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Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with …

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Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Maddi Runkles is an 18-year-old senior at Heritage Academy, which is a private Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland. In January, she found out she was pregnant. The school requires all students to sign a pledge saying that they will adhere to a religious code of conduct, which includes “abstaining from sexual …

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Religion, The Church, and Sexual Abuse

I just finished reading another article about a sexual abuse scandal in the church. It was difficult to read. There were stories about church leaders who (a) covered up sexual abuse, (b) pressured victims and their families to forgive the abusers and not go to the authorities, and (c) shamed …

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Is Porn Addiction a Real Thing?

My colleague Joshua Grubbs and I published some research earlier this year on the intersection of religion and addiction to pornography that sparked a big reaction. Here’s what we found: First, more religious individuals were more likely to report zero pornography use over the past 6 months than less religious …

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