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Today, we're going to do a brief (lol, brief) review of Evangelical Christian Complementarianism. There have been whole books written on the subject, so this thread is in no way exhaustive. I'll do my best to show my work, and make it as practical as possible.
Before we dive in too deep, it's worth noting that while ECs talk about this topic a lot, they don't agree, particularly on the practical applications.
For example, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) has a statement of faith on their website:…
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Hello, beloveds. It has been a long couple of weeks and I feel like I have barely been talking to any of my #Exvangelical fam at all. How y'all doing? We're currently being buried in a snowstorm in the PNW which is weird for us. Fun! Seems like a good time for Christian books?
So previously I have been doing (mostly) weekly threads making my way through James Dobson's abusive trash on how to raise children. If you haven't read those, the most recent thing we did was Preparing for Adolescence, they're all here.…
However, I'm taking a break from Dobson, partly because I needed a fucking break, and partly because I was honestly getting a bit concerned I was going to run out of things to say. It's somewhat incredible how repetitive all this stuff is. So I decided to move into something new.
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👋🏼 I was Baptist for 15 years growing up, then after that majored in theology at a Southern Baptist college. I had quite a bit of access to the way they talk about these things behind closed doors.

Here are their next steps.

1. Massive displays of public grief and sorrow. The Southern Baptist PR machine LOVES theatrical opportunities to build and reinforce narratives of "sin, repentance, and redemption" and they'll soak in that for a while.

2. Gradually, we will start to see them identify the nature of the "sin" committed. Lust, greed, and sexual immorality will be foregrounded, and abuse of power will be thrown in for good measure.

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Hello to all my darling #Exvangelical fam. Thank you for being patient with me. I swear I WANTED to do a Dobson thread yesterday but I partied too much w/not enough sleep over the weekend and I am too old for that but also it was fun.
How is everyone? Surviving December? <3
So recap - I do threads on James Dobson and Focus on the Family. Honestly this book may kill me, or I may switch to a new topic for a while after it, but for now this is where we're at. The first book was a biography, you can find the threads here.…
CURRENTLY we are working on "Preparing for Adolescence," mostly by request - I think a lot of us read this when we were younger. I know I did. I just go through the chapters as they present, although I do also read them in advance. Here's those threads -…
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The Christian Right is the biggest threat to democracy and human rights in the US. White evangelicals are Trump's base. Their stolen disproportionate power is the main reason Americans can't have nice things like effective universal healthcare

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
If you don't understand the ideology conservative Christians use to object to welfare and universal healthcare, here's a thread to get you started:

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #Resist
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“The young missionary's family released a statement saying that Chau had nothing but love for the Sentinelese and they forgive those responsible for his death.”

You can’t love people you know nothing about and objectify as a mission field, and Chau is responsible for his death.
For my commentary on John Chau’s missionary efforts and death, see:…

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #MondayMood
See also my takedown of “respectable” evangelical defensiveness around the Chau affair. Toxic white Christian supremacist evangelical ideology fostered the bad behavior that got him killed #NotYourMissionField #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #MondayMotivation…
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This is a REMARKABLE thread that touches on so many brilliant things. I would like to take a quick stab at making some connections between this and why so many Evangelicals are conservative. It has a lot to do with #EvangelicalIntoEnglish for anyone who's been following that.
I'm going to use my father as an example because, as anyone who knows me at all is aware by now, nothing is better than a combination of parent issues and theology. My father is very into conservatism. He has listened to Rush Limbaugh my whole life, which probably tells you a lot
I struggled a lot as I got older with how exactly all this worked. It seemed that at heart my father really wanted to be a libertarian. He wanted the government to always be smaller, he didn't believe in anything resembling handouts or even most laws.
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This "study" obvs had first-rate methodology; it distinguishes between those super-really-important-how-dare-PRRI-and-Pew-ignore-them categories of self-identified evangelicals and "evangelicals by belief."

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #ChristianAltFacts #EmptyThePews
What's wrong with what sounds like a reasonable sociological distinction to make? The more salient sociological difference here is between white evangelicals and evangelicals of color. Lifeway's approach obscures those differences to make white evangelicals look better.
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1. Don't be taken in by that @saletan piece in @Slate trying to distance evangelicals from Trump. It's part of a PR blitz by slick evangelical leaders and their allies who are skilled at gaining an undeserved image of moderation:…

2. While the vast majority of white evangelicals share the views of Falwell and Jeffress, who @saletan inaccurately calls "un-Christian," a number of in fact hardline conservative white evangelical leaders who have criticized Trump give cover to extremists. @Saletan was taken in.
3. The piece I linked in the first tweet above will give you a primer on why Ed Stetzer's "moderate" image is smoke and mirrors derived from intellectual dishonesty. Let's take a look at some of the other usual suspects, beginning with @MJGerson.…
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"God laid you on my heart." = "I'm about to get all up in your business and invade your privacy." #EvangelicalIntoEnglish
"Love the sinner, hate the sin." = "I'm fine exploiting your time, money, and resources while simultaneously oppressing you because of who you are." #EvangelicalIntoEnglish
"You just need to read your Bible and pray more." = "It's your fault you're in the bad situation you're in and it's up to you to fix it." #EvangelicalIntoEnglish
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