Joshua Harris’s journey would seem like whiplash if you don’t know much about legalism, the homeschooling and evangelical subcultures, or Harris’s trajectory since his bestseller.
In a new documentary, the band members laugh off their purity rings instead of chastising the adults who mocked them for acknowledging that sex truly matters.
Making a statue of a vagina out of purity rings might be attention-grabbing and even perhaps cathartic, but it is not healing.
Humans have the propensity to jump from idol to idol, but lapsed Christians in the process of healing should recognize the path forward is through Christ.
Progressive religious writer Nadia Bolz-Weber maintains the evangelical purity culture she hates but flips the identification of the pure and the impure. She redefines sin and reassigns shame.
Purity culture purports to be about saving sex for marriage, but the whole point is to refrain from sex while delaying marriage, which makes abstinence highly unlikely.
Purity Culture is a lazy, convenience-based solution to a complex spiritual problem, one that has cost many their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
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