Dragonslayer

If you’re not from that world — from the American evangelical world of Independent Baptists and Liberty University — then I’m not sure I can communicate to you how courageous this is. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (10.7)

Pasta

Pope Francis, Saudi morality police, Lysol, Mary Magdalene, Chvrches, white male theology, improperly directed hate crimes, the terrorist Robert E. Lee, reparative therapy and climate change, sexual predators on the mission field, and yet another lesson for Rick Warren. [Read more...]

Who said this?

“I would rather die in the battle for truth than continue living under the chaos and tyranny that is coming upon us. And so some things are worth dying for, whether it’s in our own emotions or in our own ambitions or whether it’s actual, physical death. Some things are worth standing for and it’s time for us to stand up.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

Kirili

“We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the Senate,” said a senator doing his best to be one of them — while also proving Patterson Hood’s thesis that “Southerners love electing dumbasses.” Michigan says the state’s job is “to regulate sexual relationships.” And more … [Read more...]

Pillars of the community: Racism, rape culture and the superintendent

Former Coatesville Area AD Jim Donato, left, and ex-Superintendent Richard Como walk the sidelines during a Coatesville football game last season. (Daily Local file photo by Tom Kelly IV)

The local firestorm over this has focused on the giggling racism exchanged by Como and Donato, and that’s understandable. But the misogyny and rape language is just as disturbing, and it’s woven throughout their “conversations.” Their standard term for female students and teachers is “piece” and they’re seething with resentment that, as white men, they’re denied the free use and abuse of women’s bodies in the way that both seem to think is their entitlement. [Read more...]

Three strikes against white evangelical theology

Norris

This may seem like an intramural theological dispute between factions of white Protestants and, therefore, the very definition of a parochial matter. But here in America, white Protestant disputes over the Bible, what it means and how to read it, are never confined to pulpits and seminaries. These disputes tend to spill over into the broader culture, reshaping all of American politics. That was true, as Noll shows, in the 19th Century. That was true, as Dupont shows, during the civil rights movement. And it is true today, as our politics is now shaped by reaction against the advances of the civil rights movement and by a pervasive anti-feminism. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (9.3)

OhNo

“They fear freedom. They don’t trust themselves or others to do the right thing without strict rules to follow.” Especially if those others are women. Or LGBT people. Or poor people. Or black, or Latino, or Asian, or Muslim, or atheist, or … [Read more...]

Complementarians see women and ‘gag’

George

For these folks, men’s authority over women and women’s submission to that authority is a central, essential keystone to their whole understanding of Christianity. Take it away and everything falls apart. [Read more...]


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