If Not Less, More

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I know there are a lot of good reasons to have less religion in the middle of our democratic processes, but until that happens, diversifying the religions and having more of them (and more varieties of each) present is a good thing.  It helps disenthrone the stranglehold that (certain kinds of) Christian views have had [Read More...]

A Year of Wins: Faith & Reproductive Justice 2012

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In so many ways, 2012 was a year of setbacks for women’s reproductive health.  Katie over at Feministing puts it plainly: “The Guttmacher Institute is reporting that 2012 saw the second highest number of abortion restrictions (43 in 19 states) ever. The scary thing is that this is better than 2011, when a record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions were [Read More...]

God Everywhere, God Nowhere?

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I finally got around to watching the two-part segment about faith and the Newtown school massacre from The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on December 22.  It featured several creative and smart scholars who I’ve followed for some time, including Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Dr. Anthea Butler, professor of religious [Read More...]

Top Three Posts in December

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The top three most-viewed posts here at feminismxianity in December 2012 were: Meet the NotReligions: Christianity, Islam, and … ? The Most Interesting Chapter in the Bible When Men Kill If you missed any of these, please do go take a look and see what you think.  Again it’s a mix of political, theological, and [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Maddow Drops Mic

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Just because this is quite possibly the best summary of the mad mad mad mad crazy election year and its results, I am sharing Rachel Maddow’s commentary from the day after.  It’s old news now, surely you have seen it (what? You haven’t? Stop what you’re doing right now and sit down and watch this!) [Read More...]

‘Merica: “The Prayer-Heavy Dinner Party”

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One of the most viewed posts I’ve written yet at Patheos was published back in September, On Christian Privilege & Being an Atheist Ally.  The response that it got and the conversations and relationships that it has sparked convinced me that there is a pretty significant need for people of faith, especially the Christian variety, [Read More...]

When Men Kill

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More than a few people and organizations pay attention to the gendered nature of gun violence, including but unfortunately not limited to what happened in Newtown, Connecticut, last week.  There, all of the adults murdered were women, and around half of the first-graders murdered were girls. From the International Action Network on Small Arms: “Women [Read More...]

Too Late. Again.

With his silence and tears more powerful than the words … “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.” “We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Here’s some of what I said after another mass shootings [Read More...]

Political Bishops

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Earlier this week I wrote about and shared the video of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, on The Daily Show promoting his new book God Believes in Love. Earlier this fall, I wrote about the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, Thomas Paprocki, and his charged political [Read More...]

Meet the NotReligions: Christianity, Islam, and …?

So, apparently, we’ve been doing it all wrong.  Christianity isn’t a religion!  It’s a philosophy.  Here’s how Bill O’Reilly explains it to us: Also you heard an atheist on this program last night say the federal holiday of Christmas imposes religion on him. What religion would that be? He says Christianity. But Christianity is not [Read More...]


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