Tim LaHaye Wrote More than Left Behind

Evangelical pastor and author Tim LaHaye died last week. While LaHaye is best known for his Left Behind series, which details the end times as described in Revelation, set in a fictionalized future, this was far from his only written publication. For example, there was his 1978 work, The Unhappy Gays: What Everyone Should Know about Homosexuality. Have a look:You can read a detailed summary of this book here. It's every bit as bad as it looks. But while some people are already … [Read more...]


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Is Josh Harris Actually Taking Responsibility?

Josh Harris was interviewed on NPR recently. I know this because my husband started yelling at me to come into the kitchen right freaking now and I was like, wait, you can't just order me to drop everything like that, that's not how it works, and he was like, trust me, you're going to want to hear this. And there it was. Josh Harris on NPR, discussing his 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. After reading his apology two months ago to several bloggers who have, like me, spent years blogging … [Read more...]


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What the Ark Encounter Reveals about Science, the Bible, and Entertainment

I have some training in public history---museums, archival work, etc.---and one thing I remember very clearly is that historical architectural reproductions should be built using materials as close to the original materials as possible, especially when it is a reconstruction (or restoration) of a specific historical building. Using tools and materials they would not have had available to them at the time changes things significantly, and is generally done as sparingly as possible. After all, it … [Read more...]


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I Was Raised to Be a Conservative Culture Warrior. Then I Jumped the Political Fence.

I grew up in a conservative homeschool family and religious community firmly ensconced in the Christian Right. I was raised to be a culture warrior. I was raised to create change, to be a mover and a shaker. But only for the conservative side of things, of course, and there's the rub, because I'm no longer conservative. My mother recently told me she thinks I should write historical children's books---she's always suggesting careers that she thinks would allow me to work from home and homeschool … [Read more...]


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Virginia Reforms Troglodyte Marriage Law

According to the Washington Post, Virginia has amended its marriage law: Only adults can get married in Virginia, according to a new law replacing policies that made it possible for a girl 13 or younger to marry if she had parental consent and was pregnant. According to UNICEF, any marriage of an individual under age 18 is classified as a child marriage. That Virginia previously allowed girls as young as 13 to marry is shocking, but most U.S. states allow children of 16 or 17 to marry with … [Read more...]


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Terrorist Attack, Mass Shooting, or Anti-Gay Hate Crime? How We Talk about Orlando Is Important

Was Orlando an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it an anti-gay hate crime? Since it can obviously be (and arguably is) both, let me rephrase the question slightly: Was Orlando primarily an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it primarily an anti-gay hate crime? I ask because I'm seeing an enormous amount of disagreement on this point, and that disagreement that matters, because it runs along ideological (and party) lines---and because it significantly affects our response to the tragedy.Florida … [Read more...]


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Pastor Doug Wilson: Christianity Is the Real Target

Surprise surprise, our favorite pastor, Doug Wilson, has blogged about Sunday's shooting in Orlando. After discussing whether the dead are in hell (they are) and whether their sin was worse than anyone else's (it wasn't, because abortion), he gets down to what he sees as the root of the issue: No, no, they will say. It is all connected. Evangelical opposition to homosexuality and opposition to COEXIST religiosity both contribute to a climate of rejection, exclusion, and division, which in turn h … [Read more...]


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