A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  Long stor … [Read more...]

Christian Bloggers Pushing Back on Virginity

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I am loving what is going on this week in the Christian blogosphere. There is a conversation on virginity going on the likes of which I never expected to see. I think this is one thing that is so very powerful about the internet: it allows otherwise ordinary people to speak up and make a difference, one person's words igniting another person's words in a groundswell of change. There was a time when the power to influence people's minds and shape their theology lay almost entirely in the hands of … [Read more...]

John Piper, Gender Roles, and Women in Combat

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In the wake of the decision to allow women to serve in combat positions, let's take a look at popular evangelical leader John Piper article on the subject, "Co-Ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice." If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly s … [Read more...]

The Biblical Case against Women in Combat?

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As you probably know, the defense department has just moved to allow women in combat. This is a move that conservative evangelical leaders have been warning about for decades, and their reaction was predictable. Let's take a look at what conservative evangelical author, pastor, and Christian Patriarchy leader Douglas Wilson had to say. No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a … [Read more...]

Right-Wing Radio Hosts Discuss Man-Hating Feminists

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Jessica, a writer for Friendly Atheist, has a fascinating post up today in which she analyses  and responds to a conversation about feminism that took place between two right-wing radio hosts. This piece is instructive as well as maddening, because the radio hosts, Swanson and Buehner, employ essentially every anti-feminist stereotype and straw man out there. Here is the clip:If you don't have a moment to listen, don't worry, because Jessica took the time to transcribe the entire thing. … [Read more...]

Being Civil Does Not Mean Selling Out the Underprivileged

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[Note: For an update, please see my followup post, Walking the Walk: In Which Tony Jones Makes Good.]I've written before about the importance of civil discussion, and about reservations I have about the widespread use of shame as a tactic for effecting change. But just as abusive name calling is a problem, so too is relativism, especially when the rights and lives of underprivileged groups are at stake.Let me give an example of what I'm talking about. Tony Jones is a progressive Ch … [Read more...]

Christian Persecution Complex Much?

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Remember when, after the 2012 election, I pointed out that the Right operates in a self-imposed information deficit? Well, a reader named Betty just left a comment on a post from last summer about LGBTQ rights, and this is a pretty decent example of that phenomenon: As a matter of fact, it is [Christians'] rights that are being limited and we are becoming the minority in this nation. In many countries to even hint at being a Christian is the same as signing a death warrant. In our country they h … [Read more...]


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