Forward Thinking: What would you tell teenagers about sex?

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I'ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan's roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on collective mourning two weeks ago, and with that said, it's time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the problems of the purity culture's elevation of virginity. The evangelicalism I grew up in made abstinence before marriage a critical matter of faith, and did it's utmost to persuade of scare … [Read more...]

Birth Control: The Movie

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Fred Clark has been writing a lot about evangelical Christians' growing opposition to birth control. Just five years ago it would have been unthinkable for American evangelicals to rally against contraception. Religious opposition to contraception was strictly a Catholic thing and evangelicals, as Protestants, did not accept the baroque theological arguments supporting that Catholic teaching.That has begun to change. White evangelicals have begun adopting Catholic language and Catholic … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Staying In: Growing Up Lesbian in Evangelical America

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A guest post by Liz. Let’s start somewhere familiar. In high school, I had an all-consuming crush on a girl. She was pretty, smart, and just screwed up enough to make me want to don my shining armor, mount my faithful steed, and save her (unsurprisingly, I was also a bit of a geek). And, like billions of teenagers before me, I never told her—though, as I was fifteen at the time and hardly a master of subtlety, she probably knew. But unlike some of those who came before, it wasn’t fear of reje … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Demons, Glitter, and a Guy on the Floor: My Experience with an Apostolic Prayer Group

New Apostalic Reformation

A guest post by AhabMuch attention has been devoted to a fundamentalist religious movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). NAR is a network of charismatic Christian ministries that rose from the independent Charismatic movement, known as Third Wave Christianity. C. Peter Wagner was responsible for constructing its basic theology, and figures such as Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs have expanded and marketed the movement. During the 2008 presidential election, the movement received … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Home because of Sickness

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A guest post by AttackfishI was “homeschooled” (and I’m not sure I am comfortable calling it that) for absolutely non-ideological reasons, and in fact, there was only ever a brief time during my schooling in which I was not enrolled in public school, at the very end, a few weeks before I took my GED.I was born with a severe immune disease, and along with making me extremely prone to infection, it also causes me to have seizures, narcolepsy, fainting spells, asthma, and circulatory probl … [Read more...]

Housekeeping and Ongoing Projects

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I just spent the better part of my morning doing some organizing here on the blog---namely, organizing some of the ongoing projects I feature here at Love, Joy, Feminism. I'd encourage you to take a look at them and also to consider participating in them. Each project has a main page that I've put some work into and is hopefully both inviting and easy to navigate. I'm going to take a moment to give a quick rundown:Raised Quiverfull consists of both a panel and a project. The panel involves … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Isaac’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 Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went.My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]


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