Forward Thinking: Civic Responsibility Roundup

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How do we balance individual and community? To whom do we owe responsibility - our local community, our nation, or all of humanity?Two weeks ago I announced Forward Thinking, a values development project created in collaboration with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers, and introduced the first prompt. Dan is introducing our next prompt today (head on over to see it!), and in this post I will pull together some themes from the various responses to round off the one I introduced two weeks ago: … [Read more...]

You Only Think You’re Saved

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Evangelical Christians believe that there is a literal heaven and a literal hell, and that one of our primary focuses on this earth should be ensuring that as many people go to heaven as possible. Given the belief in a literal heaven and a literal hell, this makes sense. Evangelicals believe that because we do bad things (aka "sin"), we deserve to go to hell, but that Jesus died on the cross to make a way for us to go to heaven. If. And there's the stipulation. If. If what? While evangelicals … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: I’m Ambivalent

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A guest post by KellyI’m rather ambivalent towards homeschooling. On the one hand, so much of the movement as it exists today is dominated by people whose political views I strongly disagree with. On the other, my experience was, on the whole, quite positive, and I think there are enough problems with the American public school system to make homeschooling quite an appealing option for people in this country.Part of the reason homeschooling went rather well for me, I think, is that I was … [Read more...]

My Brothers and My Mother

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When my brothers were about ten or twelve, my parents began to say that they were "chafing at being under the authority of a woman." By this they meant that my brothers didn't like having to obey my mom, because, of course, they were becoming men. And, well, men don't like being under female authority. Or at least, that's what they said. And to this day, if you asked my mother, she would tell you that all of her boys have "chafed under her authority" while none of her girls have done so. She … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: How To Be an Abused Woman

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 54-55***trigger warning***Debi starts this passage by laying out what she calls "God's Blueprint for Marriage." She first quotes several verses: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let wives be to their own husbands in everything" (Ephesians 5: … [Read more...]

Jane Austen, Mr. Collins, and Rape Culture

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What we call "rape culture" is nothing new, and its roots go deep. The "no means no" campaign on first glance seems to be too obvious to need saying. Except that it's unfortunately not. This statement is probably the one thing from the whole Nice Guys of OK Cupid thing that stuck with me the most: A No is just a Yes that needs a little convincing! To be honest, this is frightening to me. And maddening. The idea that I could tell a man "no" and have him see that as a challenge rather than an an … [Read more...]

“We Are the Government” and Other Thoughts

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This post is an installment in Forward Thinking: A Values Development Project. Forward Thinking is an invitation to both readers and fellow bloggers to participate in forming positive values and grappling with thorny questions. Click here to for the introduction, or here for the current prompt.   What does civic responsibility mean to you? "Why do you view the government like this, like it's something out there, something separate, an enemy?" The speaker was Norwegian, the location a confe … [Read more...]


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