The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to address several aspects of evangelical-fundamentalist life that have good, bad and ugly sides. I’m getting ready to do a longer series on the aesthetics of evangelical-fundamentalist culture, and this is a warm up for the big issues like modesty, patriarchy and homophobia. When I say aesthetics, I mean the actual pictures that evangelical-fundamentalists have in mind when they distinguish good from evil. Although I’m sure they would vigorously deny the superficiality of images, I find that ditching those pictures was a huge part of overcoming the mindset of Christian patriarchy.

Speaking of aesthetics, can anybody help me come up with a better way of saying “evangelical-fundamentalist”? It’s huge and awkward. I’ve steered away from the common amalgam “fundagelical” because it sounds dismissive and disrespectful. I may not respect the beliefs of the Christian patriarchy movement or its broader evangelical culture, but I don’t find it productive to outright mock individuals who are part of it (hey, I was one once!).

Modesty and False Empowerment
Memorial Monday's Massive Modesty Media Mention
The Duggar Family Doesn't Go to the Beach, and Why That's Bad for Their Kids
Christian Fundamentalist Homophobia: It Really Is About Fear (Introducing a New Series)