Dr. Valerie Tarico

Evangelical Christianity’s Ten Biggest Mindfucks – Christian Article

By Valerie Tarico ~ Mind·fuck: [ˈmīndˌfək] NOUN. A disturbing or extremely confusing experience, in particular one that is caused by deliberate psychological manipulation. Some stuff people tell you messes with your head if you buy into it. Maybe it’s self-contradictory. Maybe it doesn’t line up with what you know about yourself or the world around you. Maybe it makes you question the evidence of your own senses or your ability to think straight. Maybe it muddles your intuitions about right…

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How “Case for Christ” Author Lee Strobel Fabricated His Best-Selling Story—An Interview with Religion Critic David Fitzgerald – Christian Article

By Dr. Valerie Tarico ~  Many Evangelicals think of Lee Strobel as the man who can cure your doubts about their religion. His 1998 book, The Case for Christ, has sold millions of copies, was made into a 2017 movie by the same name, and was recently re-issued in a “new and updated” edition. The story that Evangelicals find so convincing and delicious is this: Strobel, a tough-as-nails atheist journalist and his atheist family are out to dinner when his…

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Why I’m Grateful to be a Former Christian ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/17/2019 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ People who leave Evangelical Christianity often carry scars, either from their time in the walled community of believers or from their struggle to break free. Getting God’s self-appointed messengers out of your head can be the work of a lifetime, as Recovering from Religion hotline volunteers and therapists can attest; and religious communities can be cruel and unforgiving toward defectors, even when these defectors were once beloved. I’ve written about this…

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You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Dr. Valerie Tarico , Feature » You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself 1/17/2019 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real. Most people genuinely care about truth. I don’t mean that we tell the truth all of the time—though most of us mostly do—but that we very much want to know what is real.…

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Six Hints that Baby Jesus Stories were Late Additions to Early Christian Lore ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ The wonder-filled birth story of the baby Jesus was centuries in the making. Picture a creche with baby Jesus in a manger and shepherds and angels and three kings and a star over the stable roof. We think of this traditional scene as representing the Christmas story, but it actually mixes elements from two different nativity stories in the Bible, one in Matthew and one in Luke, with a few embellishments…

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What the Nativity Story Would Sound Like with Free and Full Female Consent ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ In the gospel stories, Mary the mother of Jesus is a humble, devout young woman of her time–which means she has little choice in the matter. Set aside for a moment any debate about whether the Nativity stories in the Bible are history or mythology or some combination of the two. In either version, Matthew’s or Luke’s, does Mary consent to be the mother of Jesus? During recent holiday seasons, this…

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