the new Missionaries & Santa

The other evening as I was preparing dinner, three young women knocked on our door. They introduced themselves as the "new missionaries" in town and wanted to "share a message" with us. I politely declined, wished them a good evening and closed the door. They looked mildly surprised, but took my rejection well. Kid2, who … Continue reading the new Missionaries & Santa

Mommy, what is church?

We were driving somewhere and Kid1 spoke up from the backseat: "Mommy, what is church?" While I've done a lot of reading (see relevant book list below) on how to talk to the children about religious issues, I still felt caught off guard by the question. They like to ask these questions in the car when … Continue reading Mommy, what is church?

Return of the Mormons Part 1: Saint Kat of the Sparkling Water

Long time readers know I have a long and complicated history of relationships with Mormon Missionaries. They are one of the reasons I stopped calling myself "sort of Christian" and embraced Secular Humanism, they were one of the early influences of this blog, and in some ways, their optimistic faith reminds me a little of me … Continue reading Return of the Mormons Part 1: Saint Kat of the Sparkling Water

Equality at Prin, Vague Repression for All!

This is a follow up on https://kindism.org/2014/11/18/new-policies-on-homosexuality-at-principia-college/  If anyone would like to share an extended piece about their thoughts about, or experiences with Principia's policies (beyond a brief comment), please be in touch! I welcome guest posts! The TL;DR version Gays can now openly attend Principia, and the Administration has shifted their focus to combat … Continue reading Equality at Prin, Vague Repression for All!

Some thoughts on “Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist” by Rev. Evans

Some highlights from and thoughts on "Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist" By Rev. William Evans, D. D. Director Bible Course, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Full text available from Archive.org, full link below. I appreciate that Rev. Evans opens with the well-acknowledged (at least in former-CS circles) fact that The Christian Scientist … Continue reading Some thoughts on “Why I Am Not A Christian Scientist” by Rev. Evans

Zombies, Children & Religion: gruesome and very frightening affairs

We recently received the following e-mail from Kid1's teacher: IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am suggesting that you avoid downtown this Saturday. The now annual Zombie Walk Contest and Race is happening throughout most of the day and into the night. It is a gruesome and very frightening affair for young children. I do not want these … Continue reading Zombies, Children & Religion: gruesome and very frightening affairs

Hey, Christians. Feeling Persecuted? Don’t Be Evil!

Some light reading for your weekend.

AwayPoint

Christians and LionIn the debris of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Atlanta Banana published a satirical news report: Little Caesar’s Pizza had been granted the religious freedom to feed Christian employees to lions.

Never mind that the trope of Christians getting fed to lions may have been made up by early Christians themselves; the Little Caesar story was almost inevitable. Faced with a barrage of conscience claims, frustrated secularists are wondering whether there’s any limit to the privileges some people will claim in the name of “religious freedom” or any limit to the exemptions and entitlements they will be granted by co-religionists in positions of power.

Turning frustration into humor is a time honored tradition, but serious Bible believers are unlikely to find the Little Caesar’s story funny. The notion of martyrdom as the apogee of faith is as old as the Catholic Church. To quote Christian History for Everyman

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look at all my trials & tribulations, sinking in a gentle pool of wine

(1) It surprises some of my fellow former-Christian Scientists that while I have left the Mother Church, and no longer follow (or believe) in the teachings of Ms. Eddy, I continue to refrain from imbibing alcohol. I don't drink wine, beer, or cocktails. I don't enjoy vodka, tequila, or spirits. I've had a few sips … Continue reading look at all my trials & tribulations, sinking in a gentle pool of wine

What I’ve been Reading: Measles, the Dead & Healthcare Access

Measles Outbreak in a Highly Vaccinated Population, San Diego, 2008: Role of the Intentionally Undervaccinated via Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. via the Daily Beast Anti-vaccine activists contributing to measles outbreaks around the U.S. via Raw Story Insurance for All: Germans Can't Fathom US Aversion to Obama's … Continue reading What I’ve been Reading: Measles, the Dead & Healthcare Access