Birth Control: The Movie

birth control the movie

Fred Clark has been writing a lot about evangelical Christians' growing opposition to birth control. Just five years ago it would have been unthinkable for American evangelicals to rally against contraception. Religious opposition to contraception was strictly a Catholic thing and evangelicals, as Protestants, did not accept the baroque theological arguments supporting that Catholic teaching.That has begun to change. White evangelicals have begun adopting Catholic language and Catholic … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Staying In: Growing Up Lesbian in Evangelical America

worried young woman

A guest post by Liz. Let’s start somewhere familiar. In high school, I had an all-consuming crush on a girl. She was pretty, smart, and just screwed up enough to make me want to don my shining armor, mount my faithful steed, and save her (unsurprisingly, I was also a bit of a geek). And, like billions of teenagers before me, I never told her—though, as I was fifteen at the time and hardly a master of subtlety, she probably knew. But unlike some of those who came before, it wasn’t fear of reje … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Demons, Glitter, and a Guy on the Floor: My Experience with an Apostolic Prayer Group

New Apostalic Reformation

A guest post by AhabMuch attention has been devoted to a fundamentalist religious movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). NAR is a network of charismatic Christian ministries that rose from the independent Charismatic movement, known as Third Wave Christianity. C. Peter Wagner was responsible for constructing its basic theology, and figures such as Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs have expanded and marketed the movement. During the 2008 presidential election, the movement received … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Isaac’s Story

Isaac

A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went.My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]

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

fear

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

pushing

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

women in combat

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...]


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