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Biblical Battered Wife Syndrome: Christian Women and Domestic Violence

…s blame for sin. Women have been responding in a sort of biblical battered wife syndrome, the “Eve Syndrome,” ever since. Another of Moss and Andersen’s contemporaries, Barbara Roberts, Australian author of Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abuse, Adultery and Desertion, even calls herself a complementarian. Though Roberts believes that complementarianism too often has “an undue emphasis on female submission and too little emphasis on the hu…

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Even if Biden Wins Will We Reckon With ‘Virtuous Republic Syndrome,’ the Persistent Belief that America is a Blessed Nation?

…ears into living under the Constitution. I call this the Virtuous Republic Syndrome, or VRS. While the current election cycle’s gyrations and the machinations of a would-be tyrant give these believers a certain amount of cause for concern, they will nevertheless maintain that this is a mere aberration and that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will pull us back into normal functioning mode and “restore the soul of America,” as Mr. Biden’s campaign sloga…

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Biblical Inerrancy’s Long History as an Evangelical Activist for White Patriarchy

…authority game. They naturalize their ‘egalitarianism’ by presenting it as biblical, articulate their deference to biblical truthfulness, and portray complementarian competitors as corruptors of true biblical authority or too-literal in their inerrancy. Complementarians then delegitimize evangelical egalitarian participation in the game itself by denying them inerrantist legitimacy. In other words, everyone involved plays the same biblical authori…

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The Circle Can Remain Unbroken, If Battered And Bloody

Two posts by wildly disparate bloggers get at more or less the same question: what is it that holds “us” together, anyway? Stephanie Zvan asks the question in one form: how polite do atheists need to be as they advocate their positions? The mostly-sensible answer she comes up with is that however annoying “less than polite” atheists like PZ Myers are, they serve useful functions in the social discourse on religion. For one thing, they highlight t…

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Sacrifice, Suffering, and Rick Santorum

…ot questioning whether failing to abort a foetus afflicted with Trisomy 18 syndrome was itself morally responsible. (That is the subject for argument on another day.) I am concerned with judgments made at a much earlier stage. We know, for example, that some small percentage of these children live beyond the first year. Unlike Down syndrome children, the prognosis for Trisomy 18 children is grave, with death ever possible. 90% of these children ha…

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Restless Heart Syndrome: When Bad Movies Happen to Good People

…ewers are introduced to the Monica of Restless Heart as she insists the midwife cut her open and seal her fate rather than risk losing her baby. This turns out to be unnecessary, of course, and Mother Monica returns repeatedly to offer her son purified wisdom, patience, and a sense of domestic responsibility.  In a cozy move, the script pairs Monica with Augustine’s concubine, depicting their relationship as a sort of reverse Naomi/Ruth story. Mon…

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Hater Pastor Loses His Wife of 42 Years, Uses the Occasion to Trash Gays

…blind hatred of other people would compel you to use the occasion of your wife’s death to make political hay? Rev. Garlow’s wife dies and the first thing he wants to do is write a letter to his supporters about how awful and sinful other people’s relationships are compared to his “real” relationship? I really should not be shocked by this display of political grandstanding on his wife’s grave. Garlow is, after all, the pastor of Skyline Church in…

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World AIDS Day: Sacralizing Change

…since been labeled “wrath of God” syndrome, gay-related immune deficiency syndrome, and, eventually, acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Today, more than fifty percent of those with AIDS globally are women; and the syndrome is the leading cause of death among African American women between 25 and 34. Now, in 2008, nearly fifty percent of new U.S. diagnoses of HIV or AIDS occur among black people. And Hispanics, as well, are disproportionately af…

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Religion in Tension on World AIDS Day

…since been labeled “wrath of God” syndrome, gay-related immune deficiency syndrome, and, eventually, acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Today, more than fifty percent of those with AIDS globally are women, and the syndrome is the leading cause of death among African American women between 25 and 34. Now, in 2008, nearly fifty percent of new US diagnoses of HIV or AIDS occur among black people. Hispanics, as well, are disproportionately affected…

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A Biblical Perspective That Recognizes Black Women

…that womanist biblical interpretation is not just an offshoot of feminist biblical interpretation. Womanist biblical interpretation draws on feminist work, but it has its own unique history and development. Womanist approaches in biblical studies connect with womanist work in religious studies-related fields such as ethics, theology, and homiletics—as well as with the rich history of African-American women’s engagement with biblical texts outside…

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