Out here, in this messy web of personal identity and political association, I am weary of being a Christian, precisely because I am so uninterested in negotiating that identity.
Evangelism using coercion, violent stories, and wielding economic and cultural power over parents of children is predatory.
Parents’ hearts are soft, driving them into action that has impact.
A faith community should never be a place you’re coerced or manipulated into participating—a healthy church should keep their doors wide open, both to welcome all in as well as to bless those who choose to leave.
Theology, as is often true, is done best from the margins, including vulnerable children.
Original Sin relegates behaviors that are developmentally normal as proof that children are rebellious instead of exploring children’s psychology and healthy development.
For brain chemistry dysfunction leading to mental instability, often what people need are medication or professional therapy—not a pastor with an MDiv degree.
I hear parents say, “I just don’t know what to teach my children with all of my own questioning,”
Photo credit: rzrxtion (pronounced resurrection) on Visualhunt / CC BY “The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken,” says psychoanalyst Lloyd DeMause, who has uncovered extensive research that reveal pre-20th century, every single parent child relationship would be prosecuted for abuse and neglect. Infanticide, abandonment, child battery, violent exploitation were socially and …