Indoctrination: 80s Style

Were you raised as a Christian? Then perhaps you remember catchy songs by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber of Veggie Tales, a morality-teaching, values-encouraging, Bible-Story-Telling cartoon series that’s still publishing silly songs and DVDs today. But the Tales are too modern, too palatable to the secular audience. If Read more…


Revisiting old beliefs

[caption id="attachment_217" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Photo by shaycam"]Photo by shaycam[/caption] I've been moving house for the past few weeks, and part of that enormously intensive project is dealing with my collection of books. As many of you must also feel, I am emotionally connected to my books because I have memories, experiences, and much of my past life wrapped up in their pages. One of these volumes from my past is the only devotional I truly enjoyed as a Christian: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (1874-1917). I wasn't one for fill-in-the-blank Bible studies with banal questions and cookie-cutter insights. Chambers seemed challenging to me at the time because he wasn't part of the current generation; his thoughts (though nebulous at times and without organization) weren't bogged down by current culture and the trends of the most modern Christian movements. So, in a nostalgic tribute to this former chaplain and my former life, I'd like to quote two passages I used to agree with and now critique. (more…)


Baptism Removal

Last month, a man named John Hunt won his battle to have his record of baptism removed from the church history. This raised some questions, and I hope you’ll tell me what you think. First, some history. I was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as an infant. My mother Read more…


5 Things I should have known about faith

Dear Previous Self, cross and sky I love you, chica. You're delightful, passionate, curious, and charmingly sardonic. And whatthehell, you're me; of course I've got a soft spot. But oy, you have got to break out of that slump of blissful ignorance you've been stuck in since that first felt storyboard in Sunday school. There are some things that must be said. They may not convince you or influence you, but what kind of Future Self would I be if I didn't try to knock you upside the head? 1) You were not born a Christian. No matter what your family is or was culturally, you are only a member of a religion once you choose to be. Unfortunately, parents don't trust their children to think and learn on their own, and the word "indoctrination" should be used for what inevitably follows. (more…)