Why Evangelicals Support Trump

I grew up in an evangelical home and left the Republican Party as a young adult. As I've watched this year's presidential primary play out, I've been confused by the amount of support Trump has garnered among evangelicals. I've avoided any discussion of politics with my parents this electoral season, but I hear that my still-Republican parents agree with Trump's positions but find him arrogant, and so are Cruz supporters. This makes sense. Growing up, I remember talk of putting a godly leader in … [Read more...]


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Fundamentalist Leader Bill Gothard Threatens to Sue the Women Accusing Him of Sexually Molesting Them as Teens

Last October, ten women filed a negligence lawsuit against the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a fundamentalist Christian organization that put on conferences for families, produced Christian-based homeschool curriculum, and often employed the teenage children of its followers. In January this lawsuit was amended to also name Bill Gothard, IBLP's founder and president until his resignation in March 2014 amid accusations that he had sexually harassed and molested dozens of teenage g … [Read more...]


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How Answers in Genesis Shattered My Faith in Creationism

Earlier today, Answers in Genesis posted an article titled There Is Hope for Atheists! In this article, Ken Ham writes about witnessing to atheists. He explains that when he reads the "blasphemous and vitriolic" comments of atheists he understands that most of them have never heard sound apologetics arguments. At Answers in Genesis, through our resources, conferences, and other outreaches, we do our best to defend the Christian faith using apologetics against the secular attacks of our day. B … [Read more...]


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Saeed Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Manipulative Abuse of Couples Counseling

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Naghmeh and Saeed Abedini. In that post, I outlined Franklin Graham's response to the abuse allegations Naghmeh Abedini levied against her husband, Saeed Abedini. If you remember, Saeed was an evangelical pastor imprisoned in Iran until from 2012 until last month. Naghmeh spoke of Saeed's abuse in emails to supporters last November, and an evangelical magazine made these allegations public. Despite of the fact that Saeed pled guilty to misdemeanor dome … [Read more...]


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What Do Dating and Grocery Stores Have in Common?

I recently encountered this photo on Facebook:Text reads: "Dating without the intent of getting married is like going to the grocery store with no money. You either leave unsatisfied or take something that isn't yours." -- AnonymousWhaaaaat. Let's deconstruct this, shall we?Why is it wrong to steal food from a grocery store? Because that food belongs to someone else---namely, the owner of the grocery store. What if the grocery store owner decides to give away produce for free, … [Read more...]


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Why the “God Is a Father and Must Punish His Children” Defense of Hell Makes No Sense to Me

It occurs to me that the Christian idea of hell is tied up in ideas about parenting and punishment that are becoming less widespread. I recently told a relative that I don't believe hell exists and was met with complete consternation. But the reality is that I simply cannot make the very concept of hell make sense, even if I try. I mean don't get me wrong, I remember what I used to believe as an evangelical and why. But today, my approach to parenting makes hell---and the evangelical perception … [Read more...]


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Puncturing Declension Narratives

Last week Homeschoolers Anonymous posted this photo, "an actual graph Reb Bradley created for his mental health curriculum." You can see it here: So you know what's strange? A lot of Protestants argue that before the Protestant Reformation, most people were duped by the Catholic Church into believing they could work their way to heaven. These individuals weren't really saved and weren't really following the Bible, the argument goes, and the priests and monks---the ones who did read the Bi … [Read more...]


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