Gospel Coalition’s Jared C. Wilson issues an apology for Doug Wilson post; Rachel Held Evans accepts

Breaking: Whether or not the ripples of the Doug Wilson drama have truly subsided yet, Jared C. Wilson has made a declarative apology for the Gospel Coalition blog post that set it off. Let’s acknowledge that before there’s any more news on the subject. I believe his apology is sincere. Doug Wilson, not so much. Rachel [Read More...]

The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach, and Why That’s Bad for Their Kids

This just in from the Department of Unintended Irony: Michelle Duggar makes a public statement about modesty, just to be sure you know how modest they are – too modest for the beach – in case you were straining your neck looking for their modest stairstep children in the crowd while you immodestly sunned your heathen [Read More...]

The Friendly Atheist: This is Not How You Teach Modesty

The Friendly Atheist has a great new post addressing the teaching of modesty in Beit Yaakov, an Orthodox Jewish school in Lakewood, New York. It illustrates perfectly the disjuncture between the modesty doctrine (fear and shame-based covering of the female body) and the more expansive virtue called modesty, which is basically synonymous with humility. A concerned parent shared a [Read More...]

“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” – a Christian Myth in Perspective

I recently wrote my Christian Fundamentalist Homophobia series to point out how I and other fundamentalist children were taught to feel contempt and disgust for people who didn’t live up to our artificial standards. We were taught to separate people from their self-expression, as though they were somehow trapped in an impregnable cocoon and all [Read More...]

5 Phrases Christians Should Say More Often

Reluctant Xtian has written a follow-up to his previous post, which I linked here. 5 Phrases I Think Christians Should Say More Often An excerpt: 5) “Let’s read a book together; your choice.” This might seem like a dumb request, or some awkward way to try to curry favor with someone, but I’m absolutely serious.  [Read More...]

Quick Hits: Modesty, LGBTQ, and “Honoring” Women

A North Carolina pastor’s anti-gay tirade has gone viral on youtube. He proposes sending all non-heterosexuals to concentration camps, where they will die off because “they can’t reproduce!!1eleven11!!1″ In other words, he’s the guy Jonathan Swift could only pretend to be. NC Pastor Gives Sermon on Killing Off Homosexuals Members Stand Behind Pastor’s Anti-Gay Sermon [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...]

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...]

NY Times op-ed: Rethinking His Religion

It’s not quite breaking news, but I just came across this article in NY Times Sunday Review and thought it was worth sharing. It’s a great reminder of the snapshot view we get of our close acquaintances and how we can never quit predict who will have a change of heart about their deepest prejudices: Sunday Review: [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Use Bible Verses as Evidence

It has been noted that my writing comes from experience and is secular in nature. This frustrates some of my readers and gratifies others. Here is where I officially stand on the matter. Bible verses are extremely soft evidence. Fundamentalists have taken them to “inherently” mean something they have made up for themselves. The notion [Read More...]


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