Today is the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It is also Blog for Choice Day 2013. Let’s hit the highlights, shall we? Read more

I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. 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 evolution. In this post I examine the problems with this idea. Read more

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. Read more

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. Check. Unregistered homeschoolers. Check. Nehemiah … Zephaniah … Jael. Check. Prison ministry. Check. Honestly, it’s like having a checklist in my head. Read more

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. Read more

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, and introduced the first prompt – what does civic responsibility mean to you? Dan is introducing our next prompt today, and in this post I will pull together posts from other bloggers to round off our discussion of civic responsibility. Read more

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? Read more

A guest post by Kelly. I’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 pulled out of school for non-religious reasons. Read more

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. What my parents didn’t notice is how their ideas about gender differences in this area both shaped how they perceived the information they received from us and how we behaved. Read more

I’d like to think that Debi doesn’t know what she’s doing here, but given how often she assures her readers that she’s not ignorant of the sinful world around her, I really don’t think we can give her the benefit of the doubt. Debi knows that there are abused women out there. She knows that there are women who live in fear of their lives. She knows there are women out there who are threatened and beaten. And still she writes this, and without qualification. Read more

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