Fifty Shades of Disagreement: Evangelicals and Feminists on Fifty Shades of Grey

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I've avoided discussing Fifty Shades of Grey, but I do feel the need to touch on a specific aspect of the controversy that surrounds the book (and now, the film). Namely, I'm fascinated that feminists and evangelical Christians have been the book's most vocal critics. The two would seem unlikely allies! But then, while both groups have tended to condemn Fifty Shades of Grey as toxic, they aren't truly allies in this, because they oppose the books for completely different reasons. Feminists speak … [Read more...]

Men Rape and Women Seduce: John Piper’s Deleted Tweet

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Last week, conservative evangelical theologian John Piper tweeted something that went so far he ultimately had to delete it. Piper has gone pretty far before, such as when he tweeted verses from Job in response to a rash of deadly tornadoes, and then wrote a blog post describing the tornadoes as "the fingers of God" come down from heaven to punish a wicked people. This time, though, his foray was into what I call "purity culture," which often devolves into rape culture and worse.Make no … [Read more...]

Opposing Beliefs That Cause Harm

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Blogger Kaveh Mousavi of FreeThought Blogs wrote a post yesterday criticizing my recent posts on progressive Christianity and theistic evolution. I want to take a moment to respond to his critiques and further explain what I've been trying to say. In this post I am going to look at priorities and what we mean by "truth." In tomorrow's post I'll look at Kaveh's claim that progressive values are not compatible with Christianity (or Islam).Kaveh starts out with this: [A]ny atheist who argues in … [Read more...]

Rochester University Professor Trivializes Rape of Unconscious People

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***Trigger Warning for Rape Apology*** I just read a rather horrifying post. Every time someone claims there is no such thing as rape apologia, I read a post like this. This one is by Steven Landsburg, a professor of economics at the University of Rochester. Say what? Say yes. Here are three dilemmas about public policy:Question 1:Farnsworth McCrankypants just hates the idea that someone, somewhere might be looking at pornography. It’s not that he thinks porn causes bad behavior; it’s just t … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Do We Owe Our Parents?

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I’ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on punishment and moral failures two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.Nearly two weeks ago, an article on Slate asked an interesting question: When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them? This got me thinking. Given that one of the ten commandments orders child … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Ziggy the Zygote

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In my post on how I lost faith in the pro-life movement, I wrote two things about zygotes. First, I wrote about the utter lack of concern the pro-life movement shows for saving the huge number of zygotes - i.e. fertilized eggs - that are naturally expelled from women's bodies before they even have an inkling that a pregnancy may be about to begin. Second, I wrote that because birth control prevents ovulation, those who believe that zygotes are the moral equivalent of people should be working to … [Read more...]

“When God Closes A Door”

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Have you ever heard the phrase "sometimes God closes a door"? It was a common phrase in my evangelical upbringing. If you, say, were applying for a job and then didn't get it, well, you would say that God "closed that door." And this was good, of course, because by closing a door God was guiding you to something better for you.See, growing up as an evangelical Christian meant growing up believing that God was intimately involved in our lives in very real ways. We believed God was present, … [Read more...]


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