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Just read Josh Harris’s latest Instagram comment on this. I’m surprised and impressed. His initial steps reconsidering his earlier work were fumbling; he centered himself and he hadn’t given up the purity culture theology, but it seems he was really moving that way after all.
I’m not going to apologize for having the feelings I did after the initial announcement. We do need to make it abundantly clear to the public that purity culture is harmful. There are reasons conservative Christian marriages have major problems and often end in divorce.
Josh Harris does not deserve more empathy than all of the people severely harmed by his book. As someone who had extreme #ChristianPrivilege in evangelicalism, I’d say he deserves less. And it is not my place to forgive him on anyone else’s behalf.
I can only say I’ll welcome him into the deconstructed “fold.” And yes, I do feel some empathy for the pain he and his family are going through now. That doesn’t detract from the significance of us seeing, very publicly, how his ideology fails, and that is overall to the good.
Finally, we ought to have some tolerance for schadenfreude on the part of survivors of abusive religion (and those in analogous situations). I’m not feeling it about the Harris family now, but I won’t apologize for having felt it in the moment.

#ChristianPriviledge #EmptyThePews
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