Reading Time: 10 minutes So Preston Sprinkle went into the overflowing hopper of Christians Who Think They’re Saying Something New and Exciting But Aren’t, and we all moved on. Then around Easter I caught wind of him proudly announcing that he’d written some more stuff on the subject and done a podcast or something, and I found myself groaning inwardly.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Preston Sprinkle, in his book People to Be Loved, expresses some truly atrocious ideas. Arguably the most offensive of the lot is his suggestion that gay people should marry straight people. Today I’ll show you why he thinks that’d be a great idea, and why he’s wrong.
Reading Time: 12 minutes In his book People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle presents two-and-a-half options for gay people. Today we’ll be talking about one of those options. Well, half of one, anyway. And we’ll be debunking it hopefully well enough for even die-hard fundagelicals to understand why people outside their bubble condemn it so unequivocally.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Using very positive language to describe a very negative situation or feeling is a tactic at least as old as Christianity itself. People who have power use this sort of language to make the powerless folks they (want to) control more comfortable with being controlled–and to sell a product that nobody in their right mind would ever want to buy if its nature were accurately described. It is at its heart a very, very Christian form of dishonesty.
Reading Time: 11 minutes There’s a huge, huge difference between listening to someone and really hearing them. Today I’ll show you what I mean, how to tell when someone has no ears to hear what you have to say, and how Christians like Preston Sprinkle are being dishonest with the people they are pretending to love.
Reading Time: 9 minutes We’ve been talking for a while now about right-wing Christians’ culture war against LGBTQ people, using Preston Sprinkle’s new advice book People to be Loved as a starting-off point. I’ve alluded a few times to the life script options that Dr. Sprinkle has generously allocated for gay people in order for them to be acceptable to him–er, to his god–and today I want to touch on one of them.
Reading Time: 10 minutes That’s quite a lot of deception both in and out of one person, but it’s really more out of his tribe rather than himself; he’s not advocating much that is really very different than what they as a group are coming to believe. But he thinks he’s presenting something very innovative and different, and today we’re going to talk about why–and what about the book really is scandalous.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Preston Sprinkle’s book People to Be Loved outlines the right-wing Christian case for opposing same-sex relationships and tries to offer a new approach for such Christians to deal with LGBTQ people generally. Today we’ll touch on the three specific beliefs in that flavor of the religion that inform this book.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Preston Sprinkle is trying to find the same have-it-both-ways middle ground between bigotry and acceptance that his “third way” peers are struggling to find. Today I’ll show you one suggestion he’s making to find that nonexistent middle ground.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Preston Sprinkle is clearly trying to find a way to square himself with his tribe’s culture war in his book, People to Be Loved. I wanted to touch on what the “third way” is, how it came about, where he differs with it, and why the idea ultimately fails before I talk more about his various suggestions for Christians and LGBTQ people.