Unseduced and Unshaken: A Book Review

   The following is a book review of Rosalie de Rosset's book, Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in a Young Woman's Choices. I've been given a copy of the book to give to one of my readers, so if you're interested in a free book, leave a comment!  When I first began reading Unseduced and Unshaken (which one of my twitter followers joked sounded like what you'd get when you played a James Bond film backwards), though there were a few aspects of it that made … [Read more...]

The politics of forgiveness.

When Jesus was walking around on earth, in between turning water into wine and chillin' with sex workers and other folks that society didn't look on too fondly, he talked a lot about forgiveness. And when Jesus talked about forgiveness, it was always radical. It always gave power to the people in society that had none. It always humbled those who were in positions of power while asserting the humanity of those who had been affected by the abuse of power.I mean, take the woman caught in the … [Read more...]

A new recipe for humble pie

I once read a manifesto by the anti-feminist True Women Movement that stated as one of its points: Selfish insistence on personal rights is contrary to the spirit of Christ who humbled Himself, took on the form of a servant, and laid down His life for us. Though I cringe when I read this now, I once thought the same thing about humility. To be humble, I mustn't assert my right to anything. Humility meant viewing myself as I was taught to believe God viewed me (without Jesus' intervention of … [Read more...]

Dan Cathy’s lifestyle.

 A week and a half after the infamous Chick-fil-A Day, this quote by Rick Warren is still making it's rounds on the internets. Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. It's been a couple of years since I actually held the conviction … [Read more...]

Intangible Christianity

I was raised to believe that salvation was a shadow of things to come. An image of an otherworldly kingdom that could never be realized (even in part) on earth. Jesus' death on the cross was an ethereal magic trick......that somehow, in some way washed away our sins.But our sins were still here.  We still sinned. That didn't matter. They were washed away in the realm of the almighty. Covered somehow by a metaphorical river of blood.This was always explained as a "great mystery." … [Read more...]

Mother-Father God

I'm still reading through Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruether, and seriously, y'all, this book is breathing new life into my dying faith. There's another quote I'd like to share with you all today because it feels particularly relevant to my life.Ruether is continuing her discussion of images of God--whether they reinforce existing hierarchies that oppress the weak and thus become idolatrous, or whether they empower the oppressed of society to find freedom by asserting that God is t … [Read more...]

Is patriarchy idolatry?

I've been reading feminist theology lately and learning to view Christianity from angles that I never even imagined. Take, for example, this quote from Rosemary Radford Ruether's Sexism and God-Talk:  Israel is to make no...graven image of God; no pictorial or verbal representation of God can be taken literally. By contrast, Christian sculpture and painting represents God as a powerful old man with a white beard, even crowned and robed in the insignia of human kings or the triple tiara of the p … [Read more...]

On Cornerstone…

I spent last Friday at the Christian music festival, Cornerstone, and I saw some interesting things. By interesting, I mostly mean vomit-inducing. Buzz Feed recently went to another Christian music festival, Creation, and wrote a post about their findings. I figured I'd do something similar, as someone familiar with (and highly critical of) Christian culture.People are going to say that I'm just bitter and angry because of this post. But, you know, maybe I am a little bitter and a little … [Read more...]

No Experience Necessary?

If you wanted an expert opinion on something, usually you'd ask someone with experience on the subject. If you wanted parenting advice, you'd probably ask someone who was a parent, not someone who babysat their siblings a few times. If you wanted to know what sky-diving was like, you'd probably ask someone who'd been skydiving, not someone who'd watched a video of someone skydiving on YouTube.It just makes sense. Experience gives you an insight into a subject that books and Google cannot … [Read more...]

Guest Post at Travis Mamone’s blog!

Hey y'all! I wrote a guest post for Travis Mamone on fragile faith that can't handle questions. If our faith is at the point where it is not truly living, but a vegetable that can’t survive without a constant connection to the things that we’ve always “known” to be true, maybe it’s time to pull the plug. Maybe it’s time to let our sickly faith die in peace. If we are so afraid of questions that we can’t help people who need our help and love people who need our love, then our faith isn’t really a … [Read more...]


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