All posts tagged jesus

Jesus died … why, again?

The basic message of Christianity, the key part that distinguishes it from the Judaism it grew out of, is that Jesus died on the cross in order to save humanity from our sins. His death was the final, greatest sacrifice which provided atonement for everyone, provided they believe in him as the Messiah and son […]

Paring down God’s identity

Christian blogger Matt Appling at The Church of No People wrote an article yesterday called “I Stopped Believing in god” (lowercase g deliberate). It’s the sort of post that’s clearly bound to rile up the believers — or excite them with edginess — and bring some bittersweet hope to the nonbelievers. He writes: Many times […]

Awkwardly hypocritical Christian “love”

Sometimes, atheist comments on religious blogs get deleted. I understand that. Sometimes atheist comments on atheist blogs get deleted. Comments sometimes get deleted, period. It’s a webmaster’s prerogative to shape their site into whatever sort of community they want. I try to keep my comments topical and civil in order to contribute to a conversation […]

What are gross-out tactics for?

When I got home yesterday, I found this palm-sized tract wedged against my doorjamb. It’s grotesque. This image to the right is the cover — you can click on the picture to read the text for yourself online. It doesn’t say anything particularly new or insightful, just the usual statements of Christian doctrine and Bible […]

Review: Jesus, Interrupted

I added Bart Ehrman’s Jesus, Interrupted to my stack of library books as a sort of antidote to the garbage I expected to be reading in the three I’ve reviewed previously. I’d heard good things about Ehrman’s scholarship and watched a short YouTube clip or two from his lectures, so I was pretty sure it […]

On Christian charity

I’ve had some harsh words here in the past about how Christians actually behave with respect to their supposed values of charity and generosity. While I was writing this last secular morality post about charitable giving, though, I got to thinking about what the Bible actually says about helping those who are less fortunate. It’s […]

Review: Jesus Under Fire

At last. The book I originally went to the library to find (because I sure as anything wasn’t going to pay real money for it): Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus, edited by Michael J. Wilkins and J.P. Moreland. A Christian friend of mine kept citing it in our conversations about the […]

Case study: Seventh Day Adventists

I never used to give much thought to the Seventh Day Adventists. They have a complicated name, and they’re some kind of Christian, and that’s all I really knew. I’d see one of their churches now and then. They also seem to run a lot of Christian bookstores in strip malls, and the ones I’ve […]