Hi, all! I know it has been a very long time since I've created any new content for this site. I never intended to go into blogging hiatus for seven months, but in the meantime I've been promoting my coedited anthology, Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church. I was doing some public speaking … Continue reading A Personal Update and Some Thoughts on Pluralism
Epic Christian Fails: “CHRIST” on a Pickup Truck! And Other Quotation Quandaries
What would be your first thought on seeing the word "CHRIST," in all caps and quotation marks, plastered across the rear windshield of a pickup truck? If your answer falls more along the lines of "Someone is apparently swearing at me" than "Jesus take the wheel" or "Would you have a moment to talk about … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: “CHRIST” on a Pickup Truck! And Other Quotation Quandaries
Call Me Chrissy
Welcome to the Coming Out Post I've Been Putting Off for Years The first Pride celebration I attended was held on June 28, 2015. It was a small and joyous affair in a small town in the autonomous region of Galicia, located on Spain's Atlantic Coast. None of the few pictures I took came out … Continue reading Call Me Chrissy
What’s Wrong with Karen Pence Teaching at an Anti-LGBTQ Christian School? #ExposeChristianSchools Has Your Answer
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days, by now you're aware that Second Lady Karen Pence has taken the highly unusual step of working while her husband occupies the office of vice president. One could arguably make the case that a Second Lady taking on a full-time job could be … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Karen Pence Teaching at an Anti-LGBTQ Christian School? #ExposeChristianSchools Has Your Answer
Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Singer-Songwriter David Bazan
David Bazan is a man who needs little introduction in ex-Evangelical circles. In his career as frontman for indie group Pedro the Lion and as a solo artist, Bazan has consistently set strikingly intimate lyrics to haunting melodies, not eschewing doubt and darkness even when he was a Christian artist. Bazan's authenticity was and is … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Singer-Songwriter David Bazan
Of Megachurches and their Mini-Mes, or, What’s the Deal with “Relevant” Christianity?
Before really getting into this post, I'd like to thank all of you readers for bearing with me with respect to the paucity of new content delivered over the last month, much of which I spent traveling: In Indiana (where I visited family); in the Pacific Northwest (where I stayed with Tori Glass's family, hiked … Continue reading Of Megachurches and their Mini-Mes, or, What’s the Deal with “Relevant” Christianity?
Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda
Amid all the talk of highly unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's defense of unconscionable $9.2 billion cuts to public education and proposed $4 billion investment in so-called "school choice" (moves that have earned DeVos the well-deserved epithet #CruellaDeVos on Twitter), it's worth remembering why the Christian Right supports "school choice" in the first place. … Continue reading Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda
Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?
Yesterday, The New York Times printed an op-ed by Molly Wicker, a junior at Grove City College, under the headline "A Conservative Christian College Protest of Mike Pence." I see this as part and parcel of the MSM's ongoing love affair with the fanciful narrative that younger white Evangelicals no longer seek to fight the culture … Continue reading Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?
Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 2: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa
As promised in yesterday's post, "Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 1: How Not to Approach RussiaGate on Social Media," I am printing my May 16, 2017 interview with writer and leading Resistance activist Andrea Chalupa below. Like myself, Chalupa has been hit with spurious accusations of being a Kremlin agent. The upcoming … Continue reading Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 2: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa