Irritants to evangelicalism

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).


Sunlight posts:

An open letter to Nate Sparks on leaving evangelicalism (aka “Why do I consider myself an irritant to evangelicalism?”)

95 statements on hope, sexuality and consent (aka “Some stuff I believe and much of it would challenge evangelicalism”)


Gender, marriage and commitment

Firelight posts:

Why do Methodist evangelicals insist that all sex outside marriage is ‘sexual immorality’? Because it’s not in the Bible. (July 2019)

Text on purple, white and black swirly background: Why do Methodist evangelicals insist all sex outside marriage is 'sexual immorality'? Because that's not in the Bible. workthegreymatter.com

45 reasons why the culture behind #ChurchToo fails to understand consent

Candles surrounding the cross in Norwich Cathedral

Gary Thomas’ claim that Christians should have more children is unbiblical (May 2017)

Pair of ducklings

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

Moonlight posts:

Let’s talk about that Deuteronomy 22 law where a girl marries her rapist. Because it’s not about marriage or sex. (Nov 2018)

Juliet from 1996 20th Century Fox adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, with quote "Proud can I never be of what I hate" and text "Let's talk about that Old Testament law where a girl marries her rapist"


Hope and biblical interpretation

Firelight posts:

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"

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


LGBT

Firelight posts:

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