There Is More to Christianity than Penal Substitutionary Atonement

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Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism posted an explanation of penal substitutionary atonement and its place in the history of Christian theology:

I have seen many atheists criticize penal substitutionary atonement as though in doing so they are criticizing Christianity as a whole. That is not in fact the case. Penal substitutionary atonement is only one way of understanding Christ’s death. More than that, it is less than five hundred years old—a relative newcomer to the scene—and is held by a minority of Christians today.

This is something of a complicated topic, and one where I think misunderstandings are rampant – even among Christians. I appreciate Libby Anne’s explanations.

I can’t recall what I was taught as a child, since the focus of my Sunday School instruction was more on the birth of Christ rather than his death. But looking back on how I, personally, viewed the crucifixion, it was always as just a Thing That Happened, rather than part of a plan.

11 Unusual Churches You Have To See Before You Go To Heaven

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Some of these are absolutely gorgeous! Click through to see them all.



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(via Exploring Our Matrix)

The Christianity Fandom

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Someone posted this in a Facebook group I participate in and I thought it was just too awesome not to share. Unfortunately, I had a silly moment and grabbed it without noting the author and now I can’t find her again. So if you wrote this, please let me know!


  1. Modern Christianity is a crossover of Catholicism and Protestantism.
  2. Protestantism is a fanon of Catholicism.
  3. Catholicism is a futurefic of Judaism.
  4. Judaism is an AU of Canaanite religion.
  5. Canaanite religion was a crossover of many different regional faiths.

Modern Christianity is a crossover of a fanon of a futurefic of an AU of a crossover.

Modern religion totally has Superwhopotterlock beat.

A conversation with Vyckie Garrison


Back in the halcyon days of 2011, my local atheist group tried to make a podcast. Of course, as is the way of such things, we only got a few episodes out before everyone lost interest and scattered, but we did manage to get a couple of cool interviews in. More specifically, I had the wonderful honour of interviewing Vyckie Garrison for our second episode.

Vyckie Garrison is the editor of No Longer Quivering, a mother of seven, and formerly a Quiverful believer. Don’t know what Quiverful is? Well, you’ll just have to listen to the interview!

Click here to listen to the full thing. The interview begins at around 26:30.

As a side note, Vyckie is an absolutely wonderful – and very clever – person. I had the pleasure of meeting her when she came to speak at the Eschaton2012 conference. We also managed to get her speech, so you can check it out on YouTube:

Jesus is my friend

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Manboobz (which is both a fantastic and very depressing blog) recently posted a list of “9 Amazing Songs That It Is Probably Impossible To Have Sex To.” Number seven is a real hoot!

The rest of the songs are pretty great too, so have a gander!