Still Point

Andy Patton
Reflections on the Bible, Christianity, and why people lose their faith from Andy Patton. (
Created 16 Jun 2021
  • Two Kinds of Deconstruction: Soft and Hard
    01 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 1 0
    What Is Deconstruction? You hear a lot about “deconstruction” today. The word keeps popping up to describe the experiences of those whose Christianity has undergone a process of transformation or deco...
  • You May Have Been Inoculated Against Real Christianity
    24 Nov 2021 • 12 min read
    I’d like to make a bold, and perhaps offensive, suggestion. One of the answers to the question “Why do people lose their faith in Christianity?” is that they were never exposed to Christianity in the ...
  • "How Can You Still Be a Christian?"
    16 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Years ago, I was eating breakfast with a friend of mine, Jack, at one of those greasy-spoon diners that America is so good at producing when our conversation turned from just catching up to something ...
  • “I’m not a Christian because I Met a Defeater.”
    13 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    When you ask people who have left Christianity why they left, you hear diverse answers. The reasons for leaving Christianity are as numerous as the individuals who leave it. But you will hear common r...
  • "I’m Not a Christian Because I Found a Better Way to Live."
    07 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Beliefs Used To Be More Stable In pre-modern times, it was less likely that you would meet someone with a radically different view of life and God. Most people lived and died in the same village in wh...
  • “Why Would I Believe In Something That Hurt Me So Much?”
    01 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    Pain Can Damage Our Sense of Belief Since Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am,” Western thought has been overly individualistic when it comes to establishing our ideas about reality. But the human per...
  • "I Found a More Authentic Faith."
    25 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Modernity does not have a Ten Commandments, but if it did one of them would surely be, “I am true when I am true to myself.” The modern age (in the West) prizes the virtue of authenticity and sets it ...
  • "I Outgrew Christianity."
    18 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Conversion and deconversion are anything but simple; belief and unbelief are as complicated and various as the transition between them can be. However, that isn’t to say that there aren’t common theme...
  • What Do We Do With Richard Rohr: A Theological Critique
    10 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The popular and controversial Franciscan priest and Christian mystic, Father Richard Rohr, has become an elder statesman for disenfranchised evangelicals and spiritual seekers of every stripe. He pres...
  • The Three Kinds of Modernity
    21 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    When people use the word modernity, they mean at least three things. Modernity 1: “These Days” The first just means something like “these days.” Modernity is that which is contemporary to us. You can ...
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