A Living Sacrifice No More

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” —Proverbs 3:11-12 “For it was fitting for Him…in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” Hebrews 2:10 “Endure hardship [Read More…]

Why Sex May Be the Greatest Threat to Christianity

I recently tweeted something of an epiphany and I’d like to take a minute to unpack what I meant when I said it: Some days I wonder if an honest look at human sexuality isn’t the strongest counterapologetic to the Christian faith anywhere. — Neil Carter (@godlessindixie) January 27, 2016 That statement reflects a growing conviction [Read More…]

Removing the Fig Leaf: A New Blog About Sexuality Without Shame

Abrahamic faiths have never been very big on celebrating the human body. While some religions revel in our inherent sensuality, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each in their turn have taught us not to feel completely at home in our own physical selves. It all started, you see, with a fig leaf. Well, not really. That’s just a story [Read More…]

Evangelical Christianity and Low Self-Esteem

Like most swimmers, I try to get in some laps almost every day, but there is only one health club with a pool within decent driving distance from where I live. It doesn’t call itself a Christian gym, but it plays primarily Christian music overhead, holds prayer meetings and Bible studies, and incidentally it also [Read More…]

Why Grown-Ups Need Sex Ed Too: Exposing the Long-Term Harm of Abstinence-Only Teachings

[Today’s guest post is written by Amber Barnhill, a single mother of two and a former fundy from Beaumont, Texas] I recently published an article about my experiences with abstinence-only sex shaming, er…”education,” and the discussions that followed showed me something really important. Even among progressives, the talk about this topic is almost exclusively focused [Read More…]

Body Shame 101: Lies the Church Told Me about My Own Sexuality

[Today’s guest post is written by Kylie, a friend and former evangelical who lives in the Pacific Northwest.] We start getting messages about sex and the culturally approved ways of expressing our sexuality long before our bodies even hit puberty. From birth, we are surrounded by these messages and we absorb and internalize them in the [Read More…]

Why Circumcision Is a Perfect Picture of the Christian Faith

For all the awkwardness evangelical Christianity displays around the subject of sex, Yahweh sure was obsessed with both the appearance and function of the male genitalia.  One biblical story explains that out of the blue Yahweh came to kill Moses one night, ostensibly because he was so infuriated that Moses’s son (who was only half [Read More…]

A Letter to Bristol Palin

[Today’s guest post is written by Holly Baer, a religion and gender studies major at the University of Mississippi] Dear Bristol Palin, Our lives couldn’t look more different. You grew up in Alaska, I grew up in Mississippi. We both grew up as Christians, but you became a vocal advocate for Christianity and the pro-life movement [Read More…]

The Perils of Worshiping a Perfectionist God

[Today’s guest post is written by Holly Baer, a religion and gender studies major at the University of Mississippi] “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” As a child, I felt guilt constantly. I felt constantly bombarded with my failures and short-comings, despite the fact that I acted like the new intellectual savior. [Read More…]