Brio, a Conservative Christian Magazine for Teen Girls, Is Back (And As Harmful As Ever)

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)

What does it mean to have a ‘biblical worldview’?

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’?

Thoughts and responses to Amy-Jill Levine’s “Holy Week and the Hatred of Jews”

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”

The depressing side of Josh and Anna Duggar’s baby announcement

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

Am I that intolerant liberal that conservatives warned you about?

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?