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Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions—The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.

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What Vacation Bible School Looks Like in a Nursing Home

We found some new VBS students: My grandmother and her friends.

If I See Blue, and You See White, Why Does It Matter?

The significance of our viral debate over #TheDress.

Why Faithful Foodies Might Consider Less Meat

Reducetarianism holds a familiar lesson: Everything in moderation.

Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet

On loving dogs and being loved by God.

Female and Made in My Father's Image

Just because I’m a “she” doesn’t mean the Creator I reflect has to be.

Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin

As the saying goes, we didn’t start the fire.

The Most Influential Reformer You've Never Heard of

Hannah More shows us what happens when Christians focus on world-changing instead of in-fighting.

We Can't All Be Beautiful

Why does our obsession with self-acceptance focus so much on appearance?

Subjectivity Overload

The problem with sentimentality, porn, and emotion for emotion’s sake.

When Abortion Hits Home

As more women open up, we’re faced with the heartbreaking realization that abortion affects us all.

Called to Love the Whore

The church needs grace, too.

The Not-Hopeless, Anti-Romantic

What Madame Bovary taught me about love and life.

Saving Chimps, Serving God

Is animal welfare (finally) returning to the Christian conscience?

They Will Know Us By Our Angry Blogs

It’s time for Christians to tone down the controversy and show some love.

Prom's Biggest Drama Queens? The Adults

Striving for moderation on high school's biggest night.

Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination

The story of the girl who wouldn't stop asking questions.

Have We Forgotten the Power of Poetry?

While Afghani women risk their lives for verse, we ignore it.

We Saw Your Satire

Why the Oscars' boob song made us laugh.

Why Are Christians Such Bad Tippers?

A theological defense of paying servers their 15 percent... or more.

When Our Labels Fail: The End of 'Pro-Choice'

Our impulse to divide and categorize has its limits.
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