Tragedies Should Be Calls to Action

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I'm hearing it again. Eighteen elementary children met pointless deaths today, and yet my facebook feed has lit up with cries that gun control doesn't solve anything and assertions that the problem is spiritual darkness, not things like guns or mental illness. Eighteen families have lost their children, and yet the cries of denial are loud already. I am a mother. I have children, one of whom is fast approaching elementary school age. I cannot imagine the grief those families in Connecticut … [Read more...]

How Sex Offenders Return to the Pulpit

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I grew up in a large evangelical megachurch. I only ever heard of one sex scandal, and that involved a junior pastor having an affair with a secretary. The junior pastor left both his family and the church, the secretary stayed with her husband (I am not sure whether she kept her job at the church), and that was the end of that. So for a long time, I have been unable to understand stories like this one, reported as follows by blogger Incongruous Circumspection: Many of my readers may be familiar … [Read more...]

Creationists Embrace “Truth in Education” in Indiana

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Many of evangelicals' attempts to insert creationism into the classroom over the past half decade or so have actually been based in the rhetoric of progressive education. The latest development in Indiana's nascent creationist wars is just one more example of this. Confused? Let me explain. After laws banning the teaching of evolution in public schools were struck down in the 1960s creationists began arguing that schools should teach both creation and evolution and then let students make up … [Read more...]

Homeschoolers, the Social Contract, and Identity

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It started with a blog post last September provocatively called Death to Homeschooling. Patheos Christian blogger Tony Jones of Theoblogy argued against homeschooling as follows: Like many people who have their first child approaching kindergarten age, I have been thinking about all of our options for next year: neighborhood public school, public French immersion, charter school, private school, homeschool. But it seems to me that if I am truly committed to living a missional life, then I must … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Obama’s Election Is God’s Judgment

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There have been a lot of different responses by conservatives to the results of the election nearly two weeks ago. Some have advocated for "doubling down," arguing that Republican candidates weren't conservative enough and didn't talk about issues like abortion and gay marriage enough while others have argued that conservatives in general, and the Christian Right in particular, need to change their tactics and recognize that changes in voter demographics are likely to … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Joy’s Story

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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 Joy; I am a 42-year-old wife and working mother of 2. I was raised in an evangelical home that was fairly well-integrated into mainstream culture. My mother is a conservative evangelical and my father is a progressive evangelical (think Jim Wallis).  I grew up to … [Read more...]

How Dan Fincke Deconverted

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Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers has been writing an ongoing series about his deconversion from evangelical Christianity to atheism. While it's long, it's quite good, because Dan takes the time to really analyze what challenged his faith, how he fought to keep it, and how and why he eventually found he could not hold onto it. Dan explains why he writes about his deconversion as follows: As with other evangelicals, my story of deconversion is in part about proving the sincerity of my … [Read more...]


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