Posts tagged rob bell
Rewriting History: The Problem with a Flattened Narrative

The voices we choose to represent history also allow us to rewrite that history. And it is no surprise that the narratives we tell about peoples’ journeys often deny them their own voices. Miller could have chosen to talk about Anne Lamott, Phyllis Tickle, or any number of major female voices from ten years ago. But he didn’t, because such a piece would require an in-depth discussion of how the evangelical church has failed women. By selecting only white men, Miller gets to ignore the mass of new theologies and new discussions that are happening outside the walls of the evangelical church.

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Rob Bell Is Not a Progressive: A (6 Years Late) Review of "Sex God"

A common misstep we see in discussions about sex is the unnecessary gendering of things which have no business being gendered. And often, we see that gendering falling along patriarchal lines, with women’s actions singled out and discussed, while men fade into the background. In this case, Bell tangents off into a lecture (this is the only word that describes it) about how women are “worth dying for” and they need to “know their worth” and stop “giving [themselves] away.” Bell uses a pointed “you” here, and it’s clear he’s trying to be motivating and inspiring toward the women in his audience. However, the “you” focusing solely on women has the effect of condescension, of explaining to women as though they don’t know anything about their own motivations and worth, of telling women how to behave so that they may motivate a man to step up because they are "worth dying for."

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