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Churches Using Facial Recognition Software To Control Their Members

Researchers from places like the American Religious Identification Survey and the Pew Center on Religion and Public life find that, as the years progress, more and more Americans are declaring themselves to belong to no particular religion, and to have no interest in going to church. In response, religious leaders scratch their heads as if […]

Praise Bacon!

Do you have a personal relationship with bacon? […]

Pastors Behaving Badly

They’re driving drunk. They’re making up stories about getting shot by African-Americans. They’re having sex with kids. Christian pastors in America are behaving very badly indeed. […]

Why Should We Let Church Change The Way We Talk About Sex?

Charisma News, a web site of opinion from Christian activists, recently featured an article under the headline, “Why the Church Needs to Change the Way We Talk About Sex”. The article asks, “Could you imagine if the church got serious about our sins?”

No imagination necessary on that one. Churches seem to be focused on […]

“Religious Beliefs Aren’t Reasonable!” — Justice Antonin Scalia, October 7 2014

“Religious beliefs aren’t reasonable!”

So said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on October 7, 2014 — and he said it as if this was a compliment.

Really, I’m not kidding. You can listen to Justice Scalia utter these words himself, in his questioning during arguments in the Holt v. Hobbs case this month: in […]

Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest? (What Kind of Harvest?)

The promise that “Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest!” met me on my way to work this morning, and it got me to thinking.

My first thought was of the so-called “Prosperity Gospel,” which asks followers of a church to give money to the church with the promise that God will mysteriously […]

Jesus Cares? Help is Just a Prayer Away?

That’s what roadside church signs tell me on my drive through central Maine today:

There are a lot of good people suffering in the world. Jesus (and God the Father of whom Jesus is supposed to be one mysterious aspect) are supposed to omniscient and omnipotent. If they exist and they care about […]

He is Risen, Indeed?

Help me understand this reasoning of this sign, which surely hopes to accomplish something as it’s read on the street. I just can’t figure out what. What does this declaration communicate to someone who is already a Christian other than a recapitulation of what Christians already believe? From a marketing point of view, what […]

Charisma News Advocates Putting Corpses On Trial

Charisma News says that the USA needs to recover its Christian heritage. That heritage includes digging up rotting corpses and putting them on trial. […]

Statistics Show Biblical Literalists Sin Against Their Religion Every Time They Go To Church

Christian Biblical literalists are faced with this choice: They must either stop going to church, or stop being Biblical literalists, and accept that the Bible is really just a collection of metaphors, and not really the divine word of any supernatural being. […]

If We Came From Apes, Then Come And Answer This Question, Smartypants!

The Seneca Bible Baptist Church, outside of Seneca Falls in upstate New York, has issued a challenge to all the secular eggheads in the area, their neighbors who actually believe in the theory of biological evolution through natural selection as proposed by the original Darwinist, Charles Darwin. The church has posted the sign you see […]