Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Good Christian Blogs - Give a Brother a Break!

I'm looking for some good Christian blogs and I can't seem to find any. I'm looking for some that are either intelligently written liberal or leftist Christian blogs or frothing at the mouth fundie conservative blogs. I've been able to find a few with the appropriate content but almost uniformly they've been agonizing to read with hideous color schemes and terrible layouts - so I guess that's a priority, too, that it be readable in a purely aesthetic sense that doesn't defile my eyes.

So, can I get some help, here? Seriously. I promise not to troll . . . well, not too much, and to be as respectful as I possibly can.

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12 Comments:

Brian Dunbar said...

I am not sure how liberal of left the fellow is but he does write well.

http://centuri0n.blogspot.com/index.html

Mark Shea is Catholic ..
http://markshea.blogspot.com/

March 13, 2007 6:00 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

Oooh. Thank you!

March 14, 2007 11:07 AM  
Krystalline Apostate said...

There's http://philaletheia.thetruthtree.com/ - a combo blog of xtian & atheist.
There's also onecosmos.blogspot.com, but I stopped going there mos. ago.
They're a bunch of raving anti-atheist scumbags.

March 14, 2007 5:19 PM  
Anonymous said...

You may not be up to this guys level of debate, remember use evidence not rants with Stephen you get farther.

http://itsmypulp.wordpress.com/

March 14, 2007 10:20 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

Thanks for the link!

Like I said, I'm not really looking to spam or troll. It's pretty rude, hehe. I am looking for valuable insights, not to get into fights with strangers. ;)

March 14, 2007 11:17 PM  
Anonymous said...

You're welcome ! and BTW I liked your response to Stephen's BDSM posting.

March 15, 2007 6:14 AM  
Chris Bradley said...

Anonymous,

Thanks! Like I said, I'm really not terribly interested in trolling or whatever. I can be occasionally snarky on my own board, but that's sorta like being in your own house, I feel. When you go over to someone else's house, you should play nice or . . . maybe you shouldn't be there at all. ;)

March 15, 2007 10:08 AM  
Anonymous said...

Don't assume all anonymous responders are trolls, like Mr. Financial Disaster troll. Check your stat counter for ISP names that should lead you back to your trolls point of origin. I usually post anonymously until I'm sure the blogger is not another Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Pat Robertson in a different coat.

You may however want to watch as you seem to be picking up an David Duke like Charisma, albeit as a Atheist zealot. That is not meant as an insult but talking engagements and book deals come hard if people think you're an extremist. Duke only does well because he plays to the extreme. As far as being the next Dan Brown, challenging orthodoxy, you may want to look at the financial trends associated with his book, hype is transitory. The sales of Brown’s book dropped off after the movie which tanked after only 4 weeks, to be soundly beaten at the box office by the year before’s passion of the Christ.

March 15, 2007 12:17 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

Anonymous,

Fair enough about not assuming all anonymous folks are trolls.

I'm not actually writing anything I write to be a best-seller. I'm writing it for pretty much the reasons I've said here -- because I feel that the cult of personality that surrounds Jesus needs to be destroyed. I have about zero urge to replicate Dan Brown's "success" -- I'd rather write a good book read by no one than a bad book read by millions. This said, I do have a plan to become as financially successful as the book will allow. And that said, uh, I know the odds of writing a best-seller -- they are very bad, regardless of what you're writing about. Sure, it might be true that some publishers will be unwilling to publish an extremist or zealot, but they're also, really, unwilling to publish anyone else, too. In my study of the publishing industry, I have found that there is simply not middle ground to confidently walk to insure publication much less success. If you are milquetoast you'll be attacked on those grounds (or, worse, ignored because you're not saying anything exciting); if you take a stand, you'll be attacked on those grounds. What's a boy to do? I'd rather fail taking a stand.

However, in fringe circles, no, it's not particularly hard to come by book deals or speaking engagements -- fringe groups are always having little conventions and meetings, driven by their passions. If you're willing to play to the fringe. Which, mostly, I am. I know I'm on the fringe. I embrace the fringe! I'm not a fan of the middle-of-road. But we'll see.

On the other hand, if you have concrete suggestions for being published and succeeding, trust me, I'm all ears. ;)

March 15, 2007 12:31 PM  
centuri0n said...

I also wanted you to know, Chris, that I really like how all the blogs which link to this blog are ... your other blogs. And they all have the same, um, narrow-band content.

I am sure you'll take the blogosphere by storm.

March 15, 2007 2:31 PM  
Anonymous said...

Sorry centuri0n, but my blog Santiago's Magic Musings is my own and not Chris. I'm the one who told him about doing all this blogging in the first place.

March 15, 2007 3:06 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

Centurion, you're here. And so interested in my blog that you checked my Technorati profile. For a blog that's been up for a week, I feel pretty good about it. :)

March 15, 2007 6:49 PM  

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