Is Creationism Racist?

Origins

I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. I've been to the Creation Museum, and I've been reading Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine for close to a decade now. And one thing that was drilled into me over and over again is that racism is rooted in the theory of evolution and that creationism, which teaches that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, is the antidote to … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Read Jonathan Dudley’s Broken Words

Broken Words

Jonathan Dudley sent me a copy of his Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics over a month ago, and I have been remiss in my promise to review it. But now that I've read it, let me put it this way: This is the book you need to read so that you can effectively counter evangelical Christians' opposition to abortion, marriage equality, and evolution. This is the book you need to give to every one of your evangelical friends and relatives.Jonathan Dudley and I have a … [Read more...]

Griego Family Likely Quiverfull

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There's something very odd about opening the news and seeing clips of information that make you realize you probably have a better understanding of the backdrop of a story than do the people reporting it....ten children......unregistered homeschoolers......Nehemiah ... Zephaniah ... Jael......prison ministry...Honestly, it's like having a checklist in my head. Check. Check. Check. Check.Yesterday tragedy visited the Griego family. Fifteen-year-old Nehemiah shot and killed … [Read more...]

The Hidden Power of Introverts

introvert

This month I was offered the opportunity to take part in Patheos' book club. I am reviewing Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. It might initially seem like this book has little to do with the topics I regularly write about, but on further reflection I began to see some connections. And even beyond that, the book is simply fascinating.Cain outlines the history of what she calls "the extrovert ideal" and seeks to show that the potential and gifts of … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: Civic Responsibility Roundup

civic responsibibility

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

homeschool girl

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...]


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