I’m a sex-positive theology nerd.
I blog about hope, sexuality and consent, from a perspective rooted in my Christian faith.
I’m here to map out a new perspective on purity and its related topics, including virginity, marriage, sex, bodies and inclusion.
I’m not 100% sure what this ‘new perspective’ will look like, but it’ll involve building up consent culture and taking down purity culture.
To help you navigate my posts, I put them into four ‘light’ categories — dip into whichever works for you:
- Sunlight: easy-going, looking at positives, consistent with established Christian thought (lots here on sex, consent, hope and the Bible)
- Firelight: examining where things go wrong (e.g. abuse dynamics), challenging more traditional assumptions (especially around marriage and inclusion)
- Moonlight: undercutting the roots of gender violence and purity, including virginity, honour and very difficult Bible passages (Deuteronomy 22:13-29), broaching more controversial topics (Fifty Shades and BDSM)
- Starlight: my theological reflections, creative writing and personal experiences (including those as a blogger)
I’ve written in more detail about:
- my writing (who it’s for, what people have said about it)
- my theology (what I believe), and
- my feminism.
Thank you for visiting.
You can also find me on:
- Twitter: @hope4greyplaces
- Facebook: @workthegreymatter (blog page) and @hope4greyplaces (personal page)
I was brought up in as an evangelical Anglican. Whilst I wouldn’t describe myself with either of those labels at the current time, I live with a sense of home-sickness for both, which never completely goes away. In some respects I have progressed very far from what I believed when I was younger, in others, I remain very orthodox.
The part of my faith that has surprised me most (not to mention others) has been my love of the Old Testament and the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). I feel like I know and love Jesus best, not when I experience him as a companion, good friend or advocate, but rather as a wonderful teacher of the law. Maybe that will change in the future, but it’s where I’m at now and I’m done trying to hide it.