Brainwashed Shock Troops

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Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and probably the most visible Christian homeschool leader, is fond of calling his generation the Moses Generation and my generation the Joshua Generation. Christian homeschooling parents, he says, removed their children from the perils of Egypt (aka the public school system) and educated them in the wilderness (aka homeschooling them) in order to send them forth to conquer Canaan (aka take America back for Christ). This really … [Read more...]

A Survey for Those Raised in Religious Homes!

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I've written before about the serious methodological problems besetting essentially every study of homeschooling. Well, it's about to move way beyond that. Brian Ray, founder the agenda-ridden National Home Education Research Institute, is now expanding his repertoire with a study of all young adults who grew up in religious homes. Here's how he describes the survey (which you can take here): This is a survey of those between the ages of 18-38 years old that grew up in religious homes. Our goal … [Read more...]

God, Humanity, Depravity, and Self Esteem

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The conservative evangelicalism in which I grew up requires that in order for people to be saved, they must admit that they are in and of themselves utterly lost and sinful and deserving of eternal torture. Within this conception, it's not surprising that the idea of "self esteem" should be suspect. I recently came upon a blog post by a conservative evangelical blogger arguing just that.God has created each individual to be exactly what he or she is: a marvelously-crafted bearer of … [Read more...]

Bearing Babies for God

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I was struck by a recent article in the conservative evangelical magazine Boundless. It was called Why Have Babies? What struck me were the reasons the author gave, and must how much these reasons undergird so much of what I saw growing up in a Christian homeschool family.Good Reasons to Have Babies The world says babies are expensive, that they diminish your happiness, and that they limit your spontaneity. They are, they do, and they will — just like a whole host of other things (some wor … [Read more...]

Homeschool Debate and Growing Up in a Conservative Bubble

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As I prepared my debate briefs, scouring the internet for evidence, there were two places I always looked first—the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation. A good quote or two that could be applied in argument against a given plan was generally sufficient for my purposes. I filed my briefs carefully in my box and prepared for competition.I honestly think my participation in NCFCA, known colloquially as “homeschool debate,” was the best thing about my high school years. I participated for … [Read more...]

Life Is a Journey; Or, How Beliefs Change

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I was struck recently by a post by Latebloomer of Past Tense Present Progressive. In that post she detailed her journey from fundamentalist Christian to agnostic, describing it as follows: For as long as I've had an identity, it has been wrapped up in the word "Christian", specifically the fundamentalist variety.  I wanted my relationship with Jesus to completely consume me and leave me with no other identity and no errant belief.  My entire life would be spent in gratitude to God for saving me … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on the Closing of Exodus International

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Yesterday I posted Sarah Jones' thoughts on the closing of Exodus International and Alan Chambers' apology to the LGBTQ community. Today I want to add a few more thoughts of my own.As a kid, I grew up in the shadow of Exodus International. I did not then identify as anything but stick straight, but Exodus shaped my perceptions of and understanding of the LGBTQ community. It was from Exodus, and the evangelical organizations that shed its message, that I learned that guys became gay as a … [Read more...]


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