If it Says Christian it Must Be Okay

* Note I come from the Wesleyan tradition and this is written from a Wesleyan perspective* I used to believe that it was possible to change a denomination from within. If you were committed to reform that was based on the theological tenants the denomination was founded on all you had to do was have patience and perseverance and things would slowly change. I’m still … Continue reading If it Says Christian it Must Be Okay

The Duggars Take Christian Patriarchy Ideas Mainstream

  In the past year more than ever it’s become clear that the Duggars’ show 19 Kids and Counting might be just another extreme religious sideshow for TLC, but for the Duggars it’s a way to share their worldviews with a large audience, usually hovering around a million viewers per episode. The Duggars have made the news for their support of scandal ridden Doug Phillips … Continue reading The Duggars Take Christian Patriarchy Ideas Mainstream

“You’re Supposed to Be An Army for God”

In 2015 I had the chance to present my research on The Above Rubies organization at the National Communication Association Conference. I’m thrilled I’ve also recently had a  chance to speak to journalist Sarah Stankorb from Good magazine about my research on Nancy Campbell and the Quiverfull movement. Now, I’m headed out to speak to my fellow academics on the subject! You can read Sarah’s article in Good magazine … Continue reading “You’re Supposed to Be An Army for God”

Mark & Grace Driscoll: Real Marriage or Real Oppression?

Biblical masculinity isn’t a new trend in Christian culture, but it has been gaining a lot more attention recently. The success of the Sherwood Brothers film Courageous, which gained mainstream media attention and focused on fathers taking a “courageous” stand to protect and lead their families, is just one example (See my series of reviews on the film Courageous #1, Courageous #2, Courageous #3).  By November 2011 … Continue reading Mark & Grace Driscoll: Real Marriage or Real Oppression?

Why Rhetoric Matters: The Power of Words to Liberate or Manipulate

It’s hard to explain to people who don’t study rhetoric why it’s important or for that matter what rhetoric is.  A basic definition is that rhetoric is the art of discourse. It is the study of speech. Words are powerful tools. They support ideology, stir passion and anger, and most importantly fuel action. We study the words of the present and the past to learn … Continue reading Why Rhetoric Matters: The Power of Words to Liberate or Manipulate

“My Own Eyes Are Not Enough:” Towards a Theory of “Christian” Art Part I

By guest blogger Andrew Winckles Eighteenth Century Culture The question of what constitutes “Christian” art or whether there is even such a thing has, within the past thirty years, become a bone of contention in evangelical Christian culture.  With the advent of the “culture wars,” there has been an increasingly loud call from some sectors of evangelicalism for Christian’s to “take back” popular culture by … Continue reading “My Own Eyes Are Not Enough:” Towards a Theory of “Christian” Art Part I

The Kendrick Brothers Have Ties to Christian Patriarchy Organizations

While the message in the Kendrick’s films appear to fit mainstream, Christian culture, it is important to pay attention to who these filmmakers chose to associate with. After all, if you give them money for their product then you are validating their connections to Christian patriarchy organizations such as Vision Forum. It remains to be seen if Sherwood Pictures will submit Courageous for consideration at … Continue reading The Kendrick Brothers Have Ties to Christian Patriarchy Organizations

“Courageous” Subtly Promotes Male Headship and Racial Stereotypes

My ideological critique of “Courageous” is written from the perspective of a Christian feminist who fully supports the belief in Biblical gender equality. As Benjamin Titus Roberts, the founder of the Free Methodist Church, said in his book “Ordaining Women”: “The greatest domestic happiness always exists where husband and wife live together on terms of equality. Two men, having individual interests, united only by business … Continue reading “Courageous” Subtly Promotes Male Headship and Racial Stereotypes

“Courageous” Lacks Artistry and Preaches to the Choir

This is part of a series of articles I will be publishing this week on “Courageous.” A rhetorical critique will come out later this week as well as critique about the type of Christian associations the Kendricks have choose to align with. One star for decent action sequences and being better than my expectations (although they were incredibly low when I went to see it). … Continue reading “Courageous” Lacks Artistry and Preaches to the Choir

Vision Forum: The Giant of the Christian Patriarchy Movement

While there are numerous organizations I would consider part of the Christian patriarchy movement one of the largest and most disturbing organization is Dough Phillip’s Vision Forum. Vision Forum’s influence is vast in evangelical and fundamentalist culture.  The organization has its own homeschooling curriculum, devotional materials for men and women, homeschooling conferences and the popular San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, which is Phillip’s brainchild. … Continue reading Vision Forum: The Giant of the Christian Patriarchy Movement