I’m not one much for calendar holidays, so I got caught by surprise realizing it was Valentine’s Day! If you celebrate it or like it, then may it be a fun one for you and filled with all the things you like best. If you don’t, then may it pass tolerably so that Half Price Chocolate Day can arrive all the sooner. Either way, come hunker down with this SUPER SPECIAL full of love-themed posts from this blog’s past.
Turns out I’ve written a whole lot about love! Out of 1,127 published posts, 980 mention the word! WOW! Here’s the best of the bunch, collected into a single post.
False Christian Teachings About Love.
- Redefining Words: Love. How Christian leaders convinced their flocks to adopt a meaning of love that looks absolutely nothing like the love we know out here in Reality-Land.
- Why “One Flesh” is Two Disasters in the Making. This teaching all too often destroys spouses’ chances of enjoying a good, healthy relationship.
- Sowing Discord and Harvesting Love. Ministers at bigoted denominations keep defying their leaders.
- When Love Becomes Contempt. An Unequally Yoked Club post about how Christian marriage rules all but guarantee the development of contempt within a marriage.
- Love Is As Love Does. Piercing through a false facade of love.
- 5 Things Christianity Gets Wrong About Love. Also, the truth about those five false teachings.
- 2 Things Christianity Gets Right About Love (But Can’t Put Into Action). The followup to “5 Things.”
- Love in the Time of Culture Wars. Why love and culture-warring can’t coexist.
- The Love/Life Seminar and the Politics of Fixing People. Why Christian leaders teach that love means fixing people–and why that’s another false teaching in the religion.
- The Kodak Marriage. Christians believe in an illusion about how marriages should work.
The Glorious Reality Of Love.
- Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. I get over a phobia of driving with the power of love.
- Faith in Humanity: Restored. A brave little girl inspires a community.
- “I love you,” Buttercup Said. The Princess Bride turns into a formative experience.
- The Love Narrative and the Last Unicorn. How this classic story toys with narratives about love.
- A Mother’s Love. In Japan, I discover the difference between It’s a relationship, not a religion and a real, actual parent’s love.
- A Eulogy for My Father: All We Have Is Love. A companion piece to “A Mother’s Love.”
- That Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Why I speak out, and why Christians largely don’t.
- The Real Danger of Being Unequally Yoked. Christian leaders teach that these relationships are super-risky, but they’re not totally honest about why.
- Penguins, Grief, and Meaningful Community. People find and build loving communities–despite Christians’ insistence that such a thing is impossible outside of their religion.
Have a wonderful day, everyone! I hope you liked our Super Special this month!
NEXT UP: We look at the Southern Baptist Convention’s reaction to the “Abuse of Faith” story. See you next time!
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Consider this post an Off-Topic Wonderland 🙂 What fills your heart with love–any kind of love?