The Last Name Project

From Two to One and The Feminist Mystique are co-hosting a series called The Last Name Project, “profiling an array of individuals and couples about their last name decisions upon marriage or what they expect to choose if they marry.” A little while ago, Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism did a guest post for [Read More...]

Oh, “Brother.”

When I was a kid, I had a really hard time with titles. I felt awkward calling people “Aunt Sarah” or “Mr. Smith,” possibly because my parents never bothered to use titles in front of me. They called their friends and relatives by their first names, and that felt natural to me. Whenever I heard [Read More...]

Group Identity and Child Abuse

A little while ago, Libby Anne wrote a great post called Sex Abuse, the First Stone, Judge Not, and All That. It’s about the ways that some evangelical Christians have responded to accusations against the late Tom White, former president of Voice of the Martyrs who killed himself while being investigated for child molestation. In [Read More...]

Recommended Reading: A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

A recent article on Religion Dispatches takes on the question few people bother to ask after failed apocalyptic prophecies: what happens to those who have invested their whole lives in the belief in an immanent Second Coming? With admirable sensitivity and sobriety, Tom Bartlett describes the aftereffects of Harold Camping’s end-of-the-world prediction for May 21, [Read More...]

Eagle Cry Radio Cries Some More

Joseph Branham’s reactionary letter to the WHAS11 news story on William Branham and the Message has been reprinted on the website of Eagle Cry Radio, an all-Message internet-based radio group. Their headline is “Bro. Joseph Branham Responds to Local News Report About the Message Being a Cult.” Funny, because the actual news report never called [Read More...]

Libby Anne: Christian Patriarchy and Bodily Ownership

(Note: This is cross-posted from Love, Joy, Feminism. The original is here.) By Libby Anne My mother taught my sisters and I that our bodies belonged to our father. She told us that if we wanted to alter our bodies by a piercing or tattoo, that had to go through him – even if we [Read More...]

Joseph Branham’s Reactionary Letter

I was alerted to Joseph Branham‘s written response to the WHAS11 news story on his father, William Branham, by a drive-by commenter who thought her comment would be lost in moderation. On the contrary, I’m quite willing to engage with the contents of the letter. In summary, it charges that the news story was biased, [Read More...]

The Modesty Myth: a new series on From Two to One

Those who remember my series of posts on the modesty doctrine will appreciate the new “Modesty Myth” series on From Two to One. Here is an excerpt from the first post: In light of some recent discussions in mainstream media and the blogosphere, M and I have been discussing the intersection of modesty, politics, Christian culture, and family [Read More...]

“Prediction” vs. “Prophecy”: Nitpicking to Salvage a Lie

In the WHAS11 News coverage of William Branham and the Message, they aired a video clip in which Branham is seen vehemently voicing his prediction that the Second Coming of Jesus will happen in 1977. How do Message believers reconcile this claim with the fact that we’re living in 2012? By conveniently latching onto one [Read More...]

The WHAS11 Louisville News story on William Branham and the Message: a review

I am very impressed with Mr. Wasler’s coverage of the Message on WHAS11. It could easily have been a sensationalist piece, focused on the “horrible exploits of the Branhamite cult.” Instead, it was a balanced and accurate portrayal of a large segment of the Message population. Not all Message believers accept the doctrine of Branham’s [Read More...]


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