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Potstirrer Podcast

100 EpisodesProduced by Jaye PoolWebsite

Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity … read more


36 - Power and Purity

Episode 36 - Power and Purity

Several scandals involving sexual harassment and sexual abuse have been uncovered recently in a number of churches across the Christian landscape. Why is abuse within the church such a huge story, why does it occur, and what can churches do better to reduce abuse occurrences and respond to these incidents? Jaye discusses a few of these recent scandals - delving into authoritarianism, sexual repression, and purity culture, and how these mechanisms can enable perpetrators and silence victims.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of sexual activity, sexual assault and child abuse. Please be advised.

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Galli, Mark. 2018. "We Need an Independent Investigation of Sovereign Grace Ministries." Christianity Today. March 22. (September 9, 2018)

Goodstein, Laurie. 2018. "How the Willow Creek Church Scandal Has Stunned the Evangelical World." The New York Times. August 9. (September 9, 2018)

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Moon, Sarah, and Jo Reger. 2014. “’You Are Not Your Own:’ Rape, Sexual Assault, and Consent in Evangelical Christian Dating Books.” Journal of Integrated Social Sciences. 4(1): 55-74. (September 9, 2018)

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Showalter, Brandon. 2018. "Bishop Apologizes for Groping Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's Funeral." The Christian Post. September 3. (September 9, 2018)

Sheehan, Andy. 2018. "301 ‘Predator Priests’ Named In Pa. Grand Jury Sex Abuse Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’" KDKA-TV. August 14. (September 9, 2018)


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