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Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

Benjamin L. Corey

Are Islamic Countries Doing Enough To Help Refugees?

  As we know, the world is facing a refugee crisis. We see it on the news daily, to the point where many of us in the West are likely desensitized to the scenes of refugee camps, capsized boats, and bodies of children washing up on the shores of neighboring countries. Globally, there are countless millions of refugees– over 6 million of them are refugees fleeing

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Benjamin L. Corey

The Demise of Backpage.com Would Lead To More Trafficking, Not Less

Recently the CEO of the website Backpage.com was arrested on charges related to human trafficking, a move that is being celebrated by many in the anti-trafficking world. Once Craigslist stopped publishing classifieds for erotic services, Backpage.com became the go-to website to publish these. As the now predominant publisher of classifieds that include erotic services (though, the ads are veiled), Backpage.com has long since been the victim of gross exaggerations

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Yo, America: Maine Already Tried The Whole Trump Thing. It Didn’t Work.

So listen, America. We, the people of Maine, have some wisdom to share with you. I’m sure some of you are unaware that we even exist– we basically live in Canada even though we’re technically one of the 50 states. We live quiet lives up here, and most of us tend to like it that way. We are home to brilliant fall foliage, the famous Maine

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America Isn’t Growing Hostile Towards Christians, It’s Growing Hostile Towards Religious Bullies.

  It seems like not more than a day or two goes by without hearing it from somewhere: America is growing hostile towards Christians. A growing number of Christians– a shocking amount, actually– are convinced that America’s glory days are over and that Christians are now a marginalized group on the verge of having all of their rights stripped away. I recently saw an advertisement

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Driven To Suicide: When Violence Doesn’t Feel So Violent

  One of the most frequent and consistent topics I have taught on over the years is the topic of nonviolence. I am firmly of the belief that following Jesus requires a commitment to living a life of nonviolent enemy love– something Jesus claimed was the ultimate evidence that one is a child of God. When we talk about violence we often focus on overt, obvious acts

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How Christian Fundamentalism Is Making A Concerning Comeback In America

  American culture is currently experiencing what some, and now I, am calling New Wave Fundamentalism. The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it would all come crashing down if they didn’t take culture

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Would A Righteous God Torment People In Hell For Eternity?

  After leaving Christian fundamentalism, I shed off a lot of previously held beliefs– some of them were beliefs quite central to my faith. One of those core beliefs I ended up letting go of was a belief in the traditional version of hell that exists in much of modern Christianity. I have written a great deal on the topic of hell over the past

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Keeping Drugs Illegal Just Makes It All Worse– It’s Time To Think Differently

  The other day I publicly stated that I support the efforts across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Reception was predictably mixed, though I appreciate the fact that more and more Christians are at least willing to have a reasonable discussion on this topic. I would like to continue this discussion in a few more posts, because I think the discussion on decriminalization is a

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Reminding Teachers & Parents: Kids Can’t Be Forced To Participate In The Pledge Of Allegiance

School is back in session, and this year, talk about participating in our national liturgies such as the National Anthem or the Pledge is generating far more attention than in previous years. For whatever one thinks if Colin Kaepernick, he has certainly provoked a national discussion that was long over due. I have already articulated that I do not participate in these national liturgies because they conflict with

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Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

  If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on the list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug.

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Would An Eternity In Hell Even Be Fair? (The Problem of Proportionality)

  So, you’re a sinner. Just one sin lands you in that category. No matter how small or large of a transgression, that one, smallest sin, comes with it the penalty of an eternity of torment in hell. One lie. One act of theft. One impure thought. Just one sin earns eternal torment. Or, so that’s what they taught us. The more and more I process the

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Yes, God Changes His Mind (Because Love Is Always Adapting)

  For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability– God is the same yesterday as God is today or as God will be tomorrow. Unfortunately, this attribute of God has been historically misunderstood, both to the detriment of ourselves and in the way

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Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

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