Guest Post: I Hugged Dating Hello, Part II: Developing Spiritual Intimacy

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A guest post by MollyPart II of An Open Letter to Joshua HarrisA note for readers: Molly is a progressive Christian who is looking at Harris' book and teachings through that lens. Please bear this in mind as you read this installment and be respectful with your responses.  Dear Josh,The last time we parted ways I left you with a quote from Julia Feder, an author featured at Women In Theology: sexual intimacy is only one form of relational intimacy—emotional intimacy, int … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Hugged Dating Hello, Part I: Developing Relational Intimacies

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A guest post by MollyPart I of An Open Letter to Joshua HarrisDear Josh (May I call you Josh? You may call me Molly.)I recently finished reading your book I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Romance and Relationship, and I want to share my reaction. I’m halfway through earning my Master of Divinity degree at a Presbyterian seminary on the East Coast, and my focus is looking at how enforcing “biblically-based” gender roles aids (or, in the case of most scenarios I’ve read, d … [Read more...]

The Real Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military … Men’s Careers?!?

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So, this is kind of horrifying, but some individuals are actually arguing that women shouldn't be allowed to serve in more military positions because when they do the rate of sexual assaults will go up, and that will ruin men's careers. Yes, you heard that right. Men's careers.Here's what leading anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly had to say: Military women are already complaining about increased sexual assaults, and of course those problems will skyrocket. Only men will be deemed at fault because … [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech =/= Speech Free from Consequences

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Seriously, I'm really getting tired of people griping about how their FREEDOM OF SPEECH is being violated because people don't like what they're saying and say as much. Look, you are perfectly free to call a gay person a pervert. Really! But that does not mean I can't call you out for that, or that I have to be buddy buddy with you, or that I have to endorse your hate. Heck no. And you know what? You are perfectly free to call a woman you don't like a c***. Really! But if you do that, be ready … [Read more...]

When Evangelicalism Was Egalitarian

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Some time back I remarked that there was a time when evangelicalism was egalitarian to the extent that it was counter-cultural and was perceived as a threat to the patriarchal order. Several readers expressed interested in learning more about this. So, let's do this, shall we?Growing up as an evangelical, I was taught by both my family and my church that patriarchal/complementarian gender roles had always been a staple of American evangelicalism. I learned that in the twentieth century mainl … [Read more...]

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...]


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