From Christmas Cheer to Fear

My husband and I used to take our kids to visit relatives in Texas every Christmas. The kids were happy to see their cousins and get presents, and they were even happy to see the older relatives, too. As for me, I was able to slog through the constant barrage of arrogance, rudeness, embarrassment, complaining, …

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Blessed are the Baby Makers

Popular Christian culture perpetuates traditional gender roles, such as women being the baby makers, and men being the saviors. I do not think this is what God intended. Biblical interpretation is like reading an Ikea manual. First of all, it is really hard to understand. In the way that the manual has no words but …

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The Curious Case of the COVID Conspiracy Christian

Illustration by MartypeCo / Envato Elements, edited by the author I know some Christians who believe that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned. They don’t know the who or the how. They have a lot of theories, and as for proof, no sorry, they don’t have that. Despite this, they are sure they know the why: …

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The Christian Extremism Problem

Violent extremism is quickly condemned by the Republican party when it is driven by organizations whose politics differs from theirs, or when they are affiliated with non-Christian religions. There was no shortage of Islamophobia after 9/11. A report by the Center for American Progress showed that a network of misinformation experts actively promoted anti-Muslim rhetoric …

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A Test of Logic in the Matter of Abortion

Fundamentalist: Abortion is wrong. Me: Is it wrong all the time? Fundamentalist: Well…if a woman’s life is in danger, then it is ok. (77% of White evangelicals think abortion should be legal in some cases) Me: Why is that? There is no clear answer in the Bible that could inform the pro-lifer’s opinion as to why abortion would be ok …

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Living Authentically for Jesus

Why is it ok for ancient Roman culture to inform Christian holiday celebrations, but not ok for current American culture to inform Christian views on marriage, abortion, and guns, according to fundamentalists? Adopting pagan influences from the Romans allowed Christians in that time to make the Gospel more relatable to people, and adopting current views …

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