Educating My White Privilege

I started this post some time ago, but recent events have made me feel that now is the time to finish and post it. Several days ago black teenager Mike Brown was gunned down by police. He was unarmed and had his hands in the air, and still the police officer shot him again, and again, and then left him for dead. Read more

The Limits of Science

I love science. I love its potential to improve the world through innovation, and I love using it to learn more about the world around me. The physical world we live in is truly fascinating. But science alone does not give us values or ethical systems. Read more

There Is More to Christianity than Penal Substitutionary Atonement

I object to the idea that Jesus needed to die on a cross to pay for my sins. For one thing, I object to the way individual sin is conceptualized. Yes, people do unkind and hateful things, but the entire framework of “sin” (and what counts as sin) and the penalty for sin (eternal torture) is fatally flawed. There are much better—and less traumatizing—ways of understanding human behavior. For another thing, I object to the idea that an innocent man’s death can in some way pay the price for my own shortcomings. It offends my sense of fairness and justice. Read more

Katlyn River, Loved and Grieved: A Story of Late-Term Abortion

We got pregnant quickly, and were thrilled, but at 9.5 weeks I started bleeding and an ultrasound showed that the baby no longer had a heartbeat. We grieved, healed, and tried again, only for me to miscarry again, this time at 5 weeks. But finally, a few months later, just a month before our first baby would have been due, we got pregnant with what seemed to be our “rainbow baby.” I was due September 6th, just 4 days after my own birthday, and we were nervous, but happy. Read more

Strong-Willed Child: Your Child Is a Defective Grocery Store Cart

He’s not done yet, but I have to give pause for a WTF moment: a baby spitting up is a sign of their temperament?!?!?! I’m not a parent myself, but I can easily imagine that spit-up is very annoying and probably happens at inopportune times. But it is a physical condition!!! I’ve heard that diaper blow-outs are horribly inconvenient as well. Should we blame a baby’s temperament for those too? Read more

Guest Post: I Am Not Planning on Being a Stay-at-Home Mom (part II)

When I was in high school, I believed that public school damaged children in irreversible ways. I imagined students having sex and performing drug deals right there in the classrooms with the teachers there, condoning their behavior. I imagined teachers becoming abusive when they learn that certain students are Christians and Christians becoming martyrs in their own school. The way that my parents described public school, I believed that nobody’s faith is strong enough to withstand public and sending your kids to public school is basically like sending them to hell. Read more

How about People Don’t Hit People?!

The irony here is that Jason appears to be suggesting that feminism actually leads to an increase in domestic violence. This is both historically false (there was plenty of domestic violence hundreds of years ago when patriarchy reigned supreme and women were quite literally possessions, thank you very much) but also logically twisted. It rests on the premise that men treat other men terribly, and that therefore if they see women as their equals they will treat them the way they treat other men—terribly. Are men really such terrible creatures as all that? Read more

In Defense of Progressive Religion

On Wednesday, blogger Kaveh Mousavi of FreeThought Blogs wrote a post criticizing my recent posts on progressive Christianity and theistic evolution. Yesterday I responded with a post discussing truth and harm. Today I will respond again, this time looking at Kaveh’s claim that progressive values are not compatible with Christianity (or Islam). Read more

CTBHHM: Cross-Dressing (with a Dose of Transphobia)

Remember that we’re in the section where Debi is discussion exemptions from obedience to one’s husband. The trouble is that, as readers have pointed out, she’s not actually explaining where the line is. Instead, she’s throwing out extreme examples where it’s okay to disobey. This is not all that helpful to women in much more typical situations, and in fact it (not unsurprisingly) reinforces the idea that disobeying one’s husband can only be done in extreme cases. Read more

Opposing Beliefs That Cause Harm

Blogger Kaveh Mousavi of FreeThought Blogs wrote a post yesterday criticizing my recent posts on progressive Christianity and theistic evolution. I want to take a moment to respond to his critiques and further explain what I’ve been trying to say. In this post I am going to look at priorities and what we mean by “truth.” In tomorrow’s post I’ll look at Kaveh’s claim that progressive values are not compatible with Christianity (or Islam). Read more

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