Frank Schaeffer discusses Mitt Romney’s punch-the-token-gay fiasco.
The latest EP from Recovering Fundamentalists co-founder Drew Stedman explores the contradictions of faith and the beauty of truth.
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 Recovering Fundamentalists founder Drew Stedman’s story of recovery from evangelical fundamentalism.
Check out highlights from the Reason Rally on the National Mall.
Recovering Fundamentalists Co-Founder Drew Stedman will appear on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live on August 7, 2011 to discuss his personal experiences with exorcisms.
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.
This series will focus on some of the many errors within the Bible in the hope that those who are questioning these beliefs will find the information helpful.
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.
Jim Etchison discusses the three factors leading to American beliefs in a skewed version of history.
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 Valerie Tarico
My high school literature teacher said that any plot can be reduced to one of three basic conflicts: Man against nature, man against man, or man against self.
When having honest discussions with Christians, I’ve heard many times that they feel the universe is a more beautiful place because God is in it. What we deem as beautiful is often a result of what we’ve been conditioned to think is beautiful.
Watch music videos for the first two tracks off of Recovering Fundamentalists co-founder Drew Stedman’s upcoming EP “If the Fires Exist”.
The universe is very very very very very big.
Therefore it is very very very very very old.
Read about how we know this…
Like many of you, I left my faith with an abiding mistrust of religion. But since I had been listening for decades to a man talk from behind a pulpit, those teachings made a significant dent in my thinking.
I eventually realized that I had been severely misguided when it came to science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recovering Fundamentalists needs your help. We are experiencing tremendous response to our new recovery program. There are a lot of people suffering from abusive religious backgrounds. They need to know that we are here to help. Find out how you can help us reach these people.
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.
The first video explains the Theory of Evolution in simple terms. A must for anyone who is confused by what the Theory is, what it means, and why it’s taught in classrooms. The following 2 videos explain natural selection and human evolution.
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 Dr. Marlene Winell
I get this question so frequently, I’ve decided to make a better effort to reply. To be honest, I don’t like the question because it presumes we know what those words mean. Here are some responses, touching on more or less serious aspects of the topic.
This video explains the Big Bang in layman terms in under 10 minutes.
More content explaining the intricacies of the bullet points of the video will be added soon.
Does there truly exist an insuperable contradiction between religion and science? Can religion be superseded by science? The answers to these questions have, for centuries, given rise to considerable dispute and, indeed, bitter fighting. Yet, in my own mind there can be no doubt that in both cases a dispassionate consideration can only lead to a negative answer.
Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development.
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.