It’s Complicated: Three Generations with EDS

I’m twelve, and money is tight. Dad’s in seminary and working maintenance part-time. There’s no such thing as frivolous spending. We only get presents on our birthday, Christmas, and Easter, so imagine my terror when Dad comes home on a random day with a smiling porcelain dog. He saw it and thought of me. Why would he buy me this knick-knack? Obviously, because I’m dying…

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Bothered by Boobs? The 2018 Met Gala as Opportunity for Evangelization Part II

This is a guest post, written by Charles D. Beard. “For the whole modern world is absolutely based on the assumption, not that the rich are necessary (which is tenable), but that the rich are trustworthy, which (for a Christian) is not tenable.” —G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908 Defending the Met Gala, as I did in my previous post, is distasteful to me. I feel out…

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Bothered by Boobs? The 2018 Met Gala as Opportunity for Evangelization Part I

This is a guest post, written by Charles D. Beard. The reaction to the 2018 Met Gala has been harsh, if a bit predictable. Fox News quoted tweets—apparently from Catholics—calling the event “lowkey disrespectful,” “offensive” and even “disgusting.” It was called a mockery of Catholicism. Women in low-cut dresses were unfavorably compared to the modest and chaste Virgin Mary. Ross Douthat published a lengthy thinkpiece…

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Why You Won’t Hear My Testimony

I’ve been pretty tight-lipped about what I’ve been up to lately on the organized religion front. Over the past few years, I’ve been exploring some options, and I’ve been taking my dear, sweet time about it. When it comes to religion, I move slowly, and that’s OK. Making that sort of a commitment is a big deal. I’ve made some changes, but I’m not going…

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Imperfect Victims and Villains

One of my friends recently pointed me toward a review of Act Normal. It has one of my favorite observations. The author, Kristy Burmeister, was brutally honest, even when it meant she looked like shit. I love it because this person got it. It’s true. Sometimes I’m kind of a shitty person. I’m impulsive. I’m waaaaaaay too snarky. I do things I know I shouldn’t…

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Christian Purity Culture Survivors Speak

Last week, I asked a question on social media. For anyone not familiar with purity culture, it’s common within Christian circles. While Christianity has traditionally promoted chastity (as it should), purity culture placed the emphasis on virginity and purity rather than ongoing chastity. Books like I Kissed Dating Goodbye and popular evangelical movements like True Love Waits are part of Christian purity culture. Many Christian…

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A Male Supporter’s Guide to #MeToo

It’s been five months since #MeToo was trending. At the time, I saw a lot of men expressing support and asking what they could do. I don’t see those questions being asked now. Women haven’t forgotten. We don’t have the luxury of forgetting. I hope our male friends and supporters haven’t forgotten either. Five months ago, you wanted to know what you could do to…

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Protecting the Lambs

“Did all that Jesus stuff really happen?” She’s sitting in the next room, watching cartoons. “Did what really what?” I call back, buying myself a few seconds. “Jesus and his mom and his other dad. Did all the Bible stuff really happen like that?” She’s watching The Star. We watched it last night, and she hadn’t asked any questions then. Apparently, she liked the movie…

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