All posts tagged evil

Review: Love Wins

I read Rob Bell’s Love Wins back in October, but I just uncovered my notes about it — so it’s time for a much-overdue book review! If you’re the sort of person who reads blogs about religion and atheism, you probably remember the controversy surrounding Bell’s book in March 2011. A quick refresher for those […]

Family-friendly programming

I hear the term “family-friendly” used fairly often, especially on the radio, as a code word for “religious.” Christian radio station IDs include sound bites of happy moms explaining that they can leave this station on with their children in the car and “not have to worry” about what they might end up hearing. There’s […]

Why are there still Catholics?

I’ve been thinking about the Catholic Church quite a lot recently. There was FFRF’s full-page NYT ad last month, vjack’s post two weeks ago about people’s reasons for leaving Catholicism, and Adam Lee’s post last week about the papacy’s apparent embrace of its slow slide into irrelevance. On top of all that reading, though, there’s […]

More Christian semantic games

I’m subscribed to the “Question of the Week” newsletter — because I love you, my readers, because I love you — and I’ve been meaning to write about an answer they sent out, actually cross-posted from their new spin-off site (My admittedly shallow understanding of the distinction is that Got Questions is more […]

Sick (because of the devil?)

I’ve been sort of dead to the world lately because I’ve been sick. One of those normal, seasonal-change-related, upper respiratory deals, but it wiped me out enough to keep me home from lab last week and asleep more than half the time. Coincidentally, I was also involved in a conversation about the practice of faith […]

Would anything change your mind?

I brought this question up at another one of those Bible study meetings I mentioned a while back. We were discussing whether it was appropriate for a Christian to question, complain about, or protest the things happening in their lives or the things they were required by circumstance to do. Given that I’ve named this […]

How good is your god?

If I didn’t know that this post was from a Christian missionary’s blog (via), I probably wouldn’t have guessed it from the opening: I feel weird when things work out for someone and they tell me about it and then they sum it up by proclaiming that “God is good!” I always want to say […]

Better than a hallelujah?

It’s about time we had a look at another shockingly oblivious Christian tune. My mouth was literally hanging open when I heard this on the radio. I could not believe the lyrics. Well, I don’t believe the lyrics — and I was struggling to accept the obvious fact that some people can broadcast, listen to, […]

Bible dealbreakers: God’s wrath

I’m doing a series on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is the sixth part in the series, and I’ll post a wrap-up tomorrow. According to (most mainstream) Christians, God is loving, merciful, and benevolent. Some go so far as to say […]

Our go-to good guys

When you’re trying to describe something bad or wrong, you might look to a comparison with one of the iconic “bad guys” from history, totalitarian dictators like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, or Mao. The commonness of this conversational trope is what brought us Godwin’s Law. Similarly, if you want to illustrate the goodness of something or […]