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(cul•ture) n. The arts, beliefs, customs, institutions, and other products of human work and thought considered as a unit, especially with regard to a particular time or social group.

contradict human rights 1 Corinthians 7:5 marriage
Culture

Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 Contradict Human Rights in Marriage?

Can a wife say ‘no’ to sex with her husband? Can a husband say ‘no’ to sex with his wife? Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 contradict human rights expressed through self-ownership? A popular interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:5 says spouses may never say ‘no’ to sex unless it’s for “medical reasons.” This interpretation relates to some objections from Christians about the principle of self-ownership. In this view, you can’t own yourself because God owns you (which

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domestic abuse and law enforcement
Culture

The Problem with Domestic Abuse and Law Enforcement

The news of Gabby Petito is that law enforcement missed an opportunity to rescue a victim of domestic abuse. Anti-abuse advocates point out the tell-tale signs that Petito was a victim of domestic violence. Her fiancé (and now a “person of interest”) Brian Laundries is missing. During a traffic stop of the couple, police failed to properly identify who the real victim was. However, this is where I part ways with anti-abuse advocates. Domestic Abuse

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collectivizing the gender debate
Culture

Collectivizing the Gender Debate

It seems collectivizing the gender debate is the route being taken in Christian circles. Collectivism is the ideology that groups matter over against individuals. They assert that communities, or groups, are more basic to society since individuals depend on them. Collectivist thinking entails believing individuals are the sum total of a perceived group identity. This may be a group voluntarily joined (like a religion), or a demographic over which you have no control (like your

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false dilemma self care
Culture

The False Dilemma of the Sinfulness of Self-Care

Two prominent authors are influencing Reformed Christian women now on so-called self care. One author describes self-care as a form of self-idolatry. For her, the remedy is repenting and turning to individual obedience to the Bible. Another author describes self-care as a form of radical individualism. For her, the remedy is communal obedience to the Bible. This forms a false dilemma of sinfulness in self care. It stems from a false dilemma regarding self-love. What

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Fictional Literature
Culture

Challenging Our Paradigms of Fictional Literature

Challenging Our Paradigms of Fictional Literature Why Fictional Literature Should Be Taken More Seriously Among Christian Libertarians Guest post by J. L. Pattison “There is a time for stories, and there is a time for rational arguments, and the skill we need lies in knowing which to use, and when.” – Os Guinnesse I recently came across an article by Author Mark Tapson who wrote: “The most compelling science fiction is that in which the

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the glorias
Culture

“The Glorias” – Biopic about Gloria Steinem [Review]

I just finished watching The Glorias, a biopic about feminist Gloria Steinem. It was interesting and well-produced – I’m assuming it’s historically accurate, I don’t really know. The reason why “The Glorias” is plural – according to the producers of the film – is two-fold: To tell the story about Steinem’s life, they use four different women to portray her at different stages of life. They even interact with one another as glimpses of Steinem’s

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Aimee Byrd Feminism
Culture

Aimee Byrd (Wasn’t) Promoting Feminism [UPDATED]

Update: Aimee Byrd wasn’t promoting feminism, until now. This article was originally posted August 2020. At the time, I supported the work Aimee Byrd was doing. As I and many others understood it, she wanted to promote the theological education of women in the face of gendered stereotypes being passed off as orthodox doctrine. As of today (August 2022), I’ve decided an update on my support of her is necessary. Recently, Byrd published a blog

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Culture

June Review: Sample Newsletter

This is an exact copy of what my monthly subscribers received this morning for the June Review. I’m offering you a glimpse in case you’re interested in becoming an email subscriber. Each month I offer updates on what I’m working and include an unpublished article. (This obviously is getting published as a teaser. ?) If you’ve ever wanted to comment or respond to my content, this is also your opportunity to interact with me. I

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work from home homeschool
Culture

How do I work from home and homeschool my kids?

How do I work from home and homeschool my kids? Facebook Livestream How do I work from and homeschool my kids? Working from home is nothing like working in the office. And when you have kids around, requiring your attention, it can become stressful. To cope with this, it’s up to you to change your mindset.

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response mark jones authority submission
Culture

Response to Mark Jones on Authority and Submission

In his review of Rachel Green Miller’s book, Beyond Authority and Submission, Mark Jones offers a critical review suggesting that her motives are good but that she misses the mark. You can read my extended review of Miller’s book here. I don’t know anything about Jones, and the only things I’ve read from him are this review and the article cited by Miller in her book. I can appreciate that Jones at least attempted a genuine engagement with the content of

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