Growing up, I knew there was a close alignment between my family’s evangelical religion and our politics. They seemed to fit hand in glove. Of course we were Republicans! What true Christian could be otherwise? The Republican party stood for good Christian values and Biblical policies while the Democrats stood for everything anti-Christian, from socialism to gay marriage to abortion. I mean, Jesus loves capitalism, right? Right! But this alliance is not simply something that is natural or a given. In fact,… Read more

The Friendly Atheist recently posted an the results of a survey on women in the church, and was shocked to find that some churches don’t allow women to teach men. Frankly, I was surprised that the number was so low – only 3%. Because, well, growing up that was just how things were. I remember that there was a woman who wanted to teach my high school AWANA group at a fundamentalist church across town. Thing is, there were, well, teenage… Read more

I read the Chronicles of Narnia over again and again and again as a child. My dad read them aloud to us, and we read them to ourselves, and then we acted them out in the woods, creating wooden swords and bows and going on adventures. The oldest four of us, two boys and two girls, took on the roles of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. This meant that I was Susan. I felt very conflicted about being Susan. On… Read more

A guest blogger at Feministe named Eve has written a wonderful post about the culture wars divide. She makes an argument for empathy, beginning by explaining how the bubble that is conservative evangelicalism can envelop a person’s life and frame how they see the world around them. She finishes by raising big questions, questions about how we should go about bridging this divide and about whether it’s even possible to do so. “I lived in that bubble my entire childhood…. Read more

I recently ran across a truly excellent article on the politics of the conservative family (seriously, go read the whole thing). I found the section on children and child rearing especially pertinent to my own experiences and a helpful overview of a lot of the particularities of evangelical and fundamentalist views toward children and child rearing. I’m going to quote from this section, pausing every couple of paragraphs for some commentary. …Drawing in part on their belief in original sin and… Read more

When I was eight or ten, my mom was really interested in finding a particular geography book to use in homeschooling us. Frequently when we would go to a historical home or a museum, she would see it on a shelf and say “There! That’s the book I want!” It was published in 1902, you see. Frye’s Geography. She’d heard it promoted somewhere, at a conference or in a homeschool magazine. She eventually found it used somewhere and was thrilled…. Read more

After a post a few weeks ago turned into a sort of impromptu space for introductions, I thought it might be a good idea to set up an official “Introductions” post, especially for those of you who comment frequently. Any of my readers are welcome and invited to introduce themselves here, but to make this space efficient, I would like everyone to follow a specific format: 1. Your name/internet handle 2. Your background 3. Your current beliefs 4. A bit… Read more

In case you’ve missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I’d pull together some of the posts I’ve been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts. One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give… Read more

So you may remember that a few weeks ago Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton’s book, The Jefferson Lies, upon learning that the book contained inaccuracies. Historians have known for years that David Barton does shoddy history. What is new is that a growing number of conservative evangelical organizations that before took Barton’s words as gospel truth are now questioning him. And why this is happening is fascinating – and instructive. David Barton is the Ken Ham of history. He’s got an agenda… Read more

Fred Clark of The Slactivist recently put up a post about how evangelicals’ beliefs about the end times are influencing public policy, especially the belief that the UN is just a placeholder for the coming one world government that will be led by the Antichrist and will be dedicated to the extermination of Christians. To many, this may seem like a weird conspiracy theory. To me growing up, it was, well, normal. Consider this from Fred’s post: Agenda 21 has… Read more

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