Watch Mike Huckabee contradict the GOP principles of gun control while insulting the decency of society as a whole.
Of all of the negative aspects of religion, I have found none of them to be more profoundly damaging to human dignity and self-respect than the threat of Hell for non-believers.
Read about recent examples of Christians spreading inaccurate stories of religious violence in Africa and Barack Obama’s “secret Muslim agenda”.
Here’s my (satirical-but-all-too-true?) version of the bishop’s anti-Obama “Statement on Religious Liberty”.
Fundamentalists often insist on a required choice between belief in their view of the Bible and an eternity of suffering.
In a nation with 3 million hungry children and 2 million prison inmates, the abolishment of Planned Parenthood seems unreasonable. Once again, religion can be found where reason is lost.
By Frank Schaeffer
The truth is that when it comes to pandering to powerful religious/ethnic “blocs” in the US the biggest game in town is the across the board bowing to the white Evangelical “base” of the Republican Party.
Most religions posit the existence not just of a supernatural realm, but of supernatural persons, with loyalties, preferences and other human psychological qualities including emotions.
Memetics in action.
The latest decal to festoon the windows of cars all over the country is the edgy “NotW” sticker. You may have seen it. It bears the tough-looking lines of any other clothing or car accessory logo.
By Frank Schaeffer
Other boys might have been worrying about baseball; I was worrying about discerning God’s will for my life. Ours was a life of self-examining spiritual intensity.
This was originally a journal entry, but I edited it and decided to share it.
Many of the people I work with in recovering from fundamentalism dread meeting up with contacts from their previous life because it can be so disturbing to be treated as “fallen.”
Imagine a situation where Bibles or Korans are literally the only written texts around. Imagine, too, that schools are virtually all in the hands of sectarian interests.
I know what you’re going through. Really I do. Partly because I’ve been there and partly because you are facing the same things that all of us face.
A federal prosecutor in Michigan says authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree Christian militia after learning “they were prepared to kill.”
This is a transcript of the keynote address at the annual meetings of the Eremos Institute of Australian Spirituality in Sydney, 1996. In the talk, Winell addressed the need to understand spirituality more broadly and to find ways to experience spirituality in daily life.
Occasionally, there is an issue that seems to come up regularly with clients. Recently the topic has been a lingering fear of hell. I invited one client to comment on the way he was dealt with this, and he was kind enough to share with you these thoughts. I invite you to also email me with the methods you have developed to deal with this fear.
I have to admit, for years I had wondered how anyone could defend homosexuality in light of certain passages of the Bible. But that was before 2004, when I did an honest study of those passages and discovered misinterpretations and before I learned that several words in those passages are almost certainly mistranslated.
My historical studies reveal today’s church views on sex have more to do with Greco-Roman Platonism and Augustine’s warped perspective—despite his wisdom on other topics—than a rational reading of scripture.
Palin is on a mission from God and she’s fighting a spiritual war. While that may sound extreme, it is exactly the mindset she has. It fits the bible-believing fundamentalist/evangelical subculture she is part of and it fits her language and behavior. Most people who have not been a “born-again” true believer do not realize what all of this really means.
Colleen Sutherland, you could say, is my alter ego; the main character in my book The Brimstone Legacy. She is the new student at Brimstone Biblical Academy who just doesn’t quite fit in, much like me at her age.
I learned one of the warped mindsets of heavily financed political activism is an us vs. them mentality. Today, this attitude continues to fuel the Christian Right in their quest to save America from moral depravity and reclaim it for Christ.
Biblical creationism, repositioned as creation science and most recently intelligent design has lost the contest of ideas on all counts: the rules, the criteria and the judging. It doesn’t follow the scientific method; it doesn’t allow us to explain, predict, and control better; and the jury of relevant experts keeps returning the same verdict.
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and author of the new novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, discusses mind-body problems with her husband, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.
Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, explains exactly what constitutes a Bible based marriage.
As a brand-new believer in 1979 I tended to accept the pre-tribulation Rapture view that the Bible predicts Jesus would return a second time before a period of tribulation, to whisk believers up to heaven and leave unbelievers behind to face seven years of apocalyptic trials.
With some notable exceptions, most evangelicals I know primarily read the Bible devotionally, meaning they read it in a superficial way without regard to the conditions of history, culture, genre, or its own literary context. They also believe it is the infallible Word of God and expect God to speak to them personally through its message.
Surprise! Jesus didn’t found an institutional church. For that matter, he didn’t found a religion either. He also didn’t expect his followers to set up a Christian version of the synagogue, let alone create a parallel Christian universe where microbrews are banned.
By Michael Camp
OK, I confess. There are only nine lessons, but ten sounds better.
A quest for a reasoned faith based on honest questioning. That was largely what my 25-year sojourn in evangelicalism was about.
I just realized a new, deeper level of understanding of my anger towards my family, and it has shaken me up.
I am the black sheep, the exchristian. ALL the other family members are still fundamentalist believers – my parents and five siblings, with two doing missionary work.
by Frank Schaeffer
“You are like the Pharisees I used to know and who strained out the least gnat of others’ so-called misbehavior while turning a blind eye to their own wickedness, hypocrisy and lies. Remember my sayings about taking the beam out of your own eye before removing the speck from your brother’s?”
This is a video of a children’s seminar run by the creationist group Answers in Genesis. The group’s founder, Ken Ham, indoctrinates thousands of children every year into fundamentalist creationist thinking.
By Frank Schaeffer
Here’s the Prologue for recoveringfundamentalists.com Contributor Frank Schaeffer’s new book Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism). Read the prologue to discover why this book may not be what you expect.
By Drew Stedman
I went to a Christian High School where I was taught young-earth creationism in science class. Here’s what I learned then and what I know now.
Most modern Christians allow women to speak in church. Some of them even go out to Red Lobster for Sunday dinner! Isn’t it about time we got back to Biblical principles… like punishing this abomination by death?
By Drew Stedman
Much of Christianity condemns homosexuality. Is this righteous stand bearing the fruit of good works? Sure. If you consider suicide a good thing.
By Drew Stedman
Is homosexuality a choice? Does it occur in nature? It can’t lead to procreation so it must be unnatural right? This post includes portions of a conversation with a fundamentalist who believes that homosexuality is a sin. This will be part of an ongoing challenge to the traditional arguments used in favor of regarding homosexuality as sinful and damaging to society.