Suicidal Thoughts are Symptoms, Not Sins!

[Content Note: Discussion of suicide. Victim blaming for mental illness. Discussion of death due to illness]There are, unfortunately, still some Christians out there who wouldn’t hesitate to call a death due to illness, accident, or any other tragedy “sinful.” Every now and then you’ll run across the person who believes that someone died of cancer because they lacked faith in God’s healing power, or that someone died in a car wreck because God was punishing them for sin.I think most self- … [Read more...]

Lauren Winner’s Real Sex, and the Church’s Responsibility to Single Parents

Image of the book cover of Real Sex, by Lauren Winner. The cover is black, with a white blooming flower.

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know I have this thing about Christian dating/marriage books. By that I mean, I did my undergraduate research capstone on rape culture in Christian dating/marriage books. I’ve published a whole series about my research that you can read on this blog called “You Are Not Your Own: Rape, Sexual Assault, and Consent in Evangelical Christian Dating Books.”When I started doing this blog series, I also started getting recommendations … [Read more...]

“Bush Vs. Beard Contest:” Misogyny in Jesus Feminist Men

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I'm glad that mainstream Evangelical Christianity is starting to talk about feminism and women's rights. I really am. I smile whenever I go into Barnes and Noble and see Jesus Feminism or A Year Of Biblical Womanhood on the same shelf as works by Mark Driscoll and Joshua Harris. It gives me some hope for humanity.But progressive evangelicals/post-evangelicals need to stop pretending that, just because we read Rachel Held Evan's blog everyday, or held up a sign that said, "....and I am a Jesu … [Read more...]

Beautiful, Beautiful Bitterness

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The other morning, I came across a tweet from a self-identified “theobrogian,” calling for ex-fundamentalist bloggers to “stop making a career out of bitterness.”The first thing I thought was, who the hell is hiring people to be bitter? Is that a skill I can list on my resume? That would be my dream job! My second thought was that this is hardly original. I’ve been called bitter more times than I can count. Even before I started a blog that focuses on calling out abuse in Christi … [Read more...]

Why Do We Blame the Victim?: We Don’t Want to Face Our Responsibility and Privilege

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This is post number two in a series I'm working on about why we tend to blame victims in our society. My church has been covering this topic in it's latest sermon series (which you can listen to online). Also, I've been taking a seminary class on the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, which contain some interesting, and often contradictory messages about victim blaming.In my first post in this series, I discussed one possible reason for why we blame victims: We are afraid of a world outside of … [Read more...]

We Are Not “All The Same Inside” Our Wallets: A Response to Burger King’s Proud Whopper, From A Former BK Employee

Image: Burger King Logo, and two hamburgers, one wrapped in rainbow-colored paper reading, "Proud Whopper," the other unwrapped, sitting on rainbow-colored paper reading "We are all the same inside."

In case you haven't heard, a Burger King store in San Francisco recently began selling something called "The Proud Whopper," in support of the LGBTQ movement. The burger is just a regular Whopper, wrapped in rainbow-patterned paper bearing the message "We Are All The Same Inside."I suppose there could be some positives to this. It’s already pissing off religious conservatives and that’s always fun, right? And if some LGBTQ people find this affirming and encouraging, I definitely won't hold it … [Read more...]

Why Do We Blame the Victim?: We Are Afraid of a World Outside of Our Control

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[Content Note: Victim Blaming, Abusive Relationships]The topic of victim blaming has been on my mind quite a bit lately.As I mentioned in a previous post, the Wisdom Literature in the Bible--which I've been studying for a class I'm taking--takes an ambivalent approach toward victim blaming. While Proverbs almost always promotes a doctrine of retribution where "what goes around comes around," the book of Job radically and passionately challenges this idea.Also, my church (The … [Read more...]

N.T. Wright: A Follow-Up

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I'm still getting interesting responses to the post on N.T. Wright and marriage equality that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. N.T. Wright fans can get vicious, y'all. I don't think I've ever gotten death threats from Nazi sympathizers on here before (and I've had my blog linked both to Reddit Men's Rights, and Douglas Wilson's blog, so that's saying something). Skipping over the troll comments, I thought I'd tackle some of the more "serious" responses in this follow-up post. Fuckin' Analogies! … [Read more...]

On Proverbs, Job, and Why Victim Blaming is Next to Blasphemy

Image from William Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job (via wikipedia commons)[Job in anguish, being comforted by his three friends and his wife]

I've been taking a class on the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, and reading both the books of Job and the books of Proverbs, which seem to take a drastically different approach to the topic of blaming victims.Proverbs is filled with statements about the way the world supposedly works: People who despise advice will find themselves in trouble; those who respect it will succeed (13:13)Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. (10:4)Commit your … [Read more...]

More Like N.T. Wrong, Amirite?: How N.T. Wright’s Bigotry Causes Him To Contradict His Own Theology

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In case you haven't heard, N.T. Wright--author of theology books such as Surprised By Hope and Simply Christian, and former Bishop of Durham--recently did an interview in which he compared people who support marriage equality to Nazis and Soviet Communists.Nazis.And Soviet Communists.While I'm not surprised that Wright is not on board with marriage equality (he's brought up his opposition to LGB people in several other places), I was a little shocked to hear a man who is considered, a … [Read more...]


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