• Act Normal: Memoir of a Stumbling Block by K. Burmeister

Act Normal: Memoir of a Stumbling Block by K. Burmeister

Act Normal: Memoir of a Stumbling Block

A horrifying and hopeful true story that holds Christian culture accountable for the ways it objectifies, vilifies, and sacrifices its daughters.

…. Not merely a thriller about being stalked, Act Normal raises important questions on the church, feminine sexuality—and most challengingly, how to be a peacemaker in a violent world when it comes at great cost.

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• Article by H. Farrell that Muses About the Possible Reasons For The Extreme Push Back Against Equality and Feminism, Particularly by Conservative Men

Article by H. Farrell that Muses About the Possible Reasons For The Extreme Push Back Against Equality and Feminism, Particularly by Conservative Men

I believe the following is also applicable to many conservative Christians and most Christian Gender Complementarians (with emphasis added by me at various points):

The “Intellectual Dark Web,” explained: what Jordan Peterson has in common with the alt-right

Snippets:

Bari Weiss, an opinion writer and editor at the New York Times, created a stir this week with a long article on a group that calls itself the “Intellectual Dark Web.”

The coinage referred to a loose collective of intellectuals and media personalities who believe they are “locked out” of mainstream media, in Weiss’s words, and who are building their own ways to communicate with readers.

…The truth is rather that dark web intellectuals, like Donald Trump supporters and the online alt-right, have experienced a sharp decline in their relative status over time. This is leading them to frustration and resentment.

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• The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity by D. French

The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity by D. French

This editorial summarizes many of the issues I have with Christianity. There are several factors that have been driving me from a conservative Christianity I was raised in all my life towards agnosticism, or maybe deism.

I haven’t completely rejected the Christian faith at this stage of life, but I’m finding it more and more difficult to stay, seeing how so many Christians do things like excuse, turn a blind eye to, or support child molesters, wife abusers, or support sexism (but they swear that they don’t; it’s just “biblical” to bar women from certain positions, due to their biological sex alone).

I’m a conservative, but I did not support politician Roy Moore and was thoroughly put off and disturbed to see other conservatives who were supporting the guy – he, as an adult, was hitting on teen-aged girls, which is not acceptable or moral.

The following editorial’s reason- for- being was that conservatives and Christians were supporting a known child predator (Moore) who was running for political office, but its points, or raison d’etre, are exploring the broader problems in regards to conservative evangelicalism and other forms of American Christianity.

Emphasis added to this by me:

The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity by D. French

by David French

The desire for certainty in an uncertain world yields terrible results.

…This second temptation is pernicious. Theologically, it fundamentally denies a very uncomfortable scriptural truth: that this side of heaven we can’t eliminate uncertainty or temptation. We “see through a glass darkly.” We simply don’t have all the answers — for raising children, for sustaining a successful marriage, for thriving in our careers, or for responding to sickness and adversity.

The scriptural response to this fundamental uncertainty is unsatisfying to some. Faith, hope, and love are vague concepts.

The Bible doesn’t have a clear, specific prescription for every life challenge. But rather than seeking God prayerfully and with deep humility and reverence, we want answers, now. And thus we gravitate to those people who purport to offer more than the Bible.

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• 2018 Study Links Some Antidepressants, Bipolar Medications, Parkinson’s Drugs To Dementia

2018 Study Links Some Antidepressants, Bipolar Medications, Parkinson’s Drugs To Dementia

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — New research is raising important questions as to whether certain widely-prescribed drugs may be linked to dementia.

Globally, 50 million people are living with dementia, and it’s predicted to increase around the world to 132 million by 2050.

Doctors and public health experts realize that countries need to develop preventive health policies to reduce the neurodegenerative condition.

One strategy: to swap out certain medications or have doctors think twice before prescribing them. These medicines include certain antidepressants, bipolar medications, antispasmodics taken for bladder control, as well as some Parkinson’s drugs.

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• A New (2018) Study Links Antidepressants to Weight Gain

A New Study Links Antidepressants to Weight Gain

By JAMIE DUCHARME
May 23, 2018

A new study published in The BMJ has found that antidepressant use may be associated with weight gain over time.

“Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients were more likely to transition to obesity if they were treated with antidepressants,” said study co-author Rafael Gafoor, a primary care and public health researcher at King’s College London, in an email to TIME.

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• A Critique of Kevin DeYoung’s Critique of Smith’s ‘The Bible Made Impossible,’ A Book About Evangelicals and Biblicism

 A Critique of Kevin DeYoung’s Critique of Smith’s ‘The Bible Made Impossible,’ A Book About Evangelicals and Biblicism

I wanted to make a few observations or criticisms of this critique by Kevin DeYoung of a book by Christian Smith:

A Catholic Laments the Evangelical Sin of “Biblicism”

Here’s what happened, as I understand it:

A few years ago, a Catholic guy named Christian Smith wrote a book called “The Bible Made Impossible,” where he discusses concepts for which he coined the terms “Biblicism” and P.I.P. (pervasive interpretive pluralism).

This book upset and ticked off a lot of Reformed and Protestant Christians who wrote reviews criticizing it out the ying yang, and you can find some of these reviews online.

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• Sexism Causes DEPRESSION: Playboys Who Want Power Over Women Have Worse Mental Health, Large (2016) Study Reveals

Sexism Causes DEPRESSION: Playboys Who Want Power Over Women Have Worse Mental Health, Large (2016) Study Reveals

Sexism Causes DEPRESSION: Playboys Who Want Power Over Women Have Worse Mental Health, Large (2016) Study Reveals

  • Study found three traditionally sexist attitudes cause poor mental health – playboy attitude, being self-reliant, and wanting power over women
  • Men with these attitudes more likely to develop depression, study said
  • But these men were also less likely to seek mental health treatment

By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com

21 November 2016

Sexism is bad for men’s mental health, new research reveals.

Scientists studied 20,000 men, analyzing how strongly they conformed to 11 typical ideas of masculinity.

They found that men who wanted power over women and had a ‘playboy attitude’, were significantly more depressed than others.

Those men were also less likely to seek mental health treatment.

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