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Kate Blanchard is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Alma College in Michigan. She is the author of "The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism: Christians, Freedom, and Free Markets" and co-editor of "Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues." She has also published essays in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Religion Dispatches.

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The Trouble With #Theyfeelpain

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 1:00 PM

The new hashtag #theyfeelpain refers to HR 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which "Prohibits the abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater," with exceptions for rape or incest (if previously reported to police), and non-psychological...

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Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:38 PM

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. It's of a piece with political rants over the cost of college, musings about the worth of professors, gall...

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Who Cares What You Believe; Where Does Your Fidelity Lie?

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 6:22 PM

On May 18, following the recent Pew study, Michael Smerconish and Rachel Held Evans talked about why millennials are leaving churches in greater numbers than previous generations of young people. The word "belief" came up several times during their conversation, as did the idea...

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Is It Hate Speech or Just Ignorance?

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:38 AM

My institution has been in an uproar over a visit from Dr. Ben Carson, who was invited when he was known for being a surgeon, before he became famous as a Tea-Partyer; before he reasoned that same-sex couples' right to marry was no more justifiable than marriage rights...

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12 Essentialist Oversimplifications About Religion Badly in Need of Theory

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:08 PM

The Raw Story published a post with the deliciously satisfying title, "These are the 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world." On the list are a lot of quite terrible ideas, including holy war, genital mutilation, and male ownership of female fertility. Other ideas such as...

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Face It, Christians, You Don't Have Ten Commandments

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Countless American Christians, like Michele Bachmann and Anthony Miller, claim allegiance to the Ten Commandments. One wonders, however, whether such folks have actually read the Hebrew laws of which they are so apparently fond.

The first tablet of Moses's law might be summed up as...

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What Did Dave Brat Learn in Seminary?

(28) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Although I normally don't pay too much attention to Republican primaries, I'm having trouble ignoring Dave Brat's defeat of Eric Cantor. It just so happens that I currently live in Brat's former hometown, but what gnaws at me more is that we both studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, only a...

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Does She Work Hard for the Money?

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:32 PM

An adjunct instructor at my institution who teaches five courses, earns an annual total of $17,700 ($3,540 per course). If she teaches 15 hours per week for fourteen weeks, and preps and grades 30 hours per week, this means she earns about $28 per hour. That's not bad from a...

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The Good News of Authenticity

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:24 PM

In "The Gospel According to 'Me'," Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster shed a harsh light on "the booming self-help industry" and "the cash cow of New Age spirituality."

These economically-driven movements, they argue, have filled the void left by the death of traditional gods and religions,...

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Other Parents' Grief

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Around this time two years ago, when my son was 6, a 6-year-old boy who lived down the street died suddenly of an infection. I had met him and his parents only once, at a party of some mutual friends, where his mother and I chatted while our then 3-year-olds...

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Why Bother Talking Politics on the Internet?

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 10:34 AM

"If you believe that you are going to get shot every time you leave the house, you may want to lay off the HuffPost." The meaning of this comment was clear enough: anyone who voices an opinion in public is asking to become a victim of gun violence. It went...

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Christians and the American 'Baby Bust'

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Yet another hand-wringing article about falling American birth rates came out last month. Despite the fact that market proponents usually love to tell us that the magic of markets is precisely that they can adjust to anything, the authors of this article -- as with most such articles...

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Don't Women Deserve Better?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:11 PM

At least two of my pro-life friends recently posted this video on Facebook in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. One of them commented wryly that the 1973 Supreme Court decision was the "best thing that ever happened to men." The video features a wealthy-looking...

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Men: Ravenous Animals or Picky Eaters?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 10:11 AM

We have all grown unpleasantly accustomed to hearing that virtually all rape victims deserve to be raped. They deserve to be raped because they get drunk. They deserve to be raped because they wear skirts. They deserve to be raped because they go outside at night. They deserve...

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Whence Cometh Professors' Stress?

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Well, the continuing cultural attack on higher education is still in full swing. Much has been made of a CareerCast study, as well as a Forbes magazine piece (for which the author has since apologized), explaining why being a tenured college professor...

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Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:45 AM

In a prior post, I argued that what the Bible teaches about same-sex sexual relations is virtually irrelevant to our current debates over homosexuality and same-sex marriage. But this argument cuts both ways. In the wake of Sandy Hook, I find myself asking, "How can Christians possibly...

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The Myth of 'Choice' in Women's Fertility

(10) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:36 PM

In "Falling birthrates: the threat and the dilemma," Chrystia Freeland offers an important, measured response to some Americans' fears about the fact that American women are having fewer and fewer babies. "It is tempting," she notes perceptively, "particularly if you happen to be an affluent man, to frame...

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My Two Abortions

(27) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:38 PM

I read the news of the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar with horror and grief. She died because she had the misfortune of having an incomplete miscarriage in Ireland, where -- as good Catholics -- they prioritized the dying fetus's heartbeat over the living, breathing, walking, working,...

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The Bible Hates Homosexuality. So What?

(2441) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 7:01 AM

A student recently asked me for some advice about how to defend same-sex marriage biblically to people who insist that the Bible is against it. My basic response to such questions is, "Don't."

First of all, there is no "the Bible." It is a collection of texts spanning millennia,...

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Things Liberals Might Learn From Conservatives

(52) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Those of us feeling relieved or triumphant about the 2012 election results might be tempted to gloat about it. That's natural. Especially with regard to, say, people who dismiss 47 percent of the nation, or men who pretend to know God's will about rape and pregnancy, a little schadenfreude may...

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