Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Since its release in June 2020, Kristin Kobes du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation has been required reading for anyone seeking to gain a full perspective on the Christian Nationalist movement in the United States and how it got this way.

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I Read the Gab CEO’s Awful New Christian Nationalism Book So You Don’t Have To

I Read the Gab CEO’s Awful New Christian Nationalism Book So You Don’t Have To

Let’s be clear: a Christian Nationalist is not a person you want to be. But leave it to Christian Nationalists to embrace Christian Nationalism, and to make it look like the right thing to do.

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Is There a Conflict Between Science and Religion?

Is There a Conflict Between Science and Religion?

Last week I wrote a surprisingly critical review of David Hutchings and James C. Ungureanu’s 2022 book Of Popes and Unicorns: Science, Christianity, and How the Conflict Thesis Fooled the World. It was unfortunate that my opinion of the book ended up being so negative, because I really enjoyed about 70% of it.

Before I wrote that post, I had actually wanted to include a whole deep dive on my own opinions about the conflict between science and religion. After writing it, however, I realized that after tackling the book in so much detail, my own conclusion about this perceived contradiction warranted its own separate post. This is that post.

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Book Review: Of Popes and Unicorns by David Hutchings and James Ungureanu

Book Review: Of Popes and Unicorns by David Hutchings and James Ungureanu

Of Popes and Unicorns: Science, Christianity, and How the Conflict Thesis Fooled the World by David Hutchings and James C. Ungureanu is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.

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Was Science Really Born in Ancient Greece?

Was Science Really Born in Ancient Greece?

There is no question more tempting to the historian of science than the age-old “When did science begin?” The most popular answer to this question has to be “Ancient Greece!” It was Carl Sagan’s answer, and it was Simon Singh’s. This week, I found that it was also Andrew Gregory’s answer.

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Book Review: Bodies on the Line by Lauren Rankin

Book Review: Bodies on the Line by Lauren Rankin

If there is one good thing that has come out of the fight for abortion rights this year, it is that there are so many great books coming out which tell the story from every angle. Published in April 2022, Lauren Rankin’s Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America is the go-to book to learn about the unsung heroes of the abortion access movement: clinic escorts.

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Book Review: Wrath of Angels by James Risen and Judy Thomas

Book Review: Wrath of Angels by James Risen and Judy Thomas

In the last month, we have heard countless Republicans and anti-abortion advocates trying to use the recent uptick in vandalism against crisis pregnancy centers as proof that the pro-abortion side is the side of violence. James Risen and Judy Thomas’s 1998 book Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War blows that entire argument out of the water.

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3 Erroneous Anti-Roe Arguments from the Latest Congressional Hearings

3 Erroneous Anti-Roe Arguments from the Latest Congressional Hearings

I couldn’t begin to tell you why I did this, but I spent 11 hours this week watching the live streams of the US House and Senate’s discussions of the impact of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I thought I’d at least make it not a complete waste of time by turning it into a blog post.

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How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie to You for Free

How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie to You for Free

Anti-abortion activists have a wealth of tools in their belt beyond just Bibles and money. One of their greatest tools is faux compassion, a practice that gestates at their notoriously grimy crisis pregnancy centers. These centers lure in people seeking abortions only to try and persuade them into carrying their pregnancies to term.

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A group of people flipping off a blockaded Supreme Court on June 24th, 2022

10 Things You Can Do for Abortion Access Right Now

This is an extremely heavy time. In last week’s post, I said that this was not the time to give up. Of course, we all need time to grieve, process, and rest, but we don’t have time to stop. And even more importantly, we can’t only fight using the short-term adrenaline from learning that Roe was overturned. Fighting for only one week is performative and not helpful. We must balance the urgency of this moment with the fact that if we want our actions to have any real impact, then they must be long-term.

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