Posts tagged owen strachan
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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If Your Church is Not of the Marginalized, You Are Not of the Church

But the church in America is distinctly separated from that Gospel truth, as demonstrated by Strachan’s fearmongering about “becoming” marginalized. In truth, if your church and your practice is not already marginalized, if you fear marginalization, if you just now fear the persecution of “those who disagree with you,” then, bluntly: you have not been doing God’s work. I don’t know what work you’ve been doing, but work that places you in a position of privilege, work that makes you comfortable and powerful in society is the opposite of the work to which Christ calls us. Work that relies on Christianity being a dominant religion and legislating to make others follows a specific, narrow form of it is, plainly, not of God and not of Christ.

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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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Feminists Do Not Want to Eliminate Gender

Ironically, not “seeing” gender is precisely what the patriarchal meritocracy wants. It wants us to believe that we exist in this ideological world where gender is invisible. “I treat all my employees the same,” claims the male boss with female employees, a statement which easily translates to, “I treat them all like men."

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Convert or Perish: Is The Evangelical Church Inherently Violent?

In the world of Empire, we are all the same at the foot of the Cross. We are all white. We are all cisgender. We are all straight. We are all American. We are all middle class. We are all able-bodied. We are all physically fit. If we do not fit any of these molds, we will be made to fit this mold by the Empire – or suffer the consequences.

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