I do not recognize my experiences in this belligerent fundagelical’s listicle. But that’s kind of the point, in a way.
The reason evangelicals invented complementarianism was to win a denominational slapfight. That’s it. The architects of it just wanted to demolish feminism. So they simply did not care how complementarianism would play out in the everyday lives of their increasingly-authoritarian flocks.
Testimonies, in Christianity, are short anecdotes about how Christians came to believe the various claims made by their flavor of the religion. They’ve been on my mind lately because not long ago, a Christian told me that he thought Christian testimonies constituted valid and very real evidence for Christians’ claims. Read more…
Studies have repeatedly shown that when we have an emotional feeling about a claim, we tend to react to it way differently than if it’s neutral for us. In particular, if the claim challenges our worldview or makes us feel criticized or less-than, we tend to reject it out of hand no matter how much evidence it has to support itself. It’s really hard for us to engage with an idea that makes us feel that way, and even harder for us to change our mind about it.
Y’all, I got to feeling helpful. And I wondered what the Book of Revelation really says about solving conflicts. So today, we’re going to whisk through one of the weirdest books in the entire Bible to see what it REALLY tells evangelicals to do.
Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve finally found an evangelical who thinks that the Book of Revelation is supposed to be a Christian self-help guide to conflict resolution. I thought I’d seen it all with shoehorned misinterpretations, but apparently not! And his listicle displays the worst, most misinformed, most studiously gaslighting elements of evangelicalism as a whole.
Quite a few non-Christians think that the Bible a thoroughly evil book. I’m one of them. And even Christians know that quite a bit of it is not suitable for children. But they keep trying to make it so. Someone’s just tried that again, and it’s reminded me of what Read more…