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

We need to stop assuming that the fundamentalists the ones interpreting the Bible consistently and correctly while liberal Christians are “picking and choosing” and thus doing it wrong. When we do that we buy into fundamentalists’ rhetoric and accept their claim to “own” the Bible. When we do this we also ignore progressive Christianity’s long religious tradition and accept fundamentalists’ rhetoric of progressive apostasy. Listening to the fundamentalists doesn’t do us any favors. Read more

Evangelicals and fundamentalists claim that they rely on the Bible alone, and hold it up as the final arbiter of their faith. The trouble is, to understand what the Bible says they have to form an interpretation. What does the Bible mean when it says thus and such? In this post, I explore the idea, laid out in a quote by Fred Clark, that evangelicals and fundamentalists, by claiming that the Bible is inerrant, end up in point of fact asserting that they are inerrant. Read more

“My name is Rebekka, I’m in my mid-twenties, and from Denmark. I grew up in an evangelical family, started questioning Christianity at 15. Islam gave an answer to many of my issues with Christianity, so I converted to Islam at 21. After 1½ years as Muslim new issues arose. I continued to question my beliefs in an attempt to get closer to the omniscient all-loving God I had been taught about, but the more I searched the more everything fell apart. Over the following year I went through a brief period of Unitarian Universalism, agnosticism, and today I identify as an atheist.” Read more

The Rethinking Vision Forum website has undergone an upgrade. Check it out and learn more about Vision Forum, the leading organization behind the Christian Patriarchy movement. Read more

“For as perverted as my introduction to purity culture and rings was during my teenage years, I think fondly of my purity ring and its continuing role as my husband’s wedding ring. But as a feminist and a Christian, I straddle two conflicting worldviews on almost everything, but especially in the realm of marriage, relationships, and sexuality.” Read more

Does a woman who chooses voluntarily to have sex in effect consent to pregnancy? This argument seems to underlie a lot of anti-abortion rhetoric, especially given that those who oppose abortion are often the same people who want to draw a strong line connecting sex and procreation. As a reader recently stated in a comment, “When YOU do the thing that makes babies, don’t be surprised when it makes a baby — INSIDE YOU.” But how does this argument hold up to analysis? Read more

Here we learn the purpose of women’s existence – we are “gifts” from God to man. I compare Debi’s ideas about the relationship between husbands and wives to antebellum ideas about the relationship between masters and slaves and we learn that women wearing pants leads to the disorder and collapse of society, Debi style. Finally, Debi thinks her husband has quite the wit. Because telling corny jokes makes you witty, amirite? Read more

A recent encounter with a homeless man led me to more pondering about the poor. In this post I suggest that the existence of homelessness may play an important role in maintaining the current social order and posit that the rich may view the poor as lazy at least in part as a coping mechanism in order to be able to enjoy their own opulence without feeling guilt. Read more

From his comment about “binders full of women” to turning a question about equality in employment into a discussion of cooking supper, Mitt Romney made it clear once again in last night’s debate that he is simply out of touch on women’s issues. In this post I will pull out three Romney quotes and discuss what they reveal about Romney’s views on motherhood, working parents, and poor women. I invite my readers to contribute additional quotations as well! Read more

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