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Uncoupling: Why the Right Feels Threatened by Consent, Queers, Contraceptives, and Child Protection

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The conservative Christian obsession with sex and procreation can be traced back to a single Iron Age gender script. Stories of patriarchal Christian leaders groping, fondling, masturbating on or otherwise harassing or assaulting women—and having clandestine sex with men–seem to … Continue reading

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The God Debate

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On May 20 I participated in a four person debate about the existence of God at Western Washington University. On the ‘yes’ side were Mike Raschko and Mark Markuly from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. On … Continue reading

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In Defense of Cherry Picking the Bible

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People accuse each other of cherry picking sacred texts, as if the term was an insult. But for those seeking to honor the spiritual quest of our ancestors, including the Bible writers, that is precisely the right approach. No parent … Continue reading

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Can Evangelical Christianity Be Saved? An Interview with Rachel Held Evans

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Rachel Held Evans has been called “the most polarizing woman in Evangelicalism.” She is a New York Times bestselling author of three books and a popular blog in which she wrestles honestly with the cruelties and contradictions in her Christian … Continue reading

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Nine “Facts” You Know For Sure About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong

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Jesus has been described as the best known figure in history, and also the least known. If you mentioned the name “Jesus” and someone asked Jesus who?, you might blink. Or laugh. Even people who don’t think Jesus was God, … Continue reading

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Christianity’s Painfully Mixed Track Record on Slavery

Taken as a package, the Bible sends mixed messages about slavery, which is why Christian leaders used the Good Book on both sides—including in the lead up to the American civil war. Should a person be able to own another … Continue reading

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Who, When, Why –10 Times the Bible Says Torture is OK

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When conservative Christians claim that the Bible God condones torture, they’re not making it up. A close look at the good book reveals why so many Christians past and present have adopted an Iron Age attitude toward brutality. The first … Continue reading

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