Josh Duggar and the Tale of Two Boxes

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In the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls in two families as a teenager, I've seen some Duggar supporters argue that progressives and liberals don't have any room to criticize Josh given that . . . well, let me just show you:Text as follows: If this boy had been experimenting with girls in a non-Christian family, then he would have been encouraged. I know a family that were proudly showing photos of the their teenage son on a trip to Disneyland … [Read more...]

Anna Duggar and the Silencing Power of Forgiveness

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I have been coming upon more and more truly excellent commentary in the aftermath of the revelation that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls in two families as a teenager---and that his parents, their elders, and local law enforcement covered this up. There is Samantha's How Josh Duggar Is Getting Away with It, for example, and Kathryn Elizabeth's Josh Duggar Says He's Sorry. So What? I've seen defenders argue that we shouldn't be airing the family's private affairs publicly, and that this … [Read more...]

What Did Josh Duggar’s Counseling Look Like?

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This week the news broke that Josh Duggar sexually molested at least five girls in two families while he was a teen. I can't say for sure what Josh Duggar's counseling looked like, though it appears it was handled in-house, through the family and likely also through the church and Christian ministries the family follows, such as Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (ATI). What I can do is speak to the sort of counseling Bill Gothard and ATI provide.The Duggars have long been avid foll … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about the Josh Duggar Police Report

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When I first saw rumors circulating yesterday I didn't pay any attention, because the accusations were vague and felt rehashed. Remember when the tabloids reported that Jessa Duggar had sex at the church immediately after her wedding, based on a word of an obviously satirical blogger who claimed to have been there? Yeah, I remember that too. There have been rumors circulating for years about Jim Bob blaming Josh for the loss of a political campaign, based on "sin in the camp," so I thought it w … [Read more...]

Andre Sue Peterson: Homosexuality Is Worse than Other Sins

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I knew when I saw the title of last week's World Magazine column, The Couple Next Door, that Andre Seu Peterson was up to it again.Ten years ago homosexuality was fringy and dangerous and you were dead set against it. Today homosexuality is the guy grilling steaks next door, waving to you over the picket fence, calling, “How about those Phillies!”Oh dear. Andre, who thinks measures to prevent kids from sexual abuse at church are a drag (?!) and that bisexuals are just sexually pro … [Read more...]

Patriarchy and the Gender of God

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I recently came upon an interesting blog post by Sarah Moon of the progressive Christian channel on Patheos. In it Sarah pushed back against a blog post in which Roger Olson of the evangelical channel on Patheos argued against calling God "mother." While I'm no longer religious myself, I was struck by the role gender constructs played in Roger's post.Roger starts by noting the following: Some Christians struggle with calling God “Father” for three reasons. First, some say addressing God as F … [Read more...]

God as a Mystery Our Brains Cannot Comprehend

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I recently came upon this image:It’s a frightful thing – thinking you have to get God right in order to get God to love you, thinking you’re always one error away from damnation. It’s a kind of legalism, really. . . . How ironic. The very condition of humanity is to be wrong about God. The moment we figure God out, God ceases to be God. Maybe it’s time to embrace the mystery and let ourselves off the hook.  - Rachel Held EvansOn one level I understand. I like being able to embrace th … [Read more...]


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