The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.



September 2015

Dialogue with a Trump Supporter

by Michael Shoemaker, on Politics, 2016 Election, Donald Trump

Image courtesy Gage Skidmore I recently had a lapse in judgement; I got involved in a political discussion on Facebook. It began innocently enough, but quickly devolved into name-calling and threats of violence. Fortunately, not much catches me off-guard these days when talking to evangelical supporters of Donald Trump. In a spirit of honesty, I did not help the situation. I entered the fray armed with the goal of discovering…



September 2015



September 2015

Losing My Faith and Finding Myself

by The Ventriloquist, on faith, deconversion

I came into Cedarville University much the same as any wide-eyed freshman. I had just finished my classical Christian education, and after a life-long dedication to my church and my God it only made sense to attend a Christian university. Of course, the not-so-gentle prodding from my parents pushed me to make this decision, but I was convinced it was my decision. My freshman year was no different then any…



September 2015

The New Ventriloquist

by Zach Schneider, on The V

In 2010, huddled in a dimly lit off-campus Cedarville apartment, a small group of intellectuals and sometimes-miscreants had an idea for a project. A newspaper that would give voice to the ideas and individuals that were constrained to the shadows by the dominant evangelical culture permeating Cedarville's classes, sermons, and dorms. A project that would give a bold platform to those who brazenly attached their names to their contributions, and…



October 2014

Rethinking Israel and Palestine

by Kelly Parliament, on Israel and Palestine

The evangelical group, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), states on its website that “it is crucial to educate Christians on the biblical and moral imperatives to support Israel and to build Christian support for Israel throughout America.” CUFI’s president has been known to state that Christians are commanded by God to support the Jewish state of Israel at all costs. Many evangelical Christians agree with CUFI’s statements. I…