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Transpocrisy: Are Gender Stereotypes Legit, Or Not?

Transpocrisy: Are Gender Stereotypes Legit, Or Not?

  I’m very confused. – I recently discovered that one of my Christian friends has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for “gender reassignment surgery”. My initial reaction was one of sadness, which only increased when I heard her say that she believed the surgery to be her only means of avoiding crippling depression. Statistics show her hope to be misplaced. Research has shown gender reassignment surgery to be ineffective. The Guardian reported that, “The review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals by the University of Birmingham‘s aggressive research intelligence facility (Arif) found no robust scientific evidence that gender reassignment surgery is clinically effective.” The director of this research stated that, “There is a huge uncertainty over whether changing someone’s sex is a good or a bad thing. While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatised – often to the point of committing suicide.” Research from the US and Holland suggest also that up to 20% of patients regret changing their sex, and has also found that suicide attempt rates of up to 18% among those who underwent surgery. As Walt Heyer, a former “trans-female” himself described, “I lived for 8 years as a so-called trans-female named Laura Jensen. But no matter how feminine I appeared, like all transgenders, I was just a man in a dress. I was unhappy, regretful of having transitioned, and I attempted suicide. Gender surgery is not effective treatment for depression, anxiety, or mental disorders.” It was Walt Heyer... read more
What Are You Worth?

What Are You Worth?

I’m guest posting today over at Alovelycalling.com again! This time focusing on the question of self-worth. What are you worth? If you were put up on an auction block today, what kind of price would you fetch? What dollar amount would equate to your value? Do you think you are worth a hundred dollars? Or maybe ten thousand? A million? Surely you don’t think you’re worth a billion dollars, right? Come on! What kind of narcissistic psychopath are you? Well, according to our American society, you are worth about $5 million. Hmm…not too shabby. As a livescience.com article points out, “If a safety code will cost more than $5 million for every person it will save, ‘regulators eyes start to glaze over. They say that that is too expensive.’” Have you ever thought of yourself as being worth $5 million before? How would you treat an object you owned if was valued at $5 million? Click here to read the... read more
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

As it is for most kids, Christmas time was my favorite time of the year growing up. Everything changes. There are lights, Christmas songs, making gingerbread houses, fun Christmas movies, and best of all, lots of new toys! –  I was always the first one up Christmas morning, and always dazzled by the sight of our family-room filled with beautifully-wrapped presents, all filled with new and exciting things just waiting to be discovered. Yes, Christmas was the best time of the year.  – I never thought much about why we had Christmas, or what all of the traditions and practices meant. Everyone celebrated Christmas…or so I thought.  – Once while visiting a great Christian family, I was horrified to discover that they did not celebrate Christmas! WHAT? WHY? How sad their children don’t get presents Christmas morning! My parents explained later that they believe we should treat every day the same, and consider every day as holy, and seek to celebrate God every moment. –  Okay, that makes sense, I thought, but why not treat every day the same…but also get presents? – As I grew older, Christmas slowly began to lose its luster for me. More and more things began to bother me about the holiday, such as the hustle and bustle, the stress the season seemed to bring, and the over-commercialization. – Since then, I have also learned more sinister things about the origins of Christmas. Indeed, there are even some Christians who believe we should not participate at all in the celebration due to its pagan origins. – Where did Christmas come from? –  Long before Christmas... read more
Is Social Media Making Us Arrogant?

Is Social Media Making Us Arrogant?

Social media allows us to express ourselves like never before. We can share our opinions on Facebook and Twitter, post pictures of ourselves on Instagram, and create virtual boards full of things we like on Pinterest. Social media allows us to create a whole world devoted just to ourselves. –  It seems that this virtual world we create for ourselves often goes to our heads, or does it? I’ve been trying to figure out if it is really social media which is making us arrogant, or if social media only reveals our arrogance. Regardless, it’s quite obvious through social media that we think a lot of ourselves. – The most tangible evidence of our arrogance has to come in the form of the selfie, which actually was named the word of the year last year. We are taking a lot of pictures of ourselves.  – Allow me to tell you a story from Greek mythology you’ve probably heard. Narcissus was a hunter who was legendary for his beauty. In fact, he was apparently so good-looking that when he happened to gaze at his reflection in a pool of water, he couldn’t look away. Paralyzed by his own beauty, Narcissus died.My, my. How tragic. –  Perhaps the word Narcissus sounds familiar to you. This is because our word “narcissism” (a fixation with oneself) is derived from this Greek myth; however, it’s not a myth. This story is being lived out today, only instead of pools of water, we have pixels on a screen. –  It amazes me how some people seem to be obsessed with selfie-taking. They’ll change their profile picture... read more
Why Is Everyone So Upset With Jameis Winston?

Why Is Everyone So Upset With Jameis Winston?

When I heard last year’s Heisman trophy winner, Jameis Winston, was suspended for a game last Saturday because he acted like a person his age normally acts, I laughed. Apparently what he said was offensive to women and not appropriate, but I’ve heard similar things spoken in high school hallways and on my own college campus. Of course, not everyone stands up on a table in the middle of their college campus to shout such things, but all the same, the words Jameis Winston spoke which led to his suspension are common, and come out of the mouth of just about every college student. What is more, all he did was repeat the words of what was apparently a popular internet meme. – The same words he spoke can be found in the songs of popular rappers and music artists, and they are celebrated. They are in films, and they are in our common speech. Most people thought what he said was funny, as the plethora of tweets about the event proved. Everyone laughed. Why then did he get suspended for acting the way the culture teaches us to act? Do people really not know what middle school, high school, and college-aged kids say? –  Jameis Winston got suspended for acting exactly the way he was supposed to act. The media has come out and claimed that what he said was offensive to women, okay, but why then does popular culture encourage this type of attitude toward women? –  As Doug Wilson says, “a large part of the entertainment industry is dedicated to honoring the dishonorable, praising the despicable,... read more
“This is so messed up,” And Other Kind Words From An Anonymous Person

“This is so messed up,” And Other Kind Words From An Anonymous Person

I received the following quote on my post, “How To Be Emotionally Pure In Courtship,” –  “Hmmm. Maybe we should just have our pastor or parents pick out our “good match” spouses. That would make it a whole lot easier for everyone. *whew* besides we will just learn to love them later right? As long as they are a good match nothing else matters right? 🙂 Wow, this is so messed up I’m appalled, I’m very sad that people still think that this thinking is ok. The only girl I know that went through this “perfect” scenario, and married her “godly” husband is the most miserable girl I know. You can “learn to love” someone, but I think that God factored in attraction for a reason…. Or wait is attraction a product of the fall? I can’t remember anymore… im sure you have never experienced a real “courtship”/relationship. :/ this is exactly the thinking that pretty much ruined my poor brother and his wife’s life…. Thankfully though they persevered and are married and boy am I glad that the religious nut with this thinking wasn’t able to ruin their marriage.”  – I normally wouldn’t spend so much time replying to such an uncivil post, but I get quite a few, so I feel a need to explain how such comments make me feel so that my critics might change their tactics…though I rather doubt they will. –  What really frustrates me about comments such as the above, is that this person could be right. Perhaps they have a legitimate objection to something I wrote, or maybe I need to... read more
4 Good Ways To Disagree

4 Good Ways To Disagree

“A basic rule of civil debate that should always guide not only Christians but all serious people: always describe your opponents’ view as they describe it, and if you are going to accuse them of leading to a conclusion they do not actually embrace, say they do not actually embrace it.  Attributing to adherents of a particular view certain beliefs they explicitly reject is unfair at best, and dishonest at worst.” – Rodger Olsen People don’t know how to disagree anymore. In fact, society has come to believe that disagreeing with someone means you personally detest them. This is nonsense.  –  A lot of the criticism I receive is from people attacking things I never said, or points I don’t believe. This phenomenon is not unique to me. It’s everywhere. Whenever someone expresses an opinion, antagonists immediate twist and warp what was said. – This is unfair, uncivil, and really very barbaric. What is more, it is very unhelpful. It doesn’t change anyone’s mind, and it simply spreads around false belief and slander. – There are plenty more civilized ways to disagree with someone. The quote above describes some foundational rules for civil debate: –  1. Don’t Fight Scarecrows: –  Describe your opponent’s view in the best possible light. Describe their position the way they would. –  Why should we do this?  – First of all, it’s only fair. You wouldn’t like someone twisting what you said, or painting your view in the worst possible light, correct? So don’t do that to other people. –  Second of all, it’s a logical fallacy to set up a weak example of... read more
I Got a C For Defending the Bible: University Unmasked – 17

I Got a C For Defending the Bible: University Unmasked – 17

Back in December, I posted one of my college papers on my blog. This paper was for my New Testament class which wanted me to make the case for something I didn’t believe was true. Specifically, I had to argue that there are different versions of the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew and Luke (and Thomas) because the gospel authors each had an ax grind and were twisting the truth to fit their needs. Since the assignment said I could make my own observations, I thought I could give the position the class took, while also giving my own views. This would show that I understood the material taught in class, but disagreed. While I was aware this would probably hurt my grade to some extent, I thought I would still get a fairly high score. I was wrong. I ended up getting a “C” on the paper, and it had nothing to do with the quality of writing, or failure to follow the details of the assignment. I got a “C” simply because I didn’t agree with the bias of the class. Here is what the official grading looked like. Writing skills: Good. Well organized. Connection to the reading: Excellent! Judicious use of quotation. Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation: I appreciate the essay took a different approach, but the argumentation is extremely flawed and more or less disregards the teachings of the class completely. It is likely that Jesus did give a parable on a shepherd and the 1 and 99, but for very different reasons than what the essay gave. Grade: C What was so wrong... read more