Posts tagged john piper
Complementarianism, Simone de Beauvoir, and Judith Butler: A Reading

All of it has to do with how men perceive and imagine themselves in relationship to women as Other. Men, in their reasoning and understanding of themselves as individuals, are able to position themselves as the default while women are the Other. In a distinct response to Cartesian dualism, men have, for centuries, imagined themselves as the reasonable mind of the human race while women inhabit the body. We are corporeal; they are disembodied. This has everything to do with how men are allowed to be seen as individuals while women are a collective group, called upon to represent themselves and all women.

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Why Do Evangelicals Think Everyone Is Addicted to Porn?

When we pathologize certain behaviors while simultaneously misunderstanding what that pathology actually means, we create a world of fear, a world of shame. We make it impossible for people to differentiate between normal sexual expression and experience and the dangerous, life-altering effects of sexual addiction. And that, of course, is the goal – evangelicalism thrives on the fear of our own bodies, so keeping us in the dark about potential addictions prevents us from actually confronting the idea that we might be sexual beings altogether.

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Evangelicals Do Not Love the LGBT Community

We have to think carefully about our language. You cannot consider yourself loving if you are comparing our identities to very real mental health struggles. You cannot love us if you say that our love means committing suicide. You absolutely cannot say it is in Christ’s love that we are mutilating our bodies if we become who God created us to be.

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Masculinity and the Role of Sin: John Piper

Sin, for much of the purity movement and evangelical conservativism, becomes a “get out of jail free” card in discussions of gender and equality. Continued examples of male power out of control, of the mandate for masculinity going awry in the form of spiritual and emotional abuse, and the allegations of various sexual misdeeds throughout churches across America – all these are the result, in Piper’s eyes, of sin in the world. We are somehow called to this perfect vision of gender but are unable to perform it correctly because sin.

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Christian Men and the Pro-Life Movement: Uneasy Masculinity and Violence

But I think it’s something more than that. I think the Christian man’s attraction and ferocity on the issue of abortion runs deeper than merely proving their commitment to the faith. The fervor, instead, evinces something far uglier – a tension and discomfort over the proper ways men can express their masculinity and the sanctioned manners in which they can perform “womanly” duties like nurturing. 

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