I Was a Teenage Apologist: My Journey from Christianity to Atheism

“Do not demand that your belief [in a personal God] be reasonable. You will be threatened with the loss of your faith. You may well lose your faith. Those who have lost their faith in God are generally those who have felt the need for good reasons, for evidence, for argument. Better that you should take as your slogan ‘credo […]

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The Elusive Giants of Ancient Arkansas

In a recent news headline written for Fort Smith, Arkansas’ 5 News Online, reporter Aubry Killion credulously declares, “Diver Finds Evidence Showing Giants Lived in Arkansas.” The headline is as sensational as it is factually incorrect. The diver in question, Mike Young of Fort Smith, did not actually find any evidence corroborating his extraordinary claim that giants once lived in […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (5): Biblical Pornography

The wild popularity of the Left Behind series demonstrates the extent to which evangelical culture has become proficient and competent in adopting secular standards to dramatize the Christian message. This is made all the more fascinating when one considers the extremely literalist standpoint with regard to theological doctrine that the authors of the series assert and from which the storyline and concept is derived.

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (4): Left Behind 2000 Years Ago

[M]ainstream “orthodox” Christians ironically criticize preachers like Harold Camping (who predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would occur on May 21, 2011) and fringe denominations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses for doing exactly what Jesus himself did, namely setting dates for end-times that never happen at the promised time. Why is it that Jesus’ own words debunk Christianity in the same way and for the same reason?

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (3): Tribulation Farce

“You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he knows your name / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s counting on your shame / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s master of the game / You must be certain of the Devil right now.” ~ Diamanda Galás, ‘You Must Be Certain of the Devil’ (1988) In the Left Behind series, […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (2): The Characters

The Protagonists The first book in the Left Behind series introduces the four primary characters who form the inner core group. Rayford Steele is a well-to-do, upper-class, all-American airline pilot. His nineteen-year-old daughter Chloe Steele is a college student and a natural-born skeptic of religion and supernatural phenomena. Cameron “Buck” Williams is an award-winning, globe-trotting journalist. Bruce Barnes is an […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (1): The Premise

“This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend the end. Of our elaborate plans the end. Of everything that stands the end. No safety or surprise, the end.” ~ The Doors, ‘The End’ (1967) The belief that the biblical apocalypse is right around the corner in the present day is very central – and is […]

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Ray Comfort in Space

Evangelical creationist minister Ray “Banana Man” Comfort is an author and video producer who is best known for the “banana fallacy,” in which he claimed that the perfection of the banana is evidence of God’s engineering prowess in designing his creation. In putting forth this argument, Comfort was blithely unaware that it was humans who designed the Cavendish banana through […]

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