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I’m studying the ugliest story in America. It’s a theological story — every detail formed from religious ideas.
From 2008 to 2015, Josh Duggar was on a hit TLC reality T.V. show, 19 Kids and Counting, featuring the vast Duggar family — which claimed a message of extreme fertility came from God.
The family seemed to be Evangelicalism itself—from Republican politics to ‘purity’ guidelines, men in authority, women in ‘submission’. And he was their eldest son, the prince.
The show was cancelled with news that Josh, as a teenager, had molested many underage girls, including four of his sisters, while…
When it comes to sex and sexual themes in the Bible, the Jesus people are particularly prone to—talking dirty.
For a Christian reader, this might seem beyond obvious. Just look at 1 Timothy 3:12:
“A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.” (NIV)
What Christians don’t like to disclose is that all the male pronouns in this verse were added by translators.
In a 2015 study, the Christian scholar Philip B. Payne explains:
“Unfortunately, practically all English versions of 1 Tim 3:1–13 and Titus 1:5–9 give the false impression that Paul…
The saga of Joshua Harris and I Kissed Dating Goodbye haunts Evangelical culture. In 2018, he ‘unpublished’ his book and apologized for it. The next year, he got a divorce from his wife—and Christianity.
Now he’s doing a blitz of interviews, and dropping details—like that his book was largely contrived.
It wasn’t a secret, exactly, but in I Kissed Dating Goodbye he didn’t highlight that he’d been homeschooled all his life, or that he—with his dad—was a homeschool activist.
The book leaves the impression he was a regular high school kid, moving from girl to girl—alarmed at feeling hardened to…
But let’s take a look at the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a familiar narrative to Jews and Christians. As not often reported, there’s rather ‘queer’ people all along the way.
They predated—by over a thousand years!—any other manuscript of the Old Testament. It was an exciting, and alarming, prospect. With Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities looking on, a wide range of religious, cultural, legal, and political concerns were at stake.
The man tasked with navigating this difficult situation was G. Lankester Harding. He was British, and had little formal training in archaeology. He’d become interested in ancient Egypt…
I’d heard of it, but didn’t know it had a queer history. The practice was theorized, and conceived, by O. Hobart Mowrer, a famous, brilliant psychologist who discovered that therapy couldn’t ‘cure’ his homosexuality. He began to think about religion.
I started reading up on Biblical Counseling after I noticed that Dr. Jay E. Adams died last year. Throughout my youth he was the religion’s go-to for mental health issues. He led a remarkable life. He convinced America’s largest religion that concepts like ‘mental health’ and ‘self-esteem’, and ‘psychology’ itself were basically Satanic.
Christians, he said, just have to understand—sin.
I've clarified that prostitution is legal in the Bible, is accessed by many heroes and heroines, and marks the great Rahab the Harlot herself—and you come back with blithering idiocy. Another Christian man.
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So, a Christian man denies that divorce is legal in Jewish law. Let's ask Jews, shall we?