White Moderates and Moderate Baptists: Moderateness as Betrayal of the Gospel

I wrote this for the National Association of Baptist Professors meeting in May at Belmont University in Nashville, TN (May 2017), and have since had a few people ask for it, so I decided to post it in a blog format.  This is a modified version. I admit, it’s a bit scary, and I know this isn’t perfect, but I hope it sparks discussion.

In his 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. criticizes the “white moderate,” identifying them as feeling empathy toward the Civil Rights Movement, but not acting upon it.  King’s “white moderate” compares to contemporary white Baptists who claim (or, who embody) the title “moderate.” By putting the two in conversation, I argue that moderateness perpetuates a status quo that does not reflect the gospel. Continue reading “White Moderates and Moderate Baptists: Moderateness as Betrayal of the Gospel”

Responding to Ashley Ray’s Comments on the “Feminist Rebellion”: Why I am a Baptist Feminist

This post has been edited. 

When I usually come across articles like the one describing Dr. Ashley Ray’s lament on the “feminist rebellion,” I usually ignore them. However, I am reminded of how comments like this reflect embedded beliefs and practices of many people. This is similar to Donald Trump’s and other candidates’ xenophobic comments, which seem exaggerated to the point of being grotesque, but actually reflect some peoples’ beliefs.

When I tell people I identify as a feminist[i], some folks seem shocked or confused, in part because of comments like  Ray’s, which attempt to paint the feminist movement in broad strokes without knowing the breadth of feminist theory and literature. Continue reading “Responding to Ashley Ray’s Comments on the “Feminist Rebellion”: Why I am a Baptist Feminist”