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Christian Piatt is the author of 'postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care? (Jericho/Hachette) Christian is the creator and editor of "Banned Questions About The Bible" and "Banned Questions About Jesus." He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting being published in early 2012 called "PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date." For more information about Christian, visit, or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

Entries by Christian Piatt

Does Religion Make Us Worse People?

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:26 PM

There's a well-known phenomenon in churches where young families, many of whom have not been involved in organized religion since before college, return to a community of faith once they have kids. If asked why, many of the parents say they come back because they want their children to learn...

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Dear Starbucks: This Christian Doesn't Care What You Put on My Cup

(9) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 6:35 PM

My friend Jonathan Merritt shared a video in his most recent piece for the Washington Post that has gone a little bit viral. It's basically this guy claiming to be a Christian who is ranting outside of his local Starbucks about the evils of the company removing "Merry Christmas"...

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Blaming "Walking Dead" for Beating Our Friends to Death With a Microwave

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Just when you think you've heard it all...

Damon Perry and Christopher Paquin decided to hole up and binge watch a season of the Zombie TV hit "Walking Dead" together and throw back some beers. All was well until, according to he Papery, his friend started turning into a zombie...

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Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 2:09 PM

There's little in this world that gets me going more aggressively and quickly in life than someone yelling at, or denigrating, my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt. Last week, a pair of fire-breathing street preachers did both.

Fortunately, my wife isn't me. I was down the street preparing for a lecture...

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Not 'That Kind of Christian'

(6) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:13 PM

Lots of people either love God, or at least have a sense that there's something bigger than us in the universe. Like me, they long for a more just world in which the poor are empowered, the planet is cared for, and where LOVE is the most important thing. Period....

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Kim Davis' Jailing Isn't a Win for Marriage Equality

(43) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Not surprisingly, the reaction I've seen from advocates of marriage equality about County Clerk Kim Davis being sent to jail for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been, "Good!"

But I'm not so sure.

I understand the sense of vindication in having the power of law finally behind the...

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No One Is Pro-Abortion (and Few Are Fully Pro-Life)

(30) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:15 PM

I'm not the only one who is frustrated with, and even a little bit exhausted by, the "Pro life" versus "Pro Choice" debate. I've spent a good deal of time trying to wade through all of the issues, and why I feel how I do about it. And I've arrived...

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Wm Paul Young: EVE's Revolution and THE SHACK, the Movie

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Come see Wm. Paul Young LIVE as part of the upcoming Homebrewed CultureCast show at Marmoset Music in Portland, OR August 13th. Get your tickets HERE while they're still available.

When Wm Paul Young first wrote THE SHACK, he did it as a...

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How I Went From Texas Baptist to LGBTQ Ally

(48) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:59 PM

"I believe Jesus would. I don't have any verse in scripture. ... I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't...

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God is Transgender

(25) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:55 PM

I had a text discussion this morning with two of my theological colleagues, and one asked if we felt the "cosmic Christ," was necessarily male or female. This also led to our understanding of the Holy Spirit, and ultimately to how we understood God. And it was then that I...

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Biggest Threat on U.S. Soil: Domestic Right-Wing Extremists

(6) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:50 PM

When we think of "terrorist threats" to American lives and sovereignty, immediately our minds go overseas, usually to the middle east. We have been sold more than one war abroad principally based on the argument that, if we don't take the fight there, they'll bring it here. And yet, there...

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Charleston Church Shooting: The Danger of 'All Are Welcome'

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white male, entered Emanuel AME Church Wednesday (one of the city's oldest historically black churches) and joined the congregants for a prayer meeting for about an hour. He then opened fire and killed nine in attendance, including a state senator. He is now in custody and...

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Rachel Dolezal: Transracial, Passing or Blackface Liar?

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Rachel Dolezal, the woman who was born to racially anglo parents, headed the Washington State NAACP for years and self-identifies as black, has officially broken the internet. In an eight-minute interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, she went public to address allegations that she has deceived friends,...

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Why Tony Campolo 'Came Out' for Marriage Equality

(10) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:22 PM

After decades of "bridge building" between the LGBTQ community and those who identify as Evangelicals in opposition to full LGBTQ inclusion, Tony Campolo spoke out in favor of both full inclusion of same-sex couples in the church, as well as for marriage equality. "It has taken countless hours of...

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Meet Caitlyn (Formerly Bruce) Jenner

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:33 PM

It didn't take long for Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) to come out publicly with her gender transition complete. Renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed Caitlyn's public debut, which is on the most recent cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

There is also an accompanying article and a brief video...

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Why Comedian/Podcaster Marc Maron is a Preist and a Prophet

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 8:55 PM

You may not know Marc Maron, but you should. Originally known as a crass, nihilistic comedian, he's found a remarkable second life for himself in podcasting. And before you stop reading right there, consider that Marc's WTF podcast is the first-ever podcast to be catalogued by the Library of Congress....

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The Real Reason Christianity Is Still in Decline

(174) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:16 PM

The most recent Pew forum study, which show that numbers of people identifying with any brand of Christianity is still in decline, should surprise no one. But as is the case any time such a study comes out, Christians are looking for reasons why.

By now we know...

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Five Problems With Christian Evangelism (and What to Do Instead)

(18) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Most of us can agree that Christians have a bit of a PR problem in contemporary western culture. Part of that comes from the scandals the media love to feed on like a carcass any time one emerges. But another is because we leave so many with a bitter taste...

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Texas Takeovers to Criminalized Christianity: When Facts No Longer Matter

(91) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 2:32 PM

I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn't a month off when I read the headline on NPR's website that read: "Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover." Surely it has to be April Fool's Day all over again.

But it's real.

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Is Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme That Enslaves Us to God?

(15) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:25 PM

There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one.

Aside from atonement theology (the idea that Jesus' death paid a...

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