How Did Saying “Merry Christmas” Become a Judeo-Christian Value?

However it started, a rhetorical embrace of “Judeo-Christian values” has become a staple of American evangelical Christianity. How did saying “Merry Christmas” become a Judeo-Christian value? The problem, I suspect, is that people sometimes forget that Judeo-Christian is not a synonym for evangelical Christian. Click through to read more! Read more

Potato Broke

It wasn’t Michael who had to figure out how to stretch what little they had left to create a meal for their five hungry children—it was Debi. Perhaps Michael had fun engaging in voluntary poverty so that he could try out new projects and in general do whatever he wants to do, but what about Debi? What about his kids? This is selfishness in the extreme, but Michael can’t see it. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 141: An Open Thread

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 so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Air Pollution, Christopher Columbus, and Chicken Plants

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

Voice in the Wind: Marcus Makes His Move

This is a tactic and a rhetoric that abusers use. It’s the “you know you want it” line. It’s used to excuse rapes, but it is also used within abusive relationships. The woman says no, the man sets out to change her mind whether she wants him too or not—because if he can make her want it, it’s okay. Marcus is right out of the abuser’s playbook, down to Rivers’ apparent belief that he can do all of this and still be somehow good and upstanding, unlike his selfish, horrible sister. Click through to read more! Read more

TTUAC: The Bully Sets Out to Prevent Bullying

Michael is on to something when he suggests that a child will not listen to you if he perceives you to be a hypocrite. Kids detect double standards, and they detect them quickly. Your children are unlikely to listen to you if they do not respect you, and they are unlikely to respect you if you treat them badly. And yet, Michael’s entire approach is fraught with hypocrisy. He sets out in this chapter to teach children not to bully their siblings, and yet throughout this book he advises parents to bully their children. Click through to read more! Read more

Just Who Was Jesus? An Exploration of Early Christianity

I know this is starting to sound like an infomercial for Ehrman, but I promise I’m not getting any kickbacks. I suppose it’s just that I’m excited to see the New Testament make sense. Everything that I ever found odd or confusing, or that I had to work to harmonize, is explained when the New Testament is approached not as an inerrant, divinely inspired collection of books but rather a collection of books written by various individuals who often disagreed, during thehard-fought early years of a new and developing religion whose theology was still in flux. Click through to read more! Read more

Voices in Your Head: Evangelicals and the Voice of God

I am not disputing that Laney was mentally ill. I worry, rather, that a belief that God can and does speak directly to his followers can serve to mask and hide symptoms of mental illness, because these symptoms appear, instead, normal. Ordinarily, if someone is hearing voices in their head, their friends encourage them to see someone and get help. People aren’t supposed to hear voices in their head. But when I met someone who was hearing voices in her head, as a young evangelical adult, I thought it was normal because that was the template my religion had provided me. So I did nothing, and it got worse. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelicals Think They Have a PR Problem. Their Actual Problem Is Far Deeper

Boyce thinks he can draw a line between God and politics, but reality is not so simple. There were those who used the term “Christian” back in the 1930s when the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship was founded. The term “evangelical,” like the term “fundamentalist,” was claimed by those who wanted to differentiate themselves from other Christians, whom they believed had apostatized. Evangelicals set about putting walls around their faith, determining what beliefs were acceptable and which were not. And those beliefs, more often than not, had political ramifications. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 140: An Open Thread

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 so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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