Guest Post: Christian Right Activism Is a Global Issue

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A Guest Post by AhabMany of us are familiar with the political and social activism of the Religious Right in the U.S., having observed its affronts to LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights, and religious pluralism. It's easy to think of the Christian Right as an American problem, but we must also remember that it's a global matter as well. As progressive bloggers and activists in the U.S. keep an eye on the Religious Right, we must also pay attention to right-wing Christian activism on the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: . . . But I’m Still a Christian!

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A Guest Post by Perfect Number This post is a rant against evangelicals' insistence that being Christian means voting Republican. The author was raised in a conservative evangelical home but has drifted to the left on her social positions even as she still identifies as Christian. Please be respectful in your comments.   People are going to say I’m not a Christian.Because I support gay rights. Clearly, I must be rejecting “the bible’s clear teaching on homosexuality.” A real Christian would … [Read more...]

Who Deserves Our Attention? On Outrage Blogging

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Fellow Patheos blogger Chris recently had an interesting post about blogging, the internet, and outrage. A few days ago I stumbled across an article by David Wong titled “5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 5 Seconds.” One item in particular was uncomfortably familiar: “The Headline Is About a ‘Lawmaker’ Saying Something Stupid”: A low-level politician with no power said something incredibly stupid, and the opposing party is trumpeting it from the mountaintops to make everyone in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Hugged Dating Hello, Part V: Developing Intellectual Intimacy

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A guest post by MollyPart V of An Open Letter to Joshua Harris “The premise of dating is ‘I’m attracted to you; therefore let’s get to know each other.’ The premise of friendship, on the other hand, is ‘We’re interested in the same things; let’s enjoy these common interests together.’ If romantic attraction forms after developing a friendship, it’s an added bonus” (39). Dear Josh,Intellectual intimacy was the hardest section for me to write because you don’t really discuss it beyond fin … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson on the Problem of Heaven

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Doug Wilson recently published an article addressing a student's doubts and questions about faith. I recently received a letter from a student who was struggling in his faith, and the crux of the struggle was how the love of God, as described in the Bible, could be reconciled with some of the choices of God, as described in the Bible.There are many examples of this problem, so let me pick just several representative ones. God is a loving God, and yet He is the one who commanded the … [Read more...]

Growing Up Evangelical at the End of the World

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"Dad, when do you think the rapture will happen?""Oh, probably in the next five or ten years."I was eleven. Eleven. And I trusted my dad. I respected him, a lot. He was the smartest person I knew - well read, intelligent, a thinking person. You know how doctors sometimes tell cancer patients how many years they have left to live? That's what this felt like. I had ten years. Ten. No wonder I hoped to marry and have children early. I didn't want to miss my chance.Any time I saw a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Hugged Dating Hello, Part IV: Casting Out Fear at the Intersection of Emotional and Sexual Intimacy

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A guest post by MollyPart IV of An Open Letter to Joshua Harris “…I have no business asking for a girl’s heart and exclusive affections if I’m not ready to consider marriage. Until I can do that, I’d only be using that girl to meet my short-term needs, not seeking to bless her for the long term. Would I enjoy having a girlfriend right now? You bet! But I wouldn’t truly be loving her and putting her interests first” (19).“In most cases, especially when we’re younger, dating is short term … [Read more...]


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