"I will keep the Bible, which remains the Word of God for me, but always the Word as heard by generations of human beings as flawed as I. As beautifully as these witnesses write, their divine inspiration can never be separated from their ardent desires; their genuine wish to serve God cannot be divorced from their self-interest. That God should use such blemished creatures to communicate God’s reality so well makes the Bible its own kind of miracle, but I hope never to put the book ahead of the people whom the book calls me to love and serve.
I will keep the Bible as a field guide, which was never intended to be a substitute for the field. With the expert notes kept by those who have gone before me, I will keep hunting the Divine Presence in the world, helped as much by the notes they wrote in the margins while they were waiting for God to appear as by their astonished descriptions of what they saw when God did. I know that nine times out of ten, the truth scripture tells is the truth about the human search for God. Still, with the help of the guide, there is always the hope of glimpsing the bright dove that splits the sky, fluttering in full view before turning with a whirr and a cry to make its clean getaway.”
- Barbara Brown Taylor // Leaving Church
Sometimes, even for a bishop, it’s embarrassing to be a Christian. Not that I’m embarrassed by Jesus, whose life was spent caring and advocating for the marginalized, and whom I believe to be the perfect revelation of God. I’m just sometimes embarrassed to be associated with others who claim to follow him.
The Jesus I follow always stood with the poor and powerless — and trust me, this struggle is about about power. Whether the issue touches women or gays and lesbians, our religion should be about more love, not less; more dignity, not less.
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literally so excited
also somewhat slaphappy
just wanna see how many people actually care about their music
Greek verbs make me cry
I think I might come unglued
Or, rather, “untied”
He identified himself not with the system, but with those disempowered by the system.
In his death on the cross, Christ— God in Christ— revealed himself to be not a God who sides with the empire, but the God whom the empire crucified.
And in rising again, the God of the oppressed, the disempowered, the persecuted, the excluded, the foreigner, the slave— the God whom the powers of this world crucified— proved that not even the worst of human violence, the ugliest of human hatred and oppression, or the strongest of human empire will ever be able to silence the message of love and hope and peace, of dignity for all, of the first made last and the last made first.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy peace come. Thine abundance and wholeness and restoration come.
A lot of the people I know on here are Christian anti-capitalists, and I’m very glad for the company. In this space we generally connect capitalism in our time with the Roman empire in Jesus’s. In both cases, we have powerful elite who will do anything they need to in order to maintain the status quo, and in the process, everyone else gets hurt.
A few times recently I’ve seen people express some form of hopelessness or other, politically speaking. It’s easy to see why. Capitalism seems like totality, and we are usually powerless to do anything about the way it operates. Additionally, it has created an ecological crisis that will have catastrophic consequences, at the very least. And so a lot of the time it can look like capitalism will continue forever, or will be the end of us.
I guess I just want to remind everyone that in the Christian story, the cross is not the final word. The empire is violent, but the empire does not get to tell the whole story. Resurrection means that the final word comes from God.
I don’t know what’s going to happen. Maybe we’ll find a way out of this. Maybe we won’t. Maybe we’ll all die when the Earth starts to boil over and wake up in a new creation. But now matter what happens, I believe, with all of my heart and all of my soul, that we will look back on all of this, and we’ll say, yes, that was resurrection happening. Whatever happens, we’ll be able to call it new life. And I believe this because as far as I can see there is not a single other thing worth believing.
Several studies have shown that portrayals of women enjoying rape and other kinds of sexual violence can lead to increased acceptance of rape myths in both males and females.
One group of college students were shown a pornographic depiction in which a woman was portrayed as sexually aroused by sexual violence, and a second group was exposed to control materials.
Subsequently, all subjects were shown a second rape portrayal.
The students who had been exposed to the pornographic depiction of rape were significantly more likely than the students in the control group:
(1) to perceive the second rape victim as suffering less trauma; (2) to believe that she actually enjoyed it; and (3) to believe that women in general enjoy rape and forced sexual acts.
Neil Malamuth and James Check. “The effects of aggressive pornography on beliefs in rape myths: Individual differences.” Journal of Research in Personality, 19 (1985), pp. 299-320.
WHOA CHECK OUT THIS LINK, TONS OF STUDIES REFERENCED, INCLUDING SEVERAL MASSIVE METASTUDIES.
so lately ive been really obsessed with political cartoons for some reason
BUT LOOK AT THESE
IT IS AMAZING HOW SOMETHING SO SIMPLE CAN HOLD SO MUCH MEANING AND TRUTH
More like #LearntUp.