#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...]

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...]

Embodied Faith is a Faith I Can Live With

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Today, I'm guest posting at Suzannah Paul's blog on the topic of Embodied Faith. This is a really important topic to me--the idea that my faith matters to my body and to the experiences I have in my body has been so healing and freeing for me. So, I hope you'll check out my post and the other posts in Suzannah's series on Embodied Faith!Here's a quick preview: What theological insight can I gain from my body and from my bodily experiences?In my depression, I can meet with the suffering … [Read more...]

God is not really a king.

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I've been thinking a lot about my deepest held images of God: why do I hold them? Where do they come from? What do they say about the Christian faith I was raised in? What do they say about me? How do they hold me back? Or how could they possibly be liberating?I used to be afraid to think about images of God. I used to think that if there were no more images of God, God would disappear for me.Yet, personal religious experiences that I've had recently have changed my mind.I believe … [Read more...]

Hello there, Patheos!

I think I want you to meet my family. Am I moving too quickly? I just have a really good feeling about us!

When I was a kid growing up in an independent, fundamental Baptist church, spirituality was a dirty word. When many independent fundamental Baptists thinks of "spirituality," they think of pantheism, paganism, postmodernism, and Harry Potter (Harry Potter is, of course, the worst of these). To the fundamental Baptists I knew, "spiritual" people were often depicted as lazy hippie-liberals who refused to commit to a specific religious belief so that they could justify having all the sex they … [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...]

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...]


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