September 19, 2018

Why that passage? Patterson had the entire Bible to choose from, and he chose that passage?! Why in the world would he do that? The only intelligible answer is that Patterson wanted to start his comeback—a comeback from a fall grounded in blaming rape victims for their own rapes, no less—with a biblically backed statement that women really do lie about being raped.   Click through to read more! Read more

September 18, 2018

WORLD Magazine founder Joel Belz recently world an opinion piece titled “Gay, but Celibate.” In his article—published in WORLD, a conservative publication that bills itself as the evangelical equivalent of TIME—Belz addresses an evangelical trend toward accepting individuals who are open about having same-sex attractions, but vow to live celibate lives. Let’s just say he has a problem with this trend. A big problem. Because the Catholic Church. But we’ll get to that. Belz begins his article as follows: Imagine this… Read more

September 17, 2018

I come from a military family. I have siblings who are currently deployed. But I think Stickles’ story illustrates why I find our nation’s ongoing jingoistic fascination with 9/11 disturbing. The events of September 11th may have devastated Stickles’ hometown, but the events that followed have devastated many other hometowns.  Click through to read more! Read more

September 16, 2018

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every week, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

September 15, 2018

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

September 14, 2018

I actually didn’t spend any time in chat rooms in the early 2000s. Instead, I spent my time on forums—mostly Home School Debate, but also some others. For those of you who did spend time in chat rooms in the early 2000s—even if you are Canadian (seriously, what was that about?)—how does the dialogue Farris has written measure up? Click through to read more! Read more

September 13, 2018

Whether or not he realized it, Christopher Hitchens expanded Wilson’s platform and built Wilson’s gravitas among evangelicals. Evangelicals share the blame, of course—Christianity Today should have refused to publish Wilson and Hitchen’s debate, and they did not. They chose ignore Wilson’s defense of slavery and to treat the enemy of their enemy as one of their own.  Click through to read more! Read more

September 12, 2018

MacArthur’s statement highlighted the very thing he claims doesn’t exist—the racism of white evangelicalism. We wouldn’t be talking about how very racist white American evangelicalism is right now if he hadn’t brought it up and demonstrated it quite amply. I mean my god, multiple pastors from my hometown alone have signed his statement. Have a look at the list. This is where we are.  Click through to read more! Read more

September 11, 2018

Do you know what I think? I think that culture shapes religion as much as religion shapes culture. I think that evangelicalism became so entwined in 1950s gender norms that even starting to actually un-entwine the two has taken generations. And so here we are, in a world where, even today, seventy years later, evangelicals who assert that motherhood and paid work outside of the home can coexist are still on the defensive.  Click through to read more! Read more

September 10, 2018

So, do creationists sometimes change their minds based on scientific evidence? The jury is out on that one, because in this case young earth creationists changed from one unsustainable model to another, and they appear to have been motivated more by interpretations of various biblical passages than by anything else.  Click through to read more! Read more

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