeking special privilege for Christians, have gone to the European Court of Human Rights claiming that the equality law is wrong and should be changed. The Government has argued that the court's decisions were right and that the law has been correctly applied in both cases. The National Secular Society has made the same argument in an intervention in the case, the only intervener to do so.

This could hardly be more different from arguing that the Christian cross must never be seen in the workplace again, as the newspaper headlines imply."
politics  uk  religion  christianity 
march 2012 by pw201
deconversion | Black, White and Gray
Some Christian sociologists did some research into why people leave, by looking at 50 de-conversion "testimonies". Results: intellectual problems (hell, suffering, reliability of the Bible); God's failure to answer prayer; other Christians responding to doubt in trite or unhelpful ways. Contact with unbelievers wasn't often cited as a cause of de-conversion.
psychology  de-conversion  christianity  religion  sociology 
february 2012 by pw201
Stephen Law vs. William Lane Craig Debate: Argument map » » The Polemical MedicThe Polemical Medic
"there’s lots of debate over who won the Law/Craig debate. Instead of joining that, I though I’d do something niftier: I’ve mapped the whole of the debate in argument form, to give a more intuitive way of seeing how all the arguments and objections interact". This is excellent stuff.
religion  theodicy  philosophy  christianity  atheism  debate  william-lane-craig  stephen-law 
february 2012 by pw201
Evangelism, disbelief, and being 'without excuse' » » The Polemical MedicThe Polemical Medic
"Christians who indulge in evangelism and apologetics often hold to a thesis of disbelief as epistemic pathology – that disbelief is the result of some culpable error of judgment. Such an attitude is a poor fit for the facts and counter productive to the cause of evangelism. Ironically, the urge of these people to pathologize disagreement is diagnostic of their own epistemic pathology." I've mentioned this attitude (inspired by Romans 1) before: Thrasymachus neatly dissects it.
philosophy  epistemology  christianity  religion  apologetics  evangelicalism  evangelism 
february 2012 by pw201
Driscoll & Brierley on Women in Leadership « Cognitive Discopants
Well known complementarian and fan of big strong manly men, Mark Driscoll, recently did an interview with Justin Brierley of Premier Christian Radio. Driscoll came out with a few choice quotes about Christians in the UK (“guys in dresses preaching to grandmas”).

He then had a go at Brierley for going to a church run by a woman (Brierley's wife!) and not believing in penal substitutionary atonement and eternal conscious torment in Hell (Brierley is an annihilationist: we unsaved will be told off and then vapourised rather then being tortured forever). Fun times.
homosexuality  premier  christian  radio  complementarianism  mark-driscoll  religion  church  mark  driscoll  christianity  women  sexism  markdriscoll 
january 2012 by pw201
I Am An Atheist: 16 Things Atheists Need Christians to Know
Some only relevant to Americans, but there are some good general points.
lists  religion  christianity  atheism 
january 2012 by pw201
The return to religion - Telegraph
"Church attendances, in freefall for so long, have started to rise again, particularly in Britain’s capital city. Numbers on the electoral rolls are increasing by well over two per cent every year, while some churches have seen truly dramatic rises in numbers." (The electoral roll of a church is the only way the C of E has of recording membership: they don't really go in for the formal process of the free churches, as it's an established church).

This is interesting, though not sure how good the evidence of a revival is: you've got a couple of anecdotes plus evidence of a positive second derivative (decline is slowing). It's interesting that this is always presented as being about an alternative to shopping and a search for meaning rather than being about the evidence. I suspect that's the way it actually works though, depressingly.
christianity  church-of-england  anglican  c-of-e  telegraph  uk  religion 
january 2012 by pw201
Does the future have a church? | The Briefing
What evangelicals think of the general decline in church attendance in the UK. Their churches are holding their own numerically but not growing, so becoming a smaller percentage of a growing population. However, they're doing better than other Protestant denominations, which will die out as their older members die off. Getting them while they're young is essential for propagating religion, and they worry about the lack of youf in the church. Social trends like cohabiting couples and single parent families are worrying because evangelical churches don't really know how to cope with those people so won't evangelise them effectively. Via the artist formerly known as nlj21.
church  religion  statistics  christianity  uk 
september 2011 by pw201
Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians, Christian News
McDowell is worried: “The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not.” Kind of revealing: McDowell is admitting that if you want to get kids into your religion, you need to get them young enough, before they've been exposed to other ideas.
internet  apologetics  josh-mcdowell  christianity  religion 
july 2011 by pw201
"Have friends who are atheists? Agnostics? Into Wicca? Or New Age?"
Mefi discovers "Dare2Share", which is one of those worldview based Christian evangelism things where they're training Christians to understand other people's worldviews (which is good) as a preamble to converting them to Christianity (which would be bad). I've linked to Mefi rather than the site itself as the Mefites discussion is interesting. The site has cutesy names for their examplars, like "Willow the Wiccan" and "Andy the Atheist", so the Mefi crowd have come up with a few of their own.
metafilter  apologetics  christianity  evangelism  worldview 
april 2011 by pw201
Try Thinking | Here lieth the thoughts of SiânyB
"I do (despite appearances) totally understand the importance of prayer for some people – I know people who use it as a kind of meditation to clear their heads, to unburden their guilt or to enter some kind of celestial lottery of hope. But, given current world events, the message ‘Try Praying’ is a grimly obscuring lens through which to view your surroundings."
religion  culture  advertising  prayer  edinburgh  christianity 
march 2011 by pw201
Hell and linoleum | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |
"What would it feel like to believe that anyone really deserved eternal conscious torment? Is it even humanly possible?" I think that Geoges Rey's "meta-atheism" is correct on this point: most Christians don't anticipate-as-if there's a Hell, though claiming to believe it and still worshipping a monster is bad enough. berneray's comment is good, read that as well.
hell  christianity  religion  andrew-brown 
march 2011 by pw201
William Hague accused of 'anti-Christian' foreign policy - Telegraph
"Cardinal Keith O’Brien accused the Foreign Secretary of doubling overseas aid to Pakistan to more than £445 million without demanding religious freedom for Christians and other religious minorities, such as Shia Muslims. " I think O'Brien has a point: nobody should be coerced into conversion, and it's clear that Christians need some protection from the Religion Of Peace.
religion  politics  aid  pakistan  islam  christianity 
march 2011 by pw201
OK, so remixing videos of Pentecostal services is like shooting fish in a barrel, but you've got to love the person who though of turning it into an 90s video game.
funny  pentecostal  video  youtube  charismatic  christianity 
march 2011 by pw201
Misplaced outrage over High Court “ban” on Christian foster parents | Gavin Drake
Gavin Drake, a Christian journalist, points out that the judgement on foster parents doesn't do what the right wing press think it does (in fact, it does very little at all), and that the Christian Legal Centre are lying bastards (I paraphrase).
religion  clc  christian-legal-centre  law  foster  homosexuality  christianity 
march 2011 by pw201
Stephen Law: The case of the Christian would-be foster parents
"It's not the Christianity that's the obstacle. It's the bigotry (which happens to be religiously motivated)."
bigots  homosexuality  christianity  law  stephen-law 
march 2011 by pw201
Johns & Anor, R (on the application of) v Derby City Council & Anor [2011] EWHC 375 (Admin) (28 February 2011)
The full text of the judgement in the recent case of a dispute between some Pentecostal Christians and Derby Council over whether the Christians' views on homosexuality made them unsuitable to act as foster carers. Paul Diamond, the barrister who takes a lot of these "help! I'm being oppressed!" cases on behalf of bigoted Christians, gets a bit of a kicking from the judges, which is fun. The judges' reasons for their decision, and the limits of it, are worth reading for how they differ from the hysterical reporting in the right wing press.
religion  christianity  foster  law  homosexuality 
march 2011 by pw201
Who is Ray Preaching To? | Unreasonable Faith
Unreasonable Faith, via Jesus Needs New PR, present the standard evangelical gospel, "God has made you sick and commands you to be well", presentation from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (as a commenter on JNNPR says, Jesus likes C-list celebs, L Ron Hubbard has the A-listers). Vorjack notes Ray is utterly unconvincing wonders who Ray's talking to: my guess is cultural Christians who vaguely accept Ray's premises. Even so "Have you ever told a lie? What does that make you?" invites the response "Have you ever told the truth? What does that make you?", I suppose... Perhaps Ray needs a Bad Arguments post of his own.
evangelicalism  evangelism  ray-comfort  kirk-cameron  christianity  religion  sin 
february 2011 by pw201
Awkward ‘Christian tweet’ of the day!? | Jesus Needs New PR
Complementarian bad boy John Piper with a warning for us all (well, those of you who have daughters, at any rate).
complementarianism  john-piper  funny  crazy  christianity  religion  incest  alcohol 
february 2011 by pw201
The 21st Floor » Blog Archive » Another Holy Trinity
The story of Jesus is not much like those of Mithras, Dionysus or Horus, despite what you may have heard. As the author says, Christianity has enough problems with it without making up more. Via andrewducker.
christianity  religion  christmas  jesus  mithras  dionysus  horus 
january 2011 by pw201
The slow, whiny death of British Christianity : Johann Hari
Johann Hari gets all strident neo-toxic sceptical neo-atheist (you missed "shrill" - Ed.): "As their dusty Churches crumble because nobody wants to go there, the few remaining Christians in Britain will only become more angry and uncomprehending." He's right about "whiny", though.
christianity  religion  atheism  secularism  uk  hari  johann-hari 
august 2010 by pw201
Moral Realism in the Bible?
"Most theologians seem to think the Hebrew Bible presupposes a subjective theory of ethics that grounds right and wrong in the nature or attitudes of a person, Yahweh. This is called divine command theory. Bible scholar Jaco Gericke has proposed an alternate view: that some passages of the Bible presuppose objective moral realism, such that right and wrong are grounded in something beyond the attitudes of a person or persons. Under such a view, Yahweh might sometimes be wrong."
bible  morality  philosophy  religion  christianity 
july 2010 by pw201
19 reasons why God torched Jesus
19 reasons why that huge statue of Jesus in America burnt down: best one: "5) He is resin."
jesus  religion  funny  fire  statue  christianity 
june 2010 by pw201
Decoding God's Changing Moods - TIME
You'd think the Abrahamic God would make up his mind — Can he live with other gods or not? What's with the random mood fluctuations?

But the fluctuations aren't really random. If you juxtapose the Abrahamic Scriptures with what scholars have learned about the circumstances surrounding their creation, a pattern appears.
religion  islam  history  christianity  god  culture 
june 2010 by pw201
Searching for Jesus in the Gospels : The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik writes about the historical Jesus and the Jesus of faith, bringing in people like Bart Ehrman and Philip Pullman. Interesting stuff.
religion  christianity  history  jesus  christ  paul  bart-ehrman  ehrman  adam-gopnik  philip-pullman 
may 2010 by pw201
Failing The Insider Test: The Problem of Hell
One of the reasons I'm not a Christian any more is that I realised the God I was being asked to worship was evil. Jeffrey Amos explains what I mean with great clarity, and also addresses the "ah ha, but how do you know what's evil without God, eh?" argument.
hell  god  evil  christianity  religion  morality 
may 2010 by pw201
Curing the gays « Derren Brown Blog
Derren Brown (who's gay, and who used to be a Christian): "I have, however, attended these sorts of church sessions and even courses which set about healing the ‘brokenness’ of homosexuality... I read of such things now and shiver."
derren-brown  gay  homosexuality  christianity  religion  philippa-stroud  sex 
may 2010 by pw201
AlterNet: What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp
Via Metafilter. Comical yet sad stuff: you do end up really feeling for these guys even as you laugh at the silliness of the camps.
homosexuality  religion  christianity  sex  conversion 
april 2010 by pw201
Christian faith and modern British politics, a layman’s view
Mattghg has a post on the role of faith in politics. He mentions an illiberal attitude taken by Labour (they wanted to reverse an amendment which said that discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred). Robhu and I are having an interesting chat in the comments, concerning whether Britain is a Christian country, among other things.
robhu  religion  discrimination  homosexuality  politics  christianity  uk  britain 
april 2010 by pw201
Ireland Archbishop stunned by Dr Rowan Williams' criticism of Catholic Church -Times Online
"The Archbishop of Dublin today said he was "stunned" to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury declare that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of the child abuse scandal." Rowan's peeved at the poaching Pope (and sensibly looking to put some distance between the two churches, by the looks of it).
catholicism  catholic  rowan-williams  anglican  anglicanism  religion  christianity  ireland  children  abuse 
april 2010 by pw201
The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality :: Desiring God
Well known complementarian John Piper explains how God sent a tornado to break the spire of a Lutheran church as a "a gentle but firm" reminder that gay sex is bad. Via a more sensible Christian on Unreasonable Faith.
church  homosexuality  sin  bible  christianity  reformed  sex  gay  piper  lutheran  lolxians 
april 2010 by pw201
The Other Journal at Mars Hill Graduate School :: Worshipping a Flying Teapot? What to Do When Christianity Looks Ridiculous by Randal Rauser
"Restoring Christianity's place as a live intellectual option requires not simply superior rational argumentation, but the restoration of a background framework in which Christian claims seem minimally plausible." One of the few worthwhile articles in The Other Journal's edition on atheism (the others being either Vogon poetry or articles about that nasty Dawkins fellow).
religion  christianity  atheism  teapot 
march 2010 by pw201
Johann Hari: The Pope, the Prophet, and the religious support for evil - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
"What can make tens of millions of people – who are in their daily lives peaceful and compassionate and caring – suddenly want to physically dismember a man for drawing a cartoon, or make excuses for an international criminal conspiracy to protect child-rapists?" Anyone, Bueller, anyone?
atheism  catholic  christianity  culture  evil  fundamentalism  islam  johann-hari  pope  religion  mohammed  cartoons 
march 2010 by pw201
Daryl, The Christian Volunteer | Unreasonable Faith
Darry, the Christian Volunteer, gets a bit more than he bargained for when he sends out a flyer requesting permission for David Thorne's kid to attend a presentation on the true meaning of Easter. An increasingly hilarious and deranged set of emails from Thorne follows: "Also, is it true that Jesus can be stabbed during a sword fight and be ok due to the fact that he can only die if he gets his head chopped off?" No idea whether it's entirely made up (the original site is down, the link is to a comment where there's a copy of the mails), but it's fun anyway...
lolxians  funny  religion  christianity  easter  school 
march 2010 by pw201
Preachers who are not Believers
Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola, a social worker, look into the question of what it's like to be a pastor who doesn't believe in God. They've interviewed 5 closeted non-believing church leaders. Fascinating stuff: Dennett and LaScola write of the pastors' loneliness and conviction that there are many like them. They wonder whether they learned too much: "What gives them this impression that they are far from alone, and how did this strange and sorrowful state of affairs arise? The answer seems to lie in the seminary experience shared by all
our pastors, liberals and literals alike... It is hard if not impossible to square these new facts with the idea that the Bible is in all its particulars a true account of actual events, let alone the inerrant word of God."
christianity  religion  ministers  dennett  daniel-dennett  atheism  de-conversion  bible  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2010 by pw201
Debunking Christianity: Loftus vs Wood Debate: My Opening Statement
"No one would value the opinion of any judge who had a double standard, one for the plaintiff, and a different one for the defendant. Any judge who did that would be placing his thumb on the scales of justice. He wouldn’t be weighing the evidence fairly. And we would object to his ruling. All of us. Tonight I’m going to argue that this is what Christian apologists do when it comes to the evidence for their God."
religion  atheism  christianity  apologetics 
march 2010 by pw201
Persecute me – I’m after the Brownie points | Frank Skinner - Times Online
Frank Skinner (who's a Catholic) on whether Christians are persecuted in the UK. "We’re a bit like Goths — no one can remember us being fashionable and we talk about death a lot. I love the glorious un-coolness of that"
catholic  christian  christianity  church  culture  religion  politics  uk  society  funny 
march 2010 by pw201
Experimental Theology: How Facebook Killed the Church
Richard Beck reckons Facebook killed the radio star, erm, church: "Millennials will report that the "reason" they are leaving the church is due to its perceived hypocrisy or shallowness. My argument is that while this might be the proximate cause the more distal cause is social computing. Already connected Millennials have the luxury to kick the church to the curb. This is the position of strength that other generations did not have. We fussed about the church but, at the end of the day, you went to stay connected. For us, church was Facebook!"
facebook  church  society  religion  christianity  social-networks  generation-y  internet 
march 2010 by pw201
Paul Copan has some sensible thoughts on how to do evangelism. On no account should Christians put any of them into practice.
evangelism  religion  christianity  sin  gospel 
march 2010 by pw201
Dr. Marlene Winell speaks about indoctrination by authoritarian religion
Dr Winell speaks to Valeria Tarico. Winell's experiences and those of her clients were much more traumatic than mine, because their churches really did deserve the "fundamentalist" label, but it's still an interesting video on the psychology of leaving a religion. The part about how if something doesn't work for you it's your fault and you must try harder rang some bells. Via Debunking Christianity.
video  religion  valerie-tarico  indoctrination  hell  rapture  psychology  fundamentalism  christianity 
february 2010 by pw201
Open Mic: What Have We Wrought? |
iMonk links to a short video of Os Guinness on the Biologos site (can anything good come from there?) Guinness says, “In many ways, the new atheists are partly created by the Religious Right. You can see that in America there is no vehement repudiation of religion until recently. In Europe, the atheism is a reaction to corrupt state churches. Here, you’ve never had that until the rise of the Religious Right.” Part of the reaction against religion, he argues, stems from the poor ways people of faith think about science.

The commenters almost immediately tell us that it's not that atheists are annoyed about the corruption of science, it's that we're in league with Satan (though other, more, sensible Christians also disagree with them). I've commented and linked to Suber's logical rudeness paper.
religion  atheism  new-atheism  christianity  science  culture  culture-war 
february 2010 by pw201
Ruth Gledhill - Times Online - WBLG: Gays could soon 'marry' in churches, synagogues
Civil partnerships are like civil weddings: you can't have anything religious in the ceremony. A group of theists is now asking for that restriction to be lifted so they can perform partnership ceremonies in their churches and synagogues. Seems reasonable to me: we wouldn't want to place restrictions on religious freedom, would we? Oddly, the same Anglican bishops who recently defeated an amendment to the Equality Bill providing greater gay rights (previously) also seem to want to prevent other churches from doing what they want.
homosexuality  religion  christianity  judaism  bigot  civil-partnership  anglican  anglicanism  politics 
february 2010 by pw201
Evangelicals warn: women bishops will 'put men off ordination' - Times Online
"They have girl cooties," a spokesman for the Doctrinal Rectitude Trust said today.
evangelicalism  christianity  religion  women  ordination  reformed 
february 2010 by pw201
Suffering and the vain quest for significance - Paula Kirby
Haiti and theodicy: "The idea that any of this has anything at all to do with us, that it was created with us in mind, or that our 'sinfulness' has had any effect whatsoever on the majestic, monumental and utterly indifferent laws of physics, is egotism of the highest order."
haiti  theodicy  religion  suffering  earthquake  christianity 
january 2010 by pw201
Pat Robertson is not unchristian
"This Jesus dude, and the new testament in general, is not all sweetness and light and "love thy brother" though those things definitely appear in more abundance than in the Old Testament. But still, according to the Gospels, Jesus spoke more about hell than about any other subject."
haiti  pat-robertson  hell  christianity  religion  jesus 
january 2010 by pw201
Rebutting Reasonable Faith: Remembering the Lost
"William Lane Craig addresses a question from a Christian who's troubled by one of the most wicked doctrines of that theology, the dogma of Hell. Craig's correspondent wonders whether the saved will feel compassion for the damned, but also worries that it would be a violation of free will for God to erase their memories of their lost loved ones."
atheism  christianity  heaven  religion  hell  william-lane-craig 
december 2009 by pw201
Salvaging Santa « de-conversion
"If we are to save our Santa culture from this insidious secularism that makes mockery of our faith, we need to acknowledge our weaknesses, and adapt to the changing cultural climate. Here are a few suggestions."
parody  funny  religion  christianity  santa  christmas 
december 2009 by pw201
Church recruiting drive targets two-year-olds
The Graun reports that the Church of England is trying to re-connect with children and teenagers, via youth clubs and providing material for the daily act of collective worship (still legally required in state schools, but often quietly ignored). While I think church schools should not get government funding, on the whole, school assembly Anglicanism is a vaccination against more serious sorts of Christianity, so I'm not as worried as the Graun or the commenters.
education  religion  children  c-of-e  church-of-england  anglicanism  christianity 
december 2009 by pw201
Tabloid Watch: You can't upset a 14yo girl with leukaemia any more - it's political correctness gone mad!
The other shoe drops in the "Christian teacher sacked for offering to pray" story (mentioned previously): the parents of the 14 year old with leukaemia have spoken to the press about the teacher's actions. Tabloid Watch links to a bunch of places where it's been reported.
christianity  religion  education 
december 2009 by pw201
Whence Comes God’s Nature?
"God, so we're told, is eternal and unchanging. He is pure reason, pure mind, pure spirit - no physical needs to fulfill, no past history, none of the contingent events that make humana nature what it is. So how is it that he has, just like us, a complex nature with specific likes and dislikes? He did not undergo the process by which human beings acquire their preferences, so where does he get them from? Why does he prefer things one way and not another?"
theology  religion  christianity  atheism 
december 2009 by pw201
Rowan Williams' choice | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |
Andrew Brown kicks some righteous ass: "Under Williams, the church that marries two women who love each other is to be thrown out of the Anglican Communion. The church that would jail them both for life, and would revile and persecute their defenders, stays snugly in his bosom. Not even the Archbishop's remarkable gift for obfuscation can conceal these facts forever."
homosexuality  politics  uganda  uk  religion  christianity  anglicanism  rowan-williams 
december 2009 by pw201
Troy Jollimore on Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’ - Book Review
"Armstrong may perhaps make a plausible claim in asserting that faith, as understood by mainstream religious traditions before the advent of modernity, involved more than “mere” belief in the modern sense; but if the problem with religious life is that it encourages false, absurd, unjustified beliefs, showing that it does other things as well is not sufficient."
religion  philosophy  atheism  karen-armstrong  apophatic  christianity 
december 2009 by pw201
A gay witch hunt in Uganda
Andrew Brown: "A bill currently before the Ugandan parliament (pdf) proposes seven year prison sentences for discussing homosexuality; life imprisonment for homosexual acts; and death for a second offence. Sober observers believe it will be passed. The Anglican church in Uganda appears to support it, and the Church of England in this country is absolutely silent."
homosexuality  morality  anglicanism  religion  christianity  sex  uganda  john-sentamu  sentamu  andrew-brown 
november 2009 by pw201
Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name
Christian commenter on Unreasonable Faith: "All ex-Christians are in league with Satan and are fully aware of it, don’t let yourselves be fooled into believing otherwise." Bugger, I've been rumbled. Time to buy a red cape...
atheism  ex-christian  de-conversion  satan  lolxians  christianity  religion 
november 2009 by pw201
Experimental Theology: Christians and Torture: Part 6, Hell and Torture
Richard Beck over at Experimental Theology has been doing a series of posts on Christian and torture. His survey said: "Christians who believed in a horrific and never-ending hell were more likely to endorse torture. As God tortures so we torture." Unsurprising, perhaps, but interesting to see it backed up by research. In the comments, Beck notes the correlation is not strong, but is significant.
hell  torture  politics  religion  christianity  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
Valerie Tarico: Christian Belief Through The Lens of Cognitive Science: Part 6 of 6
The final part of Tarico's series, which links to the others. "Despite its boundaries, cognitive science, does offer what is rapidly becoming a sufficient explanation for the supernaturalism that underlies organized religion."
christianity  science  religion  brain  psychology  cognitive-bias  cognition 
november 2009 by pw201
Riffs: 11:14:09: Patrol Magazine and Evangelicals Who Won’t “Get Over It”
"It is astonishing that so many intelligent Christians seem to believe there is a deficit in emphasis on evangelism and scriptural literalism, and that, if the hatches are just battened down on a more solid “worldview,” evangelicalism can resume explaining the universe to new generations of believers."
evangelicalism  christianity 
november 2009 by pw201
Valerie Tarico: Speaking Evangelese: Tips for Politicians
Tarico's article on evangelical jargon phrases and dog whistles. Some of these sound familiar
evangelicalism  christianity  politics  religion  jargon  language 
november 2009 by pw201
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