Reclaiming “Third Way”

"Third Way" Via XKCD

I’ve reached a point in my life where I cringe whether I hear someone talk about a “Third Way.” Regardless of the context, this term is often used by privileged white men as a way to avoid responsibility, ignore power structures, and decenter marginalized people in order to protect the feelings of the privileged. The white men who tell black protesters not to be so angry, because, you know, MLK!  The ones that believe an abused woman using self-defense against her abuser is just as “sinful” in … [Read more...]

Join Killjoy Prophets for #Marissa418

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[Content Note: Discussion of Police and State Violence]  Growing up in (primarily, or nearly exclusively white) churches, I had often heard that the most important words in the world were the words of Jesus. We had Bibles that highlighted his words in red, and we memorized verse after verse after verse. And yet, I'd never heard much about Luke 4:18:The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because she has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. She has sent me to proclaim freedom for the … [Read more...]

#FaithFeminisms: I Know God Because I Know Feminism

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I've heard many Christian feminists say that they are a feminist because of Jesus—because of their Christianity. I think that's great. It's not my story, however. I am not a feminist because of Jesus. I am a Christian because of feminism..Before I began to view my Christian faith through a feminist lens, I was convinced that there was no redeeming it. I grew up in conservative Christian fundamentalism, going to a church and Christian high school that I consider abusive and cult-like. Even a … [Read more...]

Why Do We Blame The Victim?: We Want To Control Others’ Behavior

This is my third, and final post in a series I’ve been doing about victim blaming. Why, as a society, do we tend to blame victims of terrible or unfortunate circumstances for the bad things that happen to them, as if it is their fault?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 blami … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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