On Creation, Evolution, and Criticizing Progressive Christianity

From time to time, I hear other atheists saying that cannot reconcile God and evolution, or Christianity and feminism, or the Bible and gay rights. Now first of all, I actually think you can do all of those things. I worry that atheists sometimes read fundamentalists’ approach to the Bible onto all Christians when in practice there are a variety of ways of approaching, understanding, and interpreting the Bible. But more than that, I worry that if we spend our time saying these things can’t be reconciled, we make it harder for evangelical and fundamentalist Christians to part ways with toxic ideologies. Read more

Israel Wayne on the (Patriarchal) Father’s Role

Israel Wayne is supposed to be a voice of reason in the Christian homeschooling community. A homeschool graduate himself, and now a homeschool father, he travels the convention circuit and has written blog posts criticizing various patriarchal homeschool leaders. It’s a pity he’s unaware that he is himself one of those patriarchal homeschool leaders. Read more

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

My dad told me that I can’t be a pastor because only men can do that, but I can be whatever else I wanted. I think that was the moment I became a feminist even though I didn’t have the word for it at five years old. It never once occurred to me that I was not going to have every career in the world, and it definitely never dawned on me that many Christians at my church believed that as as a Christian woman, my role was to be a wife and mother and nothing else. Read more

Strong-Willed Child: Comically Absurd Examples of “Willful Defiance”

Wow. So it’s more important to mold your child into something convenient for you than to teach her to be responsible for herself. It’s more important that your child never talk back or ask questions than learn how to take care of himself. It’s more important that they walk around on eggshells around their parents than learn to own their own actions and behavior and mistakes and decisions. That’s just great, Dobson. Read more

Protecting Your Marriage from Adultery

Now, as a woman nearing her fourth wedding anniversary, I’m happy that other married couples want to protect themselves from adultery. . . . Unfortunately, I think there are some places where Danielle slips away from building healthy, happy, confident relationships into building relationships that protect against misconduct. This inherently implies that you cannot trust your spouse, and this is really unfortunate. Read more

CTBHHM: Sodomite Predator

Her conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia confuses the issue. Are there interstate rest stops where gay men have sex and rape boys? I know that historically, gay men have sometimes used public restrooms as meeting places for sex, because they had nowhere else and the stigma was so high. But gay men and pedophiles are not the same thing. Read more

Richard Dawkins and Rape Rape

Frankly, Dawkins doesn’t sound like he knows much more about rape than Todd Akin or any of the other Republican men who commented disastrously on rape in the last election cycle. Instead of pontificating on rape, men like these need to listen to women who have experienced rape, to therapists who work with rape victims, and to activists working to prevent rape and help survivors. This way they might actually learn something rather than putting their feet in their mouth making ignorant and harmful statements on the subject. Read more

Both Children and Parents Are Demanding

Sometimes, when we are on a road trip to visit relatives, we stop at a drive through on the way. Last week was one of those times. Then comes the flurry of passing out fries and figuring out whose shake is whose and everything that goes along with that—straws, napkins, ketchup, the works. Sean was driving and I was passing things every which way, the children and Sean simultaneously putting in bids for their food. I was on sensory overload and feeling frazzled and finally, in exasperation, I called for a ceasefire. Read more

What If My Children Adopted My Parents’ Beliefs?

I suppose that for me, when I talk about tolerance or acceptance, what I’m really talking about the ability to maintain a healthy relationship with someone in spite of differences in belief or life choices. Having a healthy relationship doesn’t mean never disagreeing with someone, or never telling someone when you are concerned for them, but it does mean not treating someone badly or resorting to guilt trips or manipulation when there are disagreements. Read more

“And How Many Daddies?”

I love Sally’s youthful openness and honesty, I truly do. She encounters these things without prior preconceptions and without priorities. She soaks up new information without judgment and integrates it into her understanding of the world. She still has plenty to learn—she didn’t used the correct pronouns for the transgender woman, for instance—but she is open to and interested in learning. Read more

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