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Unsovereign Love: Thoughts on Race, Sex, and Undoing an Evangelical Education of Feeling — The Revealer
One problem with sovereignty is that it is incommensurable with love. Mastery, governance, and rule are antithetical to the freedom that love enables. In our patriarchal society, the narrative of a lover breaking into one’s heart or room is meant to sound romantic, but such a story, in the absence of consent, is about trauma. Sovereignty, the renunciation of disorder in the name of control, is the ruination of love. But the evangelical education of feeling depends on reading God’s governance as supremely good regardless of what it justifies. This is the tautology that gives Perry’s story its ground. Displace it and what remains? Perhaps the flesh of Perry’s ex-girlfriend remains as an open question. A question she attempts to close with a sovereignty that would justify the renunciation of the flesh, a conversion. A disavowal.
evangelicalism  jackiehillperry  review  book  book:gaygirlgoodgod  by:amaryaharmstrong 
20 days ago by dirtystylus
Brandi Miller on Twitter: "Christianity lessens it’s capacity to survive because it often fails to take on the perspective of science/scientists that essentially say “We didn’t know then what we know now, so we must change who we are, what we do, th
Christianity lessens it’s capacity to survive because it often fails to take on the perspective of science/scientists that essentially say

“We didn’t know then what we know now, so we must change who we are, what we do, the questions we ask, and the conclusions we draw.”
christianity  faith  by:brandimiller  religion  bible  theology  evangelicalism 
11 weeks ago by dirtystylus
White evangelicals love Trump and aren't confused about why. No one should be.
When Trump used the term “American carnage” in his inaugural address, evangelicals listened; they too, believed America is in decline. Their imagined powerlessness, and the need for a strong authoritarian leader to protect them, is at the root of their racial and social animus. Their persecution complex is a heady mix of their fear of “socialists,” Muslims, independent women, LGBT people and immigration. Their feelings of fragility, despite positions of power, make them vote for people like Donald Trump — and morally suspect candidates like Roy Moore. Rhetoric, not morality, drives their voting habits.
evangelicalism  evangelicals  by:antheabutler  religion  christianity  donaldtrump  politics  unitedstates 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News
Historically, Christianity has held in tension various approaches to cultural domination, withdrawal and transformation. Some Christians have sought holiness through withdrawal (nuns, monks, the Amish), others through domination (the Inquisition, the Crusades, colonization, settlement schools) and yet others through progressive social transformation (Quakers advocating for abolition, black southern Christians fighting for civil rights, the Moral Mondays movement). Those preoccupied with personal salvation have often found themselves unconcerned by systemic evil; those preoccupied with social transformation have often found themselves unconcerned with personal evil; and those preoccupied with domination have found themselves concerned with painting those not in their camp as evil and deserving of a sort of heavy-handed spiritual domestication.

Graham was definitely in the first camp; but the third camp is a byproduct of his work.
evangelicalism  sin  by:broderickgreer  unitedstates  christianity  politics  billygraham 
february 2018 by dirtystylus
Author Eric Metaxas, evangelical intellectual, is sticking with Trump
In the landmark 1994 book “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” historian Mark Noll began by writing that “the scandal … is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” Noll quoted from Charles Malik, a Lebanese diplomat and Eastern Orthodox Christian, who criticized the evangelical’s preoccupation for winning souls without giving much care to the life of the mind.

“The problem,” Malik said, “is not only to win souls but to save minds. If you win the whole world and lose the mind of the world, you will soon discover you have not won the world. Indeed, it may turn out that you have actually lost the world.”
evangelicalism  ericmetaxas  bonhoeffer  unitedstates  whatnow  donaldtrump  by:jonward 
february 2018 by dirtystylus
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