Christians are very good at not having ears to hear when it comes to understanding dealbreakers in their own faith. I’ve no doubt they’ve noticed how often hypocritical Christians show up in ex-Christians’ stories and how often non-Christians talk about the topic. But they haven’t really figured out why Bad Christians are a problem.
Unlearning all the faulty logic and pseudoscience I’d learned while Christian was tough. But I had a much tougher time with unlearning how I’d learned how to learn and what knowing something actually means. I’d thought I had a handle on how to assess and absorb knowledge, but I was completely wrong.
A COVID conspiracy theorist named Naomi Wolf got into a huge fight over COVID restrictions with the Black owner of a restaurant in a small town called Salem. Since then, the owner’s restaurant has been dealing with constant–and increasingly racist–attacks from other conspiracy theorists.
In 2006, Randall Balmer accused evangelicals in the Religious Right of wrecking evangelicalism. But they didn’t. Christianity itself did.
Authoritarians hate a lot of people. But they hate apostates far more than anybody else. An apostate is a threat and a danger, one which must be eliminated immediately and with as much force as can be mustered.
While exploring my new hometown, I caught sight of a sign for a churchy-sounding financial-planning ministry. Its name was so vague that I had to get my phone out right then and there to figure out what it really was. And I soon did. They’re a financial ministry, you see, Read more…