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So Just How Dumb Were Jesus’ Disciples? The Resurrection, Part V. – Christian Article

By Robert Conner ~ Back in 2005, while researching material for a book on magic in the career of Jesus, I read Daniel Ogden’s sourcebook, Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds, and recall being surprised at how closely the post mortem appearances of Jesus in the gospels of Luke and John match Greco- Roman ghost stories. My initial search of the available literature turned up nothing that specifically addressed the similarities, but convinced of the parallels,…

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So Just How Dumb Were Jesus’ Disciples? The Resurrection, Part VI – Christian Article

By Robert Conner ~ Besides being the first to comment on the ghost story quality of the post- resurrection accounts, the philosopher Celsus appears to have been the first to advance a psychological explanation for Jesus’ apparitions. Celsus, a conservative member of his society’s upper class, was particularly critical of the irrational, emotionally driven nature of Christian belief. “While [Jesus] was alive he did not help himself, but after death he rose again and showed the marks of his punishment…

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Spirituality and / or Religion? – Christian Article

By AJ ~ I have asked, “Is it possible to be a spiritual person without being a religious person?,” “Is it conceivable to be a spiritual person and not belong to an organized religion?,” and “Can a person be spiritual and at the same time be an atheist?” I submit that the answers to all of these questions are yes. The answers are yes if we acknowledge that religion is man-made and spirituality is nature-made. George Vaillant declared that, “religion…

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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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People, Beliefs, Strength, and Kindness ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Feature , Tim Sledge » People, Beliefs, Strength, and Kindness 1/17/2019 | Share this article: By Tim Sledge ~ How should ex-Christians relate to individuals who regard faith as more important than anything else? How you answer that question is up to you since no one is telling us what to do. However, if you’re interested, here are some principles that make sense to me. I can think of two extreme responses to persons devoted…

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Tired ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/17/2019 | Share this article: By Mandy ~ My name is Mandy and I am 39. I was first drawn to this ex Christian website years ago right after I had my first daughter who is now almost 16. During that time I have flip flopped back and forth to Christianity. I donʼt much care for labels but if I had to use one I consider myself agnostic. I grew up in southwest Virginia in the Appalachian mountains, part of…

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“Gifts of the Spirit” include PTSD ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/17/2019 | Share this article: By Robyn W ~ I‘m a 58-year-old successful business woman who has suffered horribly my entire life from religious abuse. My parents are/were zealot Christians with my dad being a HUGE hypocrite. I was raised in the Assembly of God Church in a small town in the middle of Iowa. The pastor was a cult leader to the core and that poor congregation went through incredible heartaches and financial loss because of that man. My…

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On the Attraction to the Not Really Contrary ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Carl S , Feature » On the Attraction to the Not Really Contrary 1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ Many years ago, a British book was published about studies to determine if “opposites attract.” The conclusion: a person is attracted romantically to another who is like oneself. It makes sense, since ‘ like oneself ‘ feels familiar, and who wouldn’t want to spend time and effort on someone who enhances and offers…

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Honestly ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ Perhaps most of you on ExChristian were attracted to the “opposite” writers, and found yourself, as when in love, enhancing your life. “They” weren’t opposite after all; they spoke to the real you. You were tempted to go into forbidden territory. Personally, I like temptation, no lie. It’s the people who are in denial who rant the loudest against it. Temptation tells you what your real inclinations are, and in itself…

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The Second Cyrus and his court eunuchs. ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Robert Conner ~ Lately we are informed by some of America’s leading Evangelical High Muckety-Mucks that Donald John Trump is literally the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Not, as you might logically expect, the Whore of Babylon or the Beast of Revelation bearing blasphemous names, but Cyrus the Great, the Persian monarch who established a policy of repatriation following his conquest of the Babylonians. Deutero-Isaiah calls Cyrus Yahweh’s anointed and the books of Ezra and…

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The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Feature , Ronna Russell » The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid 1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Ronna Russell ~ A few years ago, in a haze of post-divorce pain, I began blogging about my childhood experiences growing up in the United Pentecostal Church and submitted some of those posts here on Ex-Christian. I was astounded at the support and understanding I received. Several regular readers encouraged me to consider writing a book. So…

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My Amazing Release ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/04/2019 | Share this article: By Gerald M ~ I was raised in the Baptist church until about age 16. I had asked Jesus to save me at the age of 13,of which I believed He did. We quit going to church as a family, but I always held to my belief in God and His Son. Fast forward to when I was 35. I became extremely involved in giving up my life for Christ’s sake. I loved Him more…

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Why did the biblical canon close when it did? ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/04/2019 | Share this article: By Michael Runyan ~ Which books constituted the Christian biblical canons of both the Old and New Testament was generally established by the 5th century, despite some scholarly disagreements. Following this time, there were a few alterations made by various groups of Christians, but, universally, it was agreed that no contemporary writings could ever be added and further that nothing written after about CE150 was eligible. The question is why was this artificial cut-off time…

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Going through the motions ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/11/2019 | Share this article: By Fay ~ Like many people, I grew up going to church every Sunday since I was a baby. I went without arguing with my parents or questioning this – it’s just what we did every week. As I got older my parents would say: “As long as you live under our roof, you are to attend church every week”. I love my parents and I didn’t want to disobey them, so I wouldn’t put…

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It all fell apart in Genesis Chapter 1 ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/11/2019 | Share this article: By Keith ~ I have been a closet atheist for 35 years. I kept my non-belief a secret from everyone to avoid rejection and condemnation from my friends and family. I can’t live a lie anymore, so I have made the decision to tell my family and friends and face whatever consequences lie ahead. I was raised in a very strict Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) home. We were at church every time the doors were…

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Putting Out the Fires of Hell ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/11/2019 | Share this article: By Andrew Jasko ~ Hell exists as a real place of torture in the minds of those who feed its imaginary fires through their fear. It is only religious people who suffer from the real hell, and those escaping religion who are still in recovery from hellfire trauma. Hell really exists for the millions of people who believe in it, in the form of terrifying flash-visualizations, nightmares, and psycho-somatic sensations of burning. They suffer because…

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TWC Founder, Fred McKinnon, Releases Christmas Album

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Fred McKinnon Releases “Silent Night – Christmas Piano Instrumental” “Silent Night – Christmas Piano Instrumental” is a brand new instrumental album that was released this month by Fred McKinnon, Pianist & Composer.   Fred was the original founder of TheWorshipCommunity.Com and has been involved in music ministry, worship leading, and arranging, composing, and producing music for decades. The album launched November 30th and spent 2 days in the “Top 100” on Apple iTunes “Holiday” charts and debuted this week at…

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