Posts tagged slavery
The White Church, Purity Culture, and Ferguson

Purity culture has always had a racial component. As I’ve written before, purity culture is, itself, the result of white religious and cultural authorities fearing the growth of the sexual revolution and the Civil Rights Movements and its effect on white women in the church. The fear was that white women would adopt the “sinfulness” already assumed in communities of color – that free sexual agency meant that white women would be "at risk." Purity culture, despite its attempts at and proclamations toward a post-racial, colorblind view of the world, is deeply invested in protecting whiteness. And purity culture achieves this goal through the demonization and hypersexualization of black bodies – as seen in the microcosm of Lauten’s criticism of the Obama daughters.

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Revisionist History Or Why the Church Needs to Stop Lying To and About Itself

Revisionist history makes complex stories and complex narratives neat and tidy for our own selfish ends, and yet the people I see engaged in it most often are evangelical Christians. It’s a denial of the complicated, messy nature that is human life, and belies a desire to have the world conform to our narratives, even if that narrative is a lie.

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