Red Brown Yellow, Black and White: Evangelicals and Race

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Like many other white evangelical children, I grew up singing this song:Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red, brown, yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children Of the world.I suspect it's things like this that make it so hard for so many white evangelicals to really address race in this country---they think they've addressed it already. I mean after all, look at the lyrics to that common children's song! And I … [Read more...]

Duggar Actions Have Real World Consequences

Michelle Duggar Signs Copies Of "A Love That Multiplies"

Over the years I've seen a variety of reactions to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's TLC show, a show they landed as a result of their unusually large number of children. I knew of the show when I was a teen, growing up in a large Duggar-like family myself. At the time I saw the Duggars as powerful witnesses for Christ, using their platform to promote their---our---beliefs. As an adult, it seems to me that the general public either thinks the Duggars this beautiful, loving, quaint family that … [Read more...]

Evangelicals of the Gospel Coalition Respond to Ferguson

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Last month Thabiti Anyabwile wrote a blog post titled The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders. In it he condemned the grand jury decision as unjust, wrote passionately about police brutality and race, and laid out a plan for bringing change. This may seem unremarkable---one more blog post amidst a multitude---but what makes it remarkable is that it was posted on The Gospel Coalition. Anyabwile is a black evangelical paster who is a member of the conservative evangelical group's c … [Read more...]

“He’ll never by the cow when he can get the milk for free”

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I recently noted this comment between readers on one of my blog posts. trinity91Oh god, did your mom use the old "He'll never buy the cow when he can get the milk for free" idiom on you too? So, let's talk about this, because I did grow up hearing this idiom. When I was a teen, my parents told me that if I were to have sex with a man, he would have no reason to marry me, because he would have already gotten what he wanted. I was also told that once a man had gotten what he wanted---i.e. … [Read more...]

How Not to Teach Children Critical Thinking

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I found this series of comments on a post I wrote about atheist parenting a couple of weeks ago very interesting and thought provoking: Two Pi Man: [I]t's about allow[ing] other people to make their own choices and respecting their decisions if they make different ones. And for children, yes absolutely it's about passing on critical thinking skills so they can evaluate philosophies & religions for themselves. Teaching, for example, that "homeopathy is bad" as an article of faith, just … [Read more...]

Jill and Jessa Duggar Have “Covenant” Marriages

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As some of you may have noticed, both Jill and Jessa Duggar have "convenient" marriages. Arkansas is one of three states a covenant marriage law. No-fault divorce laws have allowed couples to divorce without having to prove abuse or unfaithfulness, but Arkansas' covenant marriage law rolls that back. Couples with covenant marriages cannot simply get a divorce---and that now includes both Jill and Jessa.How does Arkansas' covenant marriage law work? Like this:Under a Covenant Marriage, a c … [Read more...]

On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

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I recently received the following email:Hi Libby Anne, I’m a long-time reader of your blog, so I know you occasionally write about the Duggar family. Well, recently I heard about a fairly popular petition to get the show “19 Kids and Counting” cancelled. Maybe you have also heard this, but if not, here is one news story about it: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-petition-against-19-kids-and-counting-for-lgbtq-fear-mongering/ Supposedly, this was due to comments they made against gay m … [Read more...]


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