Sex/Gender/Justice

A Church Group, a Lawsuit, and a Culture of Abuse

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It’s no accident that so many allegations of serious abuse have arisen across Sovereign Grace Ministries. The combination of patriarchal gender roles, purity culture, and authoritarian clergy that characterizes Sovereign Grace’s teachings on parenting, marriage, and sexuality creates an environment where women and children—especially girls—are uniquely vulnerable to abuse. 

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‘Let It Be Unto Me’: Akin, Rape, and the Early Church

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A pair of historians discuss Republican rep. Todd Akin’s remarks on “legitimate rape”: the female body carries a huge burden of representation: her ability to protect the boundaries of her body, and to maintain her purity, reflects the church’s ability to do the same.

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