A novel about purity culture and its harm
At its core, God Spare the Girls is about a family history doomed to repeat itself.
How White Christians turned syncretism into an insult
Early-20th-century European and North American missionaries grew concerned about it—but never in their own churches.
by Ross Kane
Interpreting Jesus’ healings as a conflict with purity laws is dead wrong
Jesus’ conflict, Matthew Thiessen argues, was with the forces of death.
by Greg Carey
December 22, Advent 4A (Matthew 1:18–25; Isaiah 7:10–16; Romans 1:1–7)
Episode 26: Saved!
Adam and Matt talk with Bromleigh McCleneghan about sex, community, and purity culture after watching the movie Saved! (2004).
Purity, consent, and other lenses on sexual ethics
Sex is complicated. So is Christian reflection on it.
On knowing (yes, in the biblical sense)
When I first had sex, it wasn't just teenage hormones. I wanted to know and be known.
Pure Christian sex?
Human sexuality is fraught, particularly when mixed with the complexities of culture, religion, patriarchy, and adolescence.
How purity invites fraud
What explains the deep relationship between sex abuse, charlatanism, and religious purity movements? Sarah Posner, writing on the Duggar family and its connections to the world of separatist Christian homeschooling, details not just the accusations of sexual misconduct made against Josh Duggar but also those made against Bill Gothard, the leader of the fundamentalist movement with which the family has long been closely associated.
Unclean, by Richard Beck
A man stumbled into church drunk and bleeding from his hand. "I have hepatitis C," he said. I remembered this as I read Richard Beck's book Unclean.
reviewed by Amy Frykholm