No, the African American Womb Is Not More Dangerous Today than during Slavery

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Several weeks ago I ran a four-post series looking at conservative theologian Doug Wilson's views of slavery and race. But there's one point I realized afterwards I left unaddressed---and it's an important point, because it's one often used by anti-abortion activists to inject race into the conversation. In his 2005 book, Black and Tan, Wilson wrote the following: Who cannot lament the damage to both white and black that has occurred as a consequence of the way in which slavery was abolished? I … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Have His Views on Slavery Changed?

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And here we are, the last of my four-part look at Doug Wilson's views on slavery. Why did I embark on this journey of further research? Why did I spend hours and hours reading Doug Wilson's writings? My interest was piqued by the disparity between these two statements, the first from 1996 and the second from last week: "Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Exchange with Thabiti Anyabwile

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Previously in this series, I have covered conservative theologian Doug Wilson's 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was, and 2005 book, Black and Tan. Wilson has often been accused of racism and has rejected the charges, but his writings tell another story. In Southern Slavery As It Was he argued that owning slaves is compatible with Christianity and that antebellum slavery was a time of racial harmony, and in Black and Tan he argued that blacks were better off in slavery than they had been in … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Black and Tan

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In our last post, we dealt with Doug Wilson's 1996 work, Southern Slavery As It Was. Today we turn to his 2005 book, Black and Tan, in which Wilson restated and defended the argument his earlier argument. Wilson wrote Black and Tan after being forced to pull Southern Slavery As It Was from publication because of serious plagiarism issues (which should tell you something about him as a scholar). I've seen people suggest that Black and Tan was simply a slightly revised republishing of Southern Sl … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Slavery As It Was

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I wrote yesterday about Doug Wilson's statement that supporting marriage equality is a worse sin than supporting slavery. In the course of writing this post, I took some time to read some of Wilson's past work more thoroughly, and I want to take a moment to share with you more of what I learned. In this post I'm going to look at Wilson's 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was. In another post, I will examine Wilson's 2005 followup book, Black and Tan. Finally, I will turn to Wilson's 2013 … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Supporting Marriage Equality Is a “Far More Serious” Problem Than Supporting Slavery

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One thing I have found especially heartening over the past few weeks has been the way progressive and moderate Christians have stepped up to the plate on marriage equality. And no, they're not just stepping up to say "not all Christians," they're stepping up to do battle on this issue with other Christians.On July 1, Kevin DeYoung published an article on the Gospel Coalition website titled 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags. It was, of course, an attempt to discredit … [Read more...]

Why Christian Homeschooling Culture Is Not a Safe Space

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Some months ago I stated in a blog post that I was becoming increasingly convinced that Christian homeschooling culture is not a safe space for young women and girls. A reader objected in the comments section, misunderstanding I think both what I meant by "Christian homeschooling culture" and "safe space."  Regardless, reading various figures' responses to the Doug Phillips scandal, and how they discuss Lourdes Torres, Phillips' victim, has made my assessment only more firm.There's this from … [Read more...]


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