If you were a Christian teen growing up in the ’90s and early 2000s, then you might have had a subscription to Focus on the Family’s Brio Magazine, best described as a godly version of Seventeen. Instead of quizzes like “How to Tell if he Likes You,” you’d find content like “How to Become a … Continue reading Brio, a Conservative Christian Magazine for Teen Girls, Is Back (And As Harmful As Ever)
If you have any exposure to Christianity, then no doubt you’ve heard the expression “biblical worldview.” On the surface, the phrase is self-explanatory: interpreting every aspect of life through the context of the Bible. Unfortunately, there are almost as many definitions of “biblical worldview” as there are Christians, and not every relevant social or political … Continue reading What does it mean to have a ‘biblical worldview’?
As a Jew who converted to Christianity, I learned to appreciate Christmas. Easter, on the other hand, has always been difficult. There is no other day of the year when one-foot-in-both-worlds syndrome hits me harder, but I’ve never been able to articulate why. Thankfully, there’s Amy-Jill Levine, who wrote an enlightened piece for Religion and … Continue reading Thoughts and responses to Amy-Jill Levine’s “Holy Week and the Hatred of Jews”
I’ve been meaning to write about Tomi Lahren for a while. I’ve been reading about her recent firing from The Blaze after “coming out” as pro-choice, the same way that traffic slows down so drivers can gawk at an accident at the side of the road. The smug, childish part of me praises karma (something … Continue reading Why I don’t hate Tomi Lahren
This piece originally appeared on Friendly Atheist. Josh Duggar, the disgraced reality TV star of 19 Kids and Counting, is expecting a fifth child with his wife, Anna. The couple made the announcement on their family website: For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, … Continue reading The depressing side of Josh and Anna Duggar’s baby announcement
This post was recently shared in a Facebook group I’m part of: “No ‘Christian Seders,’ Please!” Having grown up Jewish before discovering Christianity in college, this piece did a great job explaining all the reasons I feel squicky about this trend in churches. I always thought that the best way to “observe” Passover as a … Continue reading Gentiles explain things to me
A few weeks ago I was at the car dealership after receiving a recall notice for my airbags. While waiting to collect my vehicle, I sat in the waiting area reading How Jesus Saves the World From Us by Morgan Guyton. The employee I’d talked to on the phone asked what I was reading, and … Continue reading It’s not easy, deconstructing
At the risk of humble-bragging, I think one of my better character traits is my ability to be impartial: to keep judgments to myself in an attempt to understand why people hold beliefs and values that I strongly disagree with. That being said, everyone has their “hot button topics” that make impartiality next to impossible. … Continue reading Am I that intolerant liberal that conservatives warned you about?
This post originally appeared on Off the Page If you’re a theology nerd like me, a book called Paul Behaving Badly: Was the apostle a racist, chauvinistic jerk? is something you know you have to own before even reading the description. My expectations were set high with such an eye-grabbing title. Though I found some … Continue reading Was the apostle Paul a racist, chauvinist jerk? A review
At first glance, the pewter pendant hanging around my neck doesn’t look like anything special. If one can’t tell immediately that it’s an image of a saint, they might assume that it’s an ancient-looking coin. For those who can detect the tiny engraving of Saint Joan of Arc, they might automatically assume I am Catholic, … Continue reading The placebo that gives me strength