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Writing my way through the wilderness. He/His https://t.co/JuACzfwaEE…
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6 May 19
Do you like to watch other people having sex for your own personal pleasure?

Whatever the answer (@DavidPMurray can only imagine one response), the CMA wants you to know that he doesn't want his daughter to marry an unrepentant masturbator.

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Holding a Ph.D. in Russian history from Stanford University, Chris Stroop is an #Exvangelical scholar and writer whose very odd combination of academic expertise and lived experience led to an increasingly visible presence on Twitter from the time of the 2016 election cycle.
Stroop has published peer-reviewed academic research, policy analysis, and popular articles and commentary about the Christian Right, Russian conservatism, and the connections between Putinist Russia and the contemporary far Right in Europe and the United States.
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2 May 19
Christians - and humans - have a Saul Problem.

You remember him, don't you? Acts introduces us as a "young man" who held the coats for men who were busy stoning Stephen to death.
He began as an enabler. "Hello, I'd hate for you to get your coat bloody, why don't I hold it for you so you can torture this guy more easily. Blood's hard to get out of linen!"
A few chapters later, Saul's tired of enabling and wants to take action, so he gets permission to go lead a personal hunt for suspected Christians so there can be more stoning. He's on his way to Damascus to do this when God appears before him in a blinding vision.
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25 Apr 19
Even more, there exists within a system more than one Belief, and the way these different Beliefs rub and press and pull against each other creates the Culture.
I certainly don't fault those who find the above Belief comforting. Life is a big and scary thing, and looking up to the night sky, we get a glimpse at just how small and insignificant we are.
The night is dark and full of terrors, and it's comforting to know that the Lord of Light that banishes the shadows and shades knows MY name and gives MY life meaning and worth.
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16 Apr 19
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: cbmw.org/about/statemen…
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3 Apr 19
School is out, but that doesn't mean that class isn't still in session. While you need to make time to study the Bible, apparently God's Word just ain't enough.

Finally, @davidpmurray and I agree.

Christian Man Academy says that "Real Men Study".
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@Sparkle_Heretic continually astounds me with their insight, compassion, and humor. They work to deconstruct toxic narratives, focus on healing, and tearing down the burning wreckage that is Evangelicalism.
You can read up on their work on Dr. Dobson's miserable work and life here:
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They're currently working on tackling Elisabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity here: twitter.com/i/moments/1094…
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27 Mar 19
Since you've effortlessly mastered your personal calling, it's time to get to work. But how DO you work, as a Christian Man?

Spoilers: With a lot of White Supremacy and Horrific Bullshit.

It's time to Get To Work with Christian Man Academy!
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Austin Channing Brown is a writer and speaker on Racial Justice, Faith, and Black Womanhood. She's written "I'm Still Here" (amzn.to/2uvkjLl) and you can find her at austinchanning.com.
She's running a kickstarter for an important podcast project called The Next Question. Its "mission is to be a part of expanding America's imagination for the pursuit of racial justice by asking the leading voices of our time to tell us more, to add depth to this conversation,
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26 Mar 19
Another Christian Man Academy Newsletter, another bout of spite. We're talking about school, which is near and dear to my heart as I went to a Christian college and got certified as a teacher. Murray has Thoughts about why boys do badly at school; I, too, have thoughts.
And rage.
Keep up with all the CMA threads here: twitter.com/i/moments/1097…
Holding a Ph.D. in Russian history from Stanford University, Chris Stroop is an #Exvangelical scholar and writer whose very odd combination of academic expertise and lived experience led to an increasingly visible presence on Twitter from the time of the 2016 election cycle.
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21 Mar 19
Hot New Take: White Dude Atheists are awful.

But why, though? What is it about that combination of factors seems to fairly reliably make people into hateful phobic assholes? This is my very rough theory, and I'd love a discussion about it.

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I'm tackling this from an Evangelical-to-atheist trajectory, although I certainly don't believe all atheists were once religious, nor do I believe that they're only atheist cause they're mad at god or the divine.
However, in the broad spectrum of human experience, it helps to start somewhere and (hi, have you met me?) this happens to be one of my interest areas so we're starting here.
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28 Feb 19
As I've mentioned before, part of my job in my surgery check-in capacity is to maintain a calm environment for my patients. Well, it's a self-appointed part of my job. My manager seemed surprised when I casually mentioned that I do this.
I tend to ban politics, religion, and sports. You know, topics people get worked up about.

I'm not feeling 100% today. I've worked 23 hours in the last 48 hours, I'm dizzy, tired, and grumpy.

And there were about four people talking about Trump in the waiting room.
I wanted to ignore it, because stepping in is a hassle. No one is nice to me when I do it.

Something about the situation felt off, though, even though everyone was agreeing and seemed to get along.

So, I followed my instincts, got up, and stepped in.

And got yelled.
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9 Jan 19
I've been doing a lot of reading about how power affects empathy and makes it difficult to be good humans. While I'm not quite ready to speak on that (can't wait? Have some links: bit.ly/2AhjRT2 n.pr/2FiTLVk), I have thoughts on why Evangelicalism is flawed.
According to research (bit.ly/2rtVP2b) there is a way to combat the damage of power - making sure to feel not powerful now and again. They suggest having people around you who are able to speak truthfully to you, and don't treat you like a Wise Old One.
At first glance, Evangelical Christianity (EC) ought to have this in the bag. Supposedly, one of their focus points is that ALL of us are fallen, ALL of us are sinful, and ALL of us are powerless, dependent on God for every good thing. Without Him, we can do (and are) nothing.
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8 Jan 19
In the proper cynicism of anyone white and/or male (which, historically, is absolutely earned), I'm leery of trusting too much in white dudes with power. I've done a poor job in the past in choosing which guys to think highly of - I'm trying to be better.

So, Mr. Rogers.
I grew up in the era of Mr. Rogers, but I don't think I spent much time in his neighborhood. I grew up on Sesame Street, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day while surrounded by puppets. I didn't think of Mr. Rogers at all until I worked at a christian bookstore.
While I was there, I read every book we had on the shelf. Well, at one point, at least. That's when I was told, repeatedly, that Mr. Rogers and his ethos had destroyed America. Never mind the fact that he was a minister - he was the wrong kind, and taught the anti-christ spirit.
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