Pretty Little Lies: Spotting Bad Ideas in Women's Books, Blogs, and Other Media — The Alisa Childers Podcast #44
Critical Theory and Intersectionality: What Every Christian Needs to Know — With Neil Shenvi —The Alisa Childers Podcast #41
I have some exciting news!
For almost the whole of last year, I have been buried in research. (Don't worry, that's not the exciting part. Wait for it.)
I've been reading progressive and liberal books, listening to lectures and podcasts, and generally trying to immerse myself in the progressive world. I believe God has called me to write a book that will provide a biblical response to this rapidly-growing and influential movement within the church.
The Wild Goose Fest, Abortion, and Progressive Christianity: With Chelsen Vicari—The Alisa Childers Podcast #36
The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy? With Dr. Peter Gurry—The Alisa Childers Podcast #35
"Once upon a time, there lived a girl with a magic book."
The opening line of Rachel Held Evans' new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again—resonates. Like Evans, I grew up in the Evangelical subculture of the eighties and nineties, replete with sword drills, purity rings, and scare films about the rapture. We were well aware of the dangers of playing Dungeons and Dragons, listening to secular music, and backward masking. Like all good Christian kids of this era, we sang "Friends Are Friends Forever" at the end of summer camp every single year.
Evans describes her childhood affection for the Bible which told tales of "kings and queens, farmers and warriors, giants and sea monsters, and dangerous voyages." (She forgot unicorns, but we'll let that one slide.) She walks the reader through her stages of disillusionment, as she began to notice things like Abraham being rewarded for agreeing to commit child sacrifice. She notes the horror of the Canaanite conquest and the dark side of the Noah's ark story. She wrote, "If God was supposed to be the hero of the story, then why did God behave like a villain?" (p. xii)