Dating and goodbye
We want to curate these stories in the hopes of preventing more damage from being done and to provide an alternative narrative to the rigid and narrow thinking that IKDG and Harris’ other work espouses.
Here’s how you can participate: We hope to help keep the power of the stories in the hands of those they belong to. It is our hope that these stories will not only give comfort to those who have felt like they are alone, but will also spur Joshua Harris on to further and more humble reflection on his contributions to purity culture—reflection that does not come at the cost of those most harmed by his teachings. Add a link to your own #IKDGstories blog post, podcast, or video.
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Jefferson City, Missouri, is a place where it's harder for a college-educated, twentysomething, professional, Christian man to find a date than it is to find a good coffeehouse or bookstore.
In response, one of her followers tweeted that she didn’t have a prom because of Joshua Harris, the author of the influential book was published in 1997 and quickly became a hit among the Evangelical crowd.
Here was this young guy, only 21, preaching chastity, virtue and not kissing until you got married.
It is likely this last event that set him on his path toward seminary.
It was a supremely conservative message packaged with youthful fervor and a fedora.
In the wake of its publication, churches held purity conferences, purity balls, and had teens take purity pledges.
While we think that actually taking the time to listen is a good start for Harris, many of us are deeply uncomfortable with his chosen format.
By giving Harris permission to share these stories, they are being licensed to him for use in whatever way he sees fit—in whole in or in part, censored or uncensored, in service of whatever conclusions he comes to about the impact of his work.