I met someone in Germany last week who had an interesting story to tell. You’ll hear many stories over in the East because it’s a place that’s seen a lot of upheaval in the recent past. But as with most things, it’s not easy to put them away into neat little boxes.
I spent most of this past Saturday going through my closet at my parents’ house and doing some serious downsizing and rearranging. Seriously, there was stuff in that closet from five years ago that I forgot I even still owned. I said goodbye to party dresses that are still in great shape, and I hope […]
Reflections on a Religious Past
My dad was cleaning out our storage unit a couple of weeks ago and came across a stack of photos, still in their Kodak envelopes from when I picked them up from the counter at the nearby Walgreens. The pictures chronicle the month I spent volunteering at a Christian camp in the late summer of […]
Book Review: Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
Full disclosure: I picked up this book on a whim, mainly because I am fascinated by and invested in the intersection of faith and feminism.
Has It Always Been The End?
“I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus/This is it, the apocalypse/Whoa.” -“Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons, aka the official song of 2013.
And there you have it: In what the bookmakers had down as a close finish between Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín, Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest author to have won the prize, and The Luminaries is also the longest work […]
Recently I addressed the growing myth that American Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. I’d like to take this a step further by demonstrating that not only are Christians not persecuted, but they are among the most privileged groups in the country.
There is a certain attitude among my fellow Christians that really bothers me. I know it bothers other Christians, too, and it really bothers non-believers. The attitude is based on the myth that Christians in the United States are persecuted for their beliefs.
This past week on Facebook, lots of people changed their profile pictures to a red equality sign to show their support of overturning the absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act. (Whose marriage does it defend? Not my Christian marriage of 20+ years to my husband, I assure you.)
Admit It: You Totally Get Off On Doing Good
Doing something kind or charitable makes us happy the way food and sexual pleasure make us happy, according to several studies. “Oh, really? What studies?” you may ask. Well, this one, this one, and the ones cited here, for instance. SEVERAL STUDIES.
So if you’re a woman and if you’ve spent any significant potion of you life inside a church, whether in Sunday School, high school youth group or college Bible study, you’ve heard many sermons, talks and opinions about what it means to live as a woman according to the Bible.
Contains not very recent spoilers for Sherlock, Supernatural, Harry Potter, and uh, It’s a Wonderful Life. And the Bible.
Whilst affairs of the United Kingdom aren’t necessarily a burning issue for many on Persephone, there have been happenings going on here that I figured may be on interest. The happenings? Belief by a group of Christians that they have been discriminated against because of their religion. And in turn, a belief that Christianity in […]
I sometimes hear liberals saying that people shouldn’t mix their religion up with their politics, and I don’t see how a religious person can avoid doing this. When you grow up in a religion, it shapes your values, and almost everyone votes according to her values. Growing up Christian made me a lifelong liberal.
Every once in awhile, Dr. Laura posts a particularly great email that she’s gotten. Although it’s not Dr. Laura talking, she chooses them to reinforce her beliefs. This one was… terrible.