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They grew up in purity culture, then taught it and now want to help others recover from it

Ryan Clark and Nathan Novero grew up in evangelical purity culture and even preached it as youth ministers. Now they are trying to address the sexual dysfunction and trauma inflicted on themselves and...

How purity culture and anti-Asian racism intersect in some white evangelical circles

The intersection of purity culture and anti-Asian racism is familiar to many Asian American Christian women, who say there’s long been a connection between the two among white, conservative Christians...

A few good men?: Promising Young Woman and the culture of abuse

When Judge Aaron Persky reduced Stanford rapist Brock Turner’s sentence from six years in state prison to six months in country jail, he did so on the basis that Turner was “a promising young man.” Wr...

The link between the Atlanta shootings and purity culture

The shootings that happened in Atlanta on March 16 were a needless tragedy — the loss of innocent lives at the hands of yet another gunman, where women of color once again were the victims. While lack...

Purity culture questions: A friendly, but crucial, dialogue between two evangelical thinkers

The purity culture wars continue over on Twitter, where a crucial question — from a journalism perspective — can be seen in the following sequence. There is no question that some church leaders went t...

Panning purity culture: What the press doesn't get about basic Christian doctrines on sex

Here we go again. Evangelical “purity culture” is getting royally trashed these days for being responsible for a multiple murder last week in Atlanta. If only, these stories suggest, this man hadn’t b...

That painful issue of SBC culture — is 'Southern' more important than 'Baptist'?

When megachurch pastor J.D. Greear became the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention he saw all kinds of statistics headed in all kinds of directions. After decades of growth, America’...

One year later: Some musings on post-COVID culture and social ethics

When this column appears, it will be exactly one year since my last trip to the airport. One year since I lectured outside my own home or university. Just under one year since my Mercer classes went t...

New podcast: 'Screen' culture tied to loneliness; can clergy build bridges with same tech?

The coronavirus pandemic has created a wide variety of religion-beat stories — from empty local pews to the U.S. Supreme Court debating how many people can occupy local pews. And sometimes it feels li...

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