What Spiritual Warfare Has in Common with New Ageism

I grew up in an evangelical household. I have been on prayer walks. Growing up, I was taught that the world around us is full of angels and demons locked in conflict, a conflict we (usually) cannot see. The prayers of believers have the power to banish demons. When we would go on a prayer walk around a neighborhood, that is what we would do—pray away the evil forces and pray down God’s protection.

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This Is How It Happens

The “pro-family” lobby frequently uses the language of the “traditional family” to combat efforts to define the family more broadly, including both gay and lesbian couples and other family forms. When I point out that the “traditional family” was one in which things like domestic violence were tolerated and accepted, individuals who engage in this rhetoric are frequently askance—that’s not what they mean, they insist. They mean the family form—man, woman, children—not wife-beating.

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Abortion in the Public Imagination

It’s absurd that an anti-abortion writer would feel the image of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy would be a relevant accompanying image. It’s not. The vast majority of abortions happen before a woman starts to show; even late-term abortions tend to occur during the second trimester. An image of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy is relevant to things like maternity leave or childcare costs, not abortion.

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Lesbian Duplex 103: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also.

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How I’ve Benefited from the ACA

Given the threat the Affordable Care Act faces today, I thought I’d start a thread for commenters to share how the ACA benefited them personally. I know from what I’m seeing on Facebook that that will likely be a large number of you. In the spirit of sharing, I’ll start. When my children were very small, they were on Medicaid. Then our income rose, and we no longer qualified. Just before this happened my son was diagnosed with a condition that required surgery—to the tune of $10,000.

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Saturday Link Love: Academia, Drug Users, and Health Insurance

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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What Work of Christian Fiction Should I Review Next?

I’ve finished my review series of Michael Farris’ Anonymous Tip. I enjoyed reviewing a work of Christian fiction, though, and I’d like to do it again. With that in mind, I have obtained copies of three works of Christian fiction, and would like your input on choosing which one to review next.

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Anonymous Tip: The (Actual) End

This book wasn’t written for a secular audience—it was written for other evangelical Christians, who will believe that the bizarre behavior of the social workers represents reality, not notice Peter’s ethical lapses, and assume that Walinisky and Humphrey got their deserts without being reported for their crimes. And that, perhaps, is what makes this book a tragedy.

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Protestants and Catholics Overrepresented in Congress

I’ve seen some chatter about the underrepresentation of religiously unaffiliated Americans in Congress, but I want to phrase the issue a slightly different way—both Protestants and, especially, Catholics are overrepresented in the House and the Senate. Why does this matter?

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An Apologetics Check-UP

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World Magazine, recently republished some of his remarks during a debate with the late Christopher Hitchens in 2007. I grew up reading World Magazine. I’ve journeyed far in the ten years since I left home. When Olasky’s reposting of his remarks popped up, I was curious. How does his work stack up now, read as an adult who has long left religion behind? So I took a look.

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