Progressive Piety and Conservative Politics: On Kaepernick, Tebow, and American Christianity

I’m tired of this sort of “both sides are missing something” approach to conservative and progressive religious believers. The idea tends to fall apart upon further explanation. Furthermore, this claim tends to minimize both the harm done by conservative political activism and the extent of progressive theological depth and devotion. Click through to read more! Read more

That Screenshot from Snow White Is Not Helping Your Case, Title IX Critics

There has been a lot of talk lately about whether Title IX complaints on college campuses are a violation of due process, whether they are kangaroo courts, whether we are taking the definition of sexual assault too far, etc. But what concerns me when I read these objections is that they almost always mistake the facts of a case, downplay key details, or state highly concerning items as though they were no big deal. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 138: 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: Revolution, Propaganda, and Playwrights

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: Handsy Marcus Is Handsy

What makes Hadassah different? She goes above and beyond, and doesn’t just do what she is told to, as a slave, because she has to. But there is no reason a slave like that would be noticed. Valued, perhaps, but not like this. She’s quiet—that wouldn’t get her noticed either. She’s unassuming and doesn’t think of her own needs—but again, that wouldn’t get her noticed. Click through to read more! Read more

John Piper on Forgiveness

There’s nothing here about making amends. Nothing. Piper says you should confess your sin to the person you wronged because “it is very healing for relationships,” but that’s it. You don’t need that person’s forgiveness. You don’t need to make anything right. All you need is God’s forgiveness. Sin is primarily a wrong done to God, not to other people. There is nothing that could go wrong with this line of thought, nothing at all. Click through to read more! Read more

How Evangelical Ideas about Forgiveness Failed This Rape Survivor

A recent blog post titled “Do You See Me?” is making the rounds in the survivor community. In it, “Jane” tells her story of being drugged and raped while studying at The Master’s College in California. Here is a section from the end of the post, where Jane returns to the school to find out what she has to do to finish her senior year and get her degree, even after everything she has been through: I am standing outside the door… Read more

On the Self-Worth of Evangelical Girls

I appreciate Stetzer’s concern about the negative effect our society’s emphasis on beauty has on girls, and I am glad that he is aware of the ‘confidence gap.’ But if Stetzer truly wants to build Christian girls’ confidence and sense of self-worth, he needs to do more than point the finger at ‘society and culture.’ He needs to look within. Click through to read more! Read more

Is Evangelicals’ Persecution Complex Dictated by Their Dualism?

I never saw any contradiction between our belief that we were persecuted for our righteousness, on the one hand, and Old Testament prophets’ warnings that the Jewish people were persecuted for turning away from God, on the other, because I believed that the Jewish people of these prophets’ time had turned away from God, and that we had not. But that conclusion is not so obvious as one might think, and is based on one’s particular starting points. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 137: 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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