Miley Cyrus and Exchanging Virgin Icons for Sex Icons

The way she was: Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana during her Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2008. Photo: Mike Schmid via Flickr (CC-SA 2.0).

What! Another formerly wholesome teen celebrity strips on television? Yes, Miley Cyrus’s nasty performance on Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards show was outrageous, an example of cultural decay and decadence, etc. But it’s not new.Neither are the indignant replies we’ve been hearing from some.Christian pastor Trevin Wax’s popular blog reaction invokes one image Christians often reference (it was even in the film Courageous): a sweet little girl twirling like a princess. Wax is thoughtful an … [Read more...]

Virgin Tales and the Romance Prosperity Gospel

Khrystian kicks up her heels with her military captain husband Chad in 'Virgin Tales."

A new evangelical “documentary” movie’s trailer starts out typical. Young women pledge to stay virgins until marriage. An evangelical song plays. Younger girls dance in lacy white.Then we see a woman kneeling for her fatherly/priestly blessing. Later we hear another woman say, “I’ve just always known that I wanted to be a wife and a mother. I would hate to go off and spend thousands of dollars on an education that I wouldn’t use.”Wait — wasn’t this presentation about staying pure before m … [Read more...]


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