A Christian Response to Fifty Shades of Grey: Reviewing Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

The trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey is out, and at my day job as a bookseller (all opinions are mine, not my employer’s, etc), I’ve seen more copies of that book go across the checkout desks this past week than I’d like to admit. It’s having a surge in popularity and people are eagerly anticipating the Valentine’s Day 2015 release of the film.

I tried to read the series when it first came out and made waves, but I couldn’t get past the first half of the first book, in which logic and consent disappear in favor of all manner of impossible things before breakfast and abuse grooming techniques. There is very little in the plot’s setup that makes sense, and there is even less that is representative of a safe, ethical, average BDSM relationship.

But there are better places to go for reviews of the controversial series. I’m here to review a book that takes on the idea of erotica from a mainstream evangelical Christian perspective.

Pulling Back the Shades is written by Secret Keeper Girl founder and purity culture expert Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery, a Christian psychologist with close ties to Focus on the Family. It’s the Christian purity thought leaders’ response to mommy porn, and they have a lot to say.

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So What if Atheist TV Doesn’t Have Original Programming?

Salon‘s Mary Elizabeth Williams throws some cold water on Atheist TV:



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Why Isn’t One Million Moms Doing Anything About This?

If a TV show or commercial portrays gay people as normal human beings, the conservative Christian group One Million Moms (with their fewer-than-70,000 Facebook likes) flips out and demands a boycott or repeal.

But this video game ad on Facebook, which depicts God as an evil killer?



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The Problem with “Black Jesus” Isn’t Blasphemy

Let’s get this out of the way. Black Jesus looks like a really dumb show that should be canceled because it’s not funny.



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Atheist TV Launch is Less Than a Week Away

American Atheists just posted this promotional video for their atheism-themed Roku channel. The premiere is Tuesday night:



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