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Bethke vs. Pontifex revisited

As I peruse some of the text of Burning Religion, I am reminded of how much I love the work of Fr. Pontifex. He is one serious hip hop priest. 232 more words

Burning Religion

Burning Religion is live!

This book project, which is the beginning of a series of theoretical works, is now in the pre-sale, fundraising stage. 24 hours ago, the Kickstarter project… 432 more words

Burning Religion

It's Not Just Me

“You are not to tell anyone that we had this conversation – not even your husband.” I’ll never forget that day – the weather was beautiful, I was wearing a dress with a black skirt and gold and black vest and I had just been told that I could not do anything in the church except attend services. 92 more words

When Church Hurts

Witches on the Run?

As I am finishing up final drafts of Burning Religion, I came across the section on witchcraft allegations in Africa, particularly by the famous Nigerian lady apostle Helen Ukpabio. 162 more words

Burning Religion


R. J. Symchak -- Original material copyright 2015©

     As part of a small media crowd gathered outside the church, the all too eager
young reporter, on a mission of truth, knows he has one chance to confront the
priest hiding behind his cross as a shield. 372 more words

My experience of being deceived by Australia's most powerful celebrity pastor

This is a guest post from my friend Benjamin Ady. Benjamin lives in Australia. He is an atheist. He is an honest, caring and extremely intelligent guy. 2,332 more words


Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run

I recently received a message on the Facebook page for  When Church Hurts in which the writer asked if they should leave a church if no one cares whether or not they come back because they are seen as not contributing enough.   1,310 more words

When Church Hurts