Lately, we’ve been talking about Christianity as a fandom. It certainly shares a great many characteristics with secular fandoms: Object(s) of devotion, ritualized behavior, participation in a niche culture, infighting both within the fans’ own particular groups and with other groups in the wider fandom as a whole, and more. Read more…
It’s not a new book, but that’s okay. Its advice hasn’t gotten old yet.
The day I realized that Christianity is a super-intense fandom with extra strings attached, a lot of keys turned in a lot of mental locks for me. Ever since that magic moment, I haven’t been able to view exhortations to Christians about reigniting their Jesus-passion the same. I just can’t Read more…
Most folks don’t like to take social risks. Evangelicals aren’t any exception to that rule. So they seek out ways to cushion those risks as much a they can.
Sure, they’ll simper and preen and claim it’s all being done cuz they just wuvvvvv heathens and want to be a goooood wiiiiitnesssss to us. But the damage to our rights, our liberties, and our democracy will look the same as if done by people who want total control over our lives because they despise us.
Confirmation bias is a helluva drug.
If Jesus himself told them in prayer not to take the assignment, then what kind of Christian would the request-maker be to try to jump that chain of command?
Before You Lose Your Faith is a bunch of answers endlessly searching for a question. It’s a bunch of solutions looking for a problem. It’s a bunch of evangelicals chasing the wind.
Our last writer throws a Hail Mary with his chapter, which asks doubters to direct their gazes to Jesus himself. As if anyone could!