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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 ChristianPiatt.com, or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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Why Christians Should Support the "Satanic" Statue in Oklahoma

(26) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Oklahoma may seem an unlikely place for what has been called a satanic sculpture to be installed on government property. In fact, there may be no better place for it.

Considered by many to be the buckle in the proverbial Bible Belt, the Statehouse in Oklahoma City has boasted a...

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Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:54 PM

As you may know by now, I'm starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society. What does that look like? Do any of...

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My Seizure Diagnosis: Is There a Pony In This Shitpile?

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:14 PM

I was sitting on the couch, working on an article on the morning of Dec. 4th when the first one hit. I was consumed with a surreal sense of Deja Vu, followed by a dreadful sort of panic that insisted, in my mind, that whatever was in front of me...

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Mindfulness and Presence vs. the Almighty iPhone (#MyJesusProject)

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:01 PM

I was catching up on back-episodes of 60 Minutes last night (required viewing for all nerds to maintain their credentials) when I came across a segment I immediately found suspect. It was about these "mindfulness coaches" who were being brought into all of these high-powered companies to teach...

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Considering the 12 Sides of Jesus #MyJesusProject

(16) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Not surprising, this whole endeavor to understand what it really means to follow Jesus in today's world is proving to be nothing short of overwhelming. Though I'd like to start my year-long effort to live this out on New Year's Day, I'm not entirely sure I can get my hands...

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AJ Jacobs Tells Me How to Be More Like Jesus

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 3:35 PM

For the next 14-18 months, I'm doing a sort of "Human Experiment" project in which I try to figure out what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st-century Western world.

To help me, I called on best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Esquire Editor-at-Large AJ...

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So...Am I Jesus Yet? #MyJesusProject

(13) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:24 PM

It's been a week now since I announced my newest project, which is to spend between 14 and 18 months figuring out what it seriously means to follow Jesus in our 21st century western world.

Like, really.

Tons of people say they are Christians, or even go so...

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Following Jesus... For Real This Time (My Jesus Project)

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Follow Christian Piatt's 18-month attempt to really follow Jesus. Search my blog for the category called "My Jesus Project," or search "#MyJesusProject" on my blog, on facebook or Twitter.

Being a Christian, by definition, means we endeavor to follow Jesus. But few, if...

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Was Jesus' Death an Act of "Empire-Assisted Suicide?"

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:07 PM

"You know what, it's not your life, it's life. Life is bigger than you, if you can imagine that. Life isn't something that you possess, it's something that you take part in and witness."
― Louis C.K., from his show, "Louie"

It was a striking coincidence that, just...

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How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life

(10) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:03 PM

I was asked to contribute a chapter to a new book called "Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels." The volume, an edited compilation put together by Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant, takes on many of the...

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The Good and Bad of the Vatican's New LGBT Statement

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:16 PM

In what the Human Rights Campaign calls a "seismic shift in position," the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement affirming loving, committed same-sex partnerships. And though this new declaration is a promising step toward greater equality for the LGBTQ community within the greater Christian Church,...

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Hungry as Dogs: We Don't Really Understand Charity

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Following is excerpted from "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" (Hachette/Jericho, Aug 2014)

Any Christian -- and arguably, any socially aware human being -- would agree that having concern for our neighbor should be a core value of any society. And yet, we hardly...

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Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

(15) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:05 PM

No one reasonably disputes that attendance in Christian churches is in sharp decline. The real lingering question is "why?" which is one of the most important questions I take on in my new book, postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?

Though it's not solely...

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The Black Man Shot by White Cops No One Is Talking About

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Most, if not all, of us know about Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, at this point. But not many people are talking about John Crawford of Beavercreek, Ohio, who was recently gunned down in a local Wal-Mart while talking to his wife on the phone.

And lest anyone try to...

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Mark Driscoll, Women as Penis Houses, and Crumbling Temples

(9) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Oh, Mark Driscoll. Just when I start to muster an inkling of compassion for you, something else emerges that tests my capacity for grace.

This time, the news is from years in the past, when Driscoll was posting to the church message boards under the pseudonym "William Wallace II." The...

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Be Afraid! The Latest Threat to Christianity Is Communism

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:44 PM

I get a lot of weird stuff in my email inbox. I'm sure all of us do. But the one I got from my father in law today took the prize for the week, if not the summer.

Mike Riddle, in his "Creation Training Initiative" e-newsletter, outlined why...

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Is Christianity Keeping People Poor?

(22) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:22 PM

At the heart of the Christian Gospel is an unequivocal mandate to care for the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. We are to be both stewards and advocates, companions and champions for those who lack the voice and privileges from which we benefit.

Most Christian church communities respond, at...

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Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:15 PM

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A soon-to-be college-bound Michael Brown is shot by Missouri police, reportedly while holding his hands above himself in surrender, and while unarmed. The resulting protests turn violent, leading ultimately to police setting up barricades, complete with snipers, tear gas and flash grenades. Local...

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God Isn't Punishing Mark Driscoll

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:53 PM

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Following one scandal after another, the Acts 29 Network -- which he helped found -- removed his standing and his church's standing within the network. They also encouraged him to step down as...

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Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Anyone who reads my stuff with some regularity probably already knows that Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll isn't exactly on my speed-dial list, and I'm probably not in his. From his misogynistic quips to his hellfire hyper-Calvinist rants, he and I see almost all social and theological issues as differently...

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