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The Daily Beast: InterVarsity’s Growing LGBTQ Controversy

I have a new article up at The Daily Beast on InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s controversial LGBTQ+ employee policy; employees are not allowed to endorse or affirm LGBTQ+ relationships and remain at IVCF.  InterVarsity’s re-entrenchment of heterosexuality as the only acceptable identity is seen by many of those who are personally invested in their organization as troubling. It may lead to not only their de-recognition by colleges and universities—something they’ve faced in the past—but also the inability to have a table at the annual Society of Biblical Literature.

Check out the piece:

“When InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA endorsed Black Lives Matter last December, it saw racial reconciliation as “an expression of the gospel.” The evangelical student outreach, which has 1,011 chapters on 667 campuses, was both criticized and praised.

A recent controversy over the group’s position on same-sex relationships and how it affects employees, however, shows that any fears of their impending liberal takeover are greatly exaggerated….”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast….

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Rational Doubt: What Happens After One Leaves Religion

In July I took a big step publicly and came out of the closet about being a secular humanist. I wrote about it at the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Losing Faith in Religious Higher Education: What happens when a seminary professor joins the religiously ‘unaffiliated’?”) and in The Guardian (“When we give up a faith, we grieve for the community we leave behind”).

This week I was invited by Rational Doubt at Patheos—a blog by founding members of The Clergy Project—to write about what it is like now that I’m out. Of course, Continue reading…

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Consider No Evil Review at Crux Sola

Over at Crux Sola, Dr. Christopher Skinner, Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Mount Olive, blogs about my book co-written with Menachem Wecker, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). There he details what it’s about and why academic freedom in religious higher education might always be a problem.

“There is much to be gained from thinking through the issues Withrow and Wecker point out in the course of their various discussions. We should be grateful for both their wisdom and their honesty….” Read the full Review

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Religion News Service: Where Blasphemy Laws Reign

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This week I have an article up at the Religion News Service that looks at state of blasphemy laws as background to the International Blasphemy Rights Day, which is on Wednesday, Sept. 30. I briefly highlight situations in China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia and Continue reading…