A Blog Series on Contraception Illustrates What’s Broken in the Blogosphere…and How We Might Begin to Fix It

If we wish to nurture writing that helps us ask and grapple with answers to the most difficult and necessary questions facing human beings, we must come up with other ways to compensate the writers willing to ask them, particularly as those writers must also endure virtual shaming at the hands of angry Internet mobs as the price of questioning assumptions and steering conversations in unfamiliar, challenging directions. [Read more...]

Rethinking Margaret Sanger, Contraception, & How We are All a Moral “Mixed Bag”

A mixed bag. We are all a mixed bag. This is Theology 101, a most essential bit of Christian doctrine: We are all deeply flawed—“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3;23). And no matter what our flaws are, God’s grace is sufficient. I thought of this as I watched my friend and colleague Rachel Stone’s words being misconstrued, twisted, and blasted by fellow Christians yesterday. [Read more...]

Does the “Fetal Cell” Problem Justify Religious Exemption for Vaccinations?

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Rachel Stone posted yet another excellent article about the importance of childhood vaccination for public health over at her new Religion News Service (RNS) blog. Rachel has consistently spoken up in favor of most children being vaccinated against childhood diseases, including in a (surprise!) controversial post several years ago for Christianity Today in which she invoked [Read More...]

Because I’m Not Funny Enough to Write My Own April Fool’s Post….

….I turn to my more humorous pals. My friend Rachel Stone (about whose new book Eat with Joy I blogged last week), covers the evangelical and Roman Catholic backlash to proposed measures to provide birth control to rats in the New York City subway. (The first paragraph—all true.) And fellow Patheos blogger David Hayward (a.k.a. [Read More...]


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