Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 60: Dianna E. Anderson, Purity Culture Critic

Our latest podcast guest is Dianna E. Anderson, author of Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, all about the intersection of the church and sexuality.

Anderson grew up in South Dakota. After stints as an English teacher in Japan and a radio producer in Chicago, she’s turned her focus to writing. Damaged Goods is her first book.

We spoke with her about why sex is often seen as shameful in parts of Christianity, what conversations the broader evangelical church is having about sex, and whether the church can ever become sex-positive. Lots of sex. #Sex

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Another Florida Megachurch Preacher, Billy Graham’s Grandson, Resigns After Affair

A high-profile pastor resigned over the weekend after admitting he had had an affair.

In general, I think the media shouldn’t criticize people for what they do in their private lives unless they were hypocrites, like pastors preaching Christian moral superiority or that gay marriage will destroy society. (That’s why Ted Haggard, who frequently spoke out against homosexuality, was fair game.)

But Tullian Tchividjian (above) is the grandson of Reverend Billy Graham and nephew of Franklin Graham. This is a family that has done more than most to make life harder for LGBT people. Even if Tchividjian (rhymes with “pigeon”) shied away from social issues, it’s not like he was openly supportive of civil rights for LGBT people. And silence from Christian leaders on this matter is nearly as bad as blatant homophobia. When your own family is best-known these days for peddling the notion that gay marriage will destroy society, you better believe you have an obligation to say they’re wrong.

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How Babies Are Made: The Version They Don’t Tell You in School

Garfunkel and Oates are really the best educators out there (lyrics probably NSFW):



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Why God Hates Sex (as Told in Sign Language)

Why do religion and sex seem so incompatible?

Justin Vollmar of the “Virtual Deaf Church” explains in this excellent video.

(Added bonus: You get to learn a lot of dirty sign language!)



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She Got Rid of Her Purity Ring and Then Tried to Find Her First Partner

Arla Knudsen was a purity-ring-wearing Christian… until she realized she just didn’t feel that way anymore. She told the New York Times about how she shed her faith and subsequently tried to overcome her virginity, too:



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