Atonement and inclusion

When I write about patriarchy, I’m often writing about where things have gone wrong — the problems in how we frame gender relations and sex. This page focusses on where things have gone wrong within the Christian understanding of hope. This has massive implications for how we understand the cross, agency and inclusion.

I focus on my observations from evangelical Christianity, because that reflects my upbringing. (Also, I believe there’s a pearl to be made here — even if that’s as a product of irritation.) I recognise that how evangelicalism manifests in the US is markedly different to the UK (and I live in the UK).

For an introduction for why I have this page at all, have a read of An open letter to Nate Sparks on leaving evangelicalism (aka “Why do I consider myself an irritant to evangelicalism?”)

Posts on this page are firelight content.


I heard a talk on penal substitutionary atonement; it tainted the ‘good’ in Good Friday

Picture of wooden crucifix on a table with the words "I heard a talk on penal substitutionary atonement; it tainted the ‘good’ in Good Friday"

I heard a talk on penal substitutionary atonement; here’s what happened when I complained

Picture of wooden crucifix on a table, with the words "I heard a talk on penal substitutionary atonement; here’s what happened when I complained"

Shameless about…? On hearing Nadia Bolz-Weber at Southwark Cathedral

Picture of the book "Shameless: A sexual reformation" by Nadia Bolz-Weber, with a card sticking out saying "I'm ready to be SHAMELESS about ...." Text over the top: On hearing Nadia Bolz-Weber at Southwark Cathedral workthegreymatter.com

Does Good Omens promote Satanism? Wow, OK, let’s talk about this. (July 2019)

Hardback book, "The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens script book" adapted from the novel, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, on black background with the text "Does Good Omens promote Satanism? Wow, OK, let's talk about this" workthegreymatter.com

Does Good Omens promote the Gospel? Not quite, but it comes close (July 2019)

Book of Good Omens, brown cover, hardback, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, on black background with the text "Does Good Omens promote the gospel? Not quite, but it comes close..." workthegreymatter.com

What? A study on Nehemiah? And The Gospel Coalition wrote it?

I’ve always loved the Torah – and now I feel lied to (a complaint about translation) (Oct 2017)

Worn used NIV Study Bible

Books of 2017: Titles for those who are looking outside the box (Jan 2018)


LGBTQ+

Evangelicals can’t sanitise Vicky Beeching’s conversion exorcism as badly worded prayers (July 2018)

To stay or to go? On church, LGBT+ affirmation, and uncomfortable places (Apr 2018)

Piano sheet music from a Cadiz by Isaac Albeniz

The Orlando nightclub shooting: a challenge to non-LGBT Christians one year on (June 2017)

LGBT Rainbow

My choice in the wake of Orlando and Brexit