The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in the pro-life movement. This is my story. I’d like to challenge your thinking on the subject and invite you along for the ride. Read more

A few weeks ago I came upon a blog post by Sarah of Who I Am Without You comparing the number of zygotes – i.e. fertilized eggs – flushed out of a woman’s body when she is on the pill with the number flushed out when she is not on birth control. In this post I analyze Sarah’s numbers and report my findings. You might be surprised. Read more

“I was 17, and the ring ceremony would be held at my church in a few weeks. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the ceremony. Although I actively participated in my school’s theater program, I always felt awkward and embarrassed in front of my church congregation when it came to religious proclamations. My cheeks would become rosy when asked to lead prayers at youth services.” Read more

“I am a 23 year old male currently residing in the “bible belt”. I grew up in a conservative Christian family and church in Colorado and experienced a falling away during and shortly after college. I currently consider myself somewhat of a progressive Christian or “spiritual refugee”. I try to make the focus of my religious practice on loving others. I am bi, but currently not out.” Read more

To Vision Forum, the post important thing about a child is its gender. This has changed in mainstream American society. Sure, it’s far from perfect – as the mother of a daughter growing up in a princess pink girl culture, I know this better than some – but we no longer blink at the artistic boy or the athletic girl. Skills, talents, and interests matter. But not for Vision Forum. No. For Vision Forum, your gender matters first, and any skills, talents, or interests that don’t fit your gender, well, you can just forget about those. Read more

It’s not often someone twists and distorts a Bible passage so badly that they literally make it mean the opposite of what it clearly and obviously means. But in this passage, Debi does just that. I untangle the knot Debi has made of this particular Bible passage and reveal that it actually speaks against essentially everything she’s writing about. Read more

With his books I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl, Joshua Harris singlehandedly made the word “courtship” popular in mainstream evangelical circles. Yesterday I responded to a post another blogger wrote about what she learned from Joshua Harris. Today I’m following up by discussing what I learned from Joshua Harris. I don’t own a copy of Harris’ book at the moment, but given that this post is about the messages his book gave me at the time, not simply a review of his book, I think that’s fair. Read more

Last night Richard Mourdoch, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Indiana, made a statement that seemed to indicate that God causes rape. In this post I explore his statement, his position on abortion, his opponent’s position, and the separation of church and state. Read more

Joshua Harris wrote a series of books on sex and relationships for an audience of evangelical young people. I grew up on these books and frequently write about how the things he advocated in them messed up my approach to both sex and relationships. A few weeks ago, a self-identified Christian feminist blogger responded to one of my tweets about Joshua Harris by writing a post explaining all the positive things she learned from his book. I respond. Read more

Chris Hallquist has raised some interesting objections to my post regarding who owns the Bible. He explained why he thinks it’s unfair to say that fundamentalists consider themselves “infallible” and why he thinks it’s unfair to say that atheists too often “interpret the Bible like fundamentalists.” As I explain here, I think the problem may be in part what we mean when we say “interpret the Bible.” Read more

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