Fred Clark explains that white evangelical “purity culture” is about more than sex

September 7, 2015

Writing for his Slacktivist blog on Patheos, Fred Clark underscores the pitfalls of the particular brand of Christianity found in white evangelical “purity culture.” He says, “This obsession with ‘purity‘ isn’t just a sex thing. That’s where it finds its main expression these days, but purity culture is a fountain flowing deep and wide. It influences how white evangelicals view everything — themselves, God, ‘the world,’ all of it.” And he shows two different ways of looking at how “the world” is discussed in Scripture—the world defined as “an evil powerful system of injustice” and the world defined as a beautiful populated planet that God loves and calls us to love as well.

Read “’Purity culture’ isn’t just a sex thing. It’s a do-nothing thing.”


posted by Letha Dawson Scanzoni

Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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