Archive for the 'Religious Weirdness'

The ‘I Used to Be a Skeptic’ Pose

One of the standard rhetorical forms we hear from some types of Christians (and wooey new agers too) is how they used to be such a serious unbeliever, a thoroughgoing skeptic, but they just couldn’t resist the truth (often “Truth”) any longer. A new study shows that this is very effective in convincing people of the validity of your claims: Read more

Another Uncomfortable Bible Passage

When people ask me why I’m no longer a Christian, I often say “because I read the Bible.” I’m not just being snarky, I mean it literally. If I hadn’t read the Bible so much, I may have stayed a Christian. But it contains so many passages that are appalling and/or ridiculous that I simply could not believe it any longer. Here’s a perfect example, from Numbers 5: Read more

Pope Fluffy and the Devil

Paul Fidalgo has taken to calling Pope Francis I “Pope Fluffy.” Personally, I’ve liked a lot of the things he’s said and done and found him mostly, though not entirely, refreshing. But he apparently has a bit of an obsession with the devil, the most convenient myth in Christianity. Read more

God Intervenes to Save a Church

Fox News has discovered genuine divine intervention. The same God who apparently can’t be bothered to save millions of starving and diseased children did take time out of his busy day to stop a boulder from crashing through a church in Massachusetts. Read more

Muslim Exorcism Kills Man in Pakistan

Did you know that Muslims have exorcisms just like Christians do? I didn’t. But an attempt to free a man of “demonic possession” in Pakistan using smoke ended with that man dead and the man who performed the exorcism facing possible criminal charges. Read more