Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Singer-Songwriter David Bazan

David Bazan is a man who needs little introduction in ex-Evangelical circles. In his career as frontman for indie group Pedro the Lion and as a solo artist, Bazan has consistently set strikingly intimate lyrics to haunting melodies, not eschewing doubt and darkness even when he was a Christian artist. Bazan's authenticity was and is … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Singer-Songwriter David Bazan

Of Megachurches and their Mini-Mes, or, What’s the Deal with “Relevant” Christianity?

Before really getting into this post, I'd like to thank all of you readers for bearing with me with respect to the paucity of new content delivered over the last month, much of which I spent traveling: In Indiana (where I visited family); in the Pacific Northwest (where I stayed with Tori Glass's family, hiked … Continue reading Of Megachurches and their Mini-Mes, or, What’s the Deal with “Relevant” Christianity?

Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda

Amid all the talk of highly unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's defense of unconscionable $9.2 billion cuts to public education and proposed $4 billion investment in so-called "school choice" (moves that have earned DeVos the well-deserved epithet #CruellaDeVos on Twitter), it's worth remembering why the Christian Right supports "school choice" in the first place. … Continue reading Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda

Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?

Yesterday, The New York Times printed an op-ed by Molly Wicker, a junior at Grove City College, under the headline "A Conservative Christian College Protest of Mike Pence." I see this as part and parcel of the MSM's ongoing love affair with the fanciful narrative that younger white Evangelicals no longer seek to fight the culture … Continue reading Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?

Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 2: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa

As promised in yesterday's post, "Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 1: How Not to Approach RussiaGate on Social Media," I am printing my May 16, 2017 interview with writer and leading Resistance activist Andrea Chalupa below. Like myself, Chalupa has been hit with spurious accusations of being a Kremlin agent. The upcoming … Continue reading Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 2: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa

Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 1: How Not to Approach RussiaGate on Social Media

As the weeks and months of the disastrous Trump presidency drag on, the Resistance is, naturally enough, showing some signs of weariness. For weeks now, certain public figures have been spreading rumors that indictments against members of the Trump administration are imminent, and Twitter personalities associated with the Resistance--and particularly those involved with raising awareness of the … Continue reading Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 1: How Not to Approach RussiaGate on Social Media

Not Your Mission Field: A New Title for the Blog

When I started this blog, I had yet to think of a proper title. I put "Christopher Stroop" in as a placeholder, and I've been mulling it over ever since. As of today, "Christopher Stroop" has been replaced with "Not Your Mission Field." I also registered http://www.NotYourMissionField.com, which directs to the homepage here, although ChrisStroop.com remains the … Continue reading Not Your Mission Field: A New Title for the Blog

“Do Aborted Babies Go to Hell?” The Horrifying Questions that Only Fundamentalists Have to Consider

Note: I use the term "babies" in the title of this post rather than the more accurate "fetuses" because this is how conservative Christians who believe that life begins at conception think of it. Readers of this blog should be well aware that I reject their framework and avoid using the term "unborn babies" myself. For … Continue reading “Do Aborted Babies Go to Hell?” The Horrifying Questions that Only Fundamentalists Have to Consider

Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 2: Inside the Mind of a Street Preacher

Before reading this post and its corollary Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 1: Suffer the Little Children (which is recommended reading for context before you proceed here), let me just note that these posts contain very disturbing material. Be prepared to confront misogyny, rape, assault, homophobia, transphobia, racism, Islamophobia, bigotry toward other confessions, … Continue reading Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 2: Inside the Mind of a Street Preacher