Posts tagged progressivism
Confession: I Sometimes Miss Being Fundamentalist

But I think if I disown that person entirely, I disown the good parts of me that are still learning, still loving, still open to the Word. I disown the earnestness that drove me to explore my faith more deeply and more zealously than ever. I cannot disown the foolhardy pursuit of truth that was part of me in those times – though I can disown the bad behavior that resulted from that pursuit.

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Why I Have Trouble Being Friends With Men

We are the disposable women, the women men use to bolster their own self-esteem for a time until we become Too Much for them to deal with. We are accustomed to being unfriended, unfollowed, and blocked for a time once we hit the breaking point. We’re used to friendships having breaking points where our real selves come into conflict with who we’re imagined to be.

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The Internet's Race Wars: Toxic Twitter, Criticism, and Forced Teaming

The prevailing whiteness of such critique of the “toxic” social media battles cannot be ignored – and it cannot be wiped away with an acknowledgement that the person writing is white. When discussing any kind of interpersonal conflict within social justice issues, the race and the social location of each participant must be taken into perspective. But when begging for grace, progressives, and progressive Christians, in particular, find themselves begging for grace for those critiqued as opposed to grace for those hurt by the original offense. The re-centering of the privileged is quick and subtle.

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What Jonathan Chait Gets Wrong (And Right) About Political Correctness

The best we, as individuals, can do is remember the human behind the keyboard, the life behind the words, and the story behind the need for a trigger warning or a content note. I firmly believe that righteous anger, challenging of what it means to be powerful, and pointing out problematic behavior (or “calling out,” as it may be) are necessary to any movement toward progress. We have to be willing to be uncomfortable, especially if we are in positions of privilege. But we also have to be willing to see humanity, to empathize, to see the person and not just the mistake.

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Life in the Borderlands: A Taxonomical Analysis of Post-Evangelicalism

Progressivism carries with it a specific understanding of the intersectional nature of oppressions and privileges, and knows that moving forward – progressing – in the world means embracing changes on both the individual and systemic level.

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