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Fundamentalism

Repairing Christianity's Damaged Brand

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right's grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity.

We Need Ethical Evolution, Not More Destructive Fundamentalist "Certainty"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Ethics can evolve along with every area of human discovery, for instance, beyond ugly biblical myths born of justifying tribal hatred and ethnic -- God-made-us-do-it -- cleansing after the fact.

The Religious Ritual of Call of Duty

Greg Perreault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Perreault

It can be comforting in the midst of a chaotic world, to have a clear sense purpose and order. To be given very clear cut guidelines of good and evil, right and wrong.

The Pre-Party to the Tea Party

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

When I was seven years old in the mid-'80s, Mom started taking my brother and me to Grace Bible Baptist Church and School in rural New Hampshire.

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Westboro Baptists To Picket World Series And 'Worship Of Baseball'

Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

America's least favorite 'church' is at it again, as the Westboro Baptist Church put out a press release on Sunday announcing their intent to picket g...

Fundamentalist Belief Grows Brains Incapable of Dealing With the World as it Actually Is

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

It takes a lifetime of literalistic Bible studies to destroy a human brain as completely as is necessary to make an otherwise intelligent person trust Bronze Age myths over science and a flake as obviously perverse as Ted Cruz over a man of such obvious integrity as President Obama.

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

Religiosity More About Reproduction Than Cooperation

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do religious beliefs vary so broadly? I'm not talking here about the near-cosmic diversity in the content of religious belief. Rather, I'd like to consider why some individuals seem fervently devout while others seem devoid of any superstition.

Westboro Baptists' Latest Target Is The Opposite Of Scared

Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion

UPDATE Sept. 27 -- A Twitter battle between Westboro Baptist Church and Blake Shelton followed the initial sparring match. WBC also release...

My Fantasy Summer Bible Camp

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 10.18.2013 | Comedy
Clay Farris Naff

At my fantasy Bible camp, here's what children would learn (when they weren't having fun, which would be most of the time).

Jesus Will Rapture the Church Out of Absurdity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I think I'm starting to believe in the rapture again. Not the one where the church gets sucked up into midair right before the Beast starts barcoding everyone's faces, but one where we, the Body of Christ, are finally being lifted out of this morass of fundamentalist absurdity.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

Five Things Christian Fundamentalists Just Don't Get

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Sean McElwee

Jesus, as all great reformers have, sided with the oppressed. This new kind of skewed fundamentalism is radically new and far removed from true Christianity. True Christianity offers us a far superior doctrine -- one of social justice, love and equality.

Inoculating Kids Against Fundamentalism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

"We have the most amazing creation story any people have ever had," proclaims evolutionary humanist and religious naturalist Connie Barlow in her Apri...

The Problem With Assuming Liberal Christians Hate the Bible

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Liberal Christians aren't liberal in spite of the Bible, but because of it. They don't pursue justice for LGBT people because they haven't read Scripture, but precisely because they have.

God's Purveyors Of Hate Revisited

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.

The Boston Marathon and Social Media: What If a Terrorist Act Goes Against the Whole World?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Russell C. Smith

Has terrorism finally reached a tipping point? When a terrorist act goes against all of us, every country on Earth has a stake in stopping this type of insane violence against humanity.

Fundamentalist Christian Monsters: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you of monsters and monstrous wrongs. And let me tell you what these bloody monsters thrive on.

Can the Republican Party Be Reinvented? Talking Openly About the Elephant in the Room

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

The aftermath of what many consider the worst presidency in our history has damaged the GOP, and party leaders choosing an entire roster of out-of-touch candidates in 2012 shows the damage is ongoing.

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

The Problem With Unbelief Is That It Allows Us To Believe Too Much

Peter Rollins | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

I, along with a few friends, began to break free of religious belief precisely because we were naïve ones who took the teaching of the church more seriously than those in the church.

What War On Christianity?

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Slayton

Quite a few of our countrymen believe America has declared war on Christianity. Sounds terrible. And deserving of further analysis. All true patriots concerned about this state of affairs will want to know more, will want to get to the bottom of what is happening in our country.

Faith, Doubt And Other Lines I've Crossed

Jay Bakker | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Jay Bakker

Years ago, I believed in a lot of things like heaven and God. And I was told that to really believe in them, I had to eliminate any kind of doubt. The problem was I'd study the Bible and doubts would creep in.

Religion, Science And The Attack Of The Angry Atheists

Max Tegmark | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Max Tegmark

I'd been warned if we posted our MIT Survey on Science, Religion and Origins, I'd get inundated with hate-mail from religious fundamentalists.But most of them didn't come from religious people, but from angry atheists!