What’s Coming Up

I have never done a series as long as the End Times series I am writing now, and I never realized what a waiting list of posts in my head it would result in. See, my usual practice has been to blog more freestyle, as ideas strike me. So I thought I would take a moment to let my readers know some of what is coming up.

My concerns about the Duggars

What the Duggars and Santorum reveal about religion and politics

Megachurches

Family integrated churches

Women and voting

Women and military service

Also, I have a question. I sometimes have people emailing me asking for advice, and I’ve several times turned these questions into posts (the ones on death and hell, for instance). Just the other day I got an email from a reader wanting advice on dealing with a friend’s (Bible-based) homophobia.

So I am wondering. Should I off a “Dear Libby” style of posts, sort of like the “Dear Richard” posts on the Friendly Atheist? I could make it a regular feature. Of course, I don’t have any training in counseling or anything, it would just be my thoughts drawing on my own experiences. So, your thoughts? Good idea, bad idea?

Finally, feel free to let me know in the comments if you have additional topics you’d like to see posts on, and look for the next installment of my End Times series sometime late this afternoon.

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Anders

    I think that’s a great idea and I look forward to reading it.

  • http://whoireallyaminside.blog.com/ Jenn

    If you have the time to devote to it (in addition to your other posts), then yes, a Dear Libby series would be interesting. If you’re worried about your advice being taken as counseling, you can always put a disclaimer on the post.

    I’m really exciting on your take on women in the military service especially after Liz Trotta’s commentary on violent crimes in the military. Oh, I was so, so angry I couldn’t even see straight.

  • ashleybone

    I’m looking forward to those posts as well as “Dear Libby”. Your blog has quickly become one of my favorites at FTB. It’s a great example of the importance of diversity to freethinking.

  • http://alisoncummins.com Alison Cummins

    Yes, an advice column as an occasional feature (possibly to be promoted to regular feature) would be good. It would be helpful to advice-seekers and educational for secular onlookers.

    I think that your life experience makes you a good person to give advice, but it doesn’t matter what I think. What matters is whether advice-seekers think that. If they do, they will ask for it.

    As Dan Savage often says [wildly paraphrased], “I never said I was qualified. People write me letters and I answer them.” He gives excellent advice, so he gets lots of letters.

  • Kenn

    I’m new to your blog and I’m really enjoying the current series on the end times. I was raised Catholic (but have since deconverted), so a lot lf this is familiar to me, but there’s a lot of things I wasn’t aware of either. I would love to read a “Dear Libby” column, and I think it’s a great idea.

  • S

    I think an advice column would be interesting. Your background and the thoughtfulness you give each post makes you qualified enough, in my opinion. I look forward to the Duggar post since their super-nice surface belies their aggressive and scary dominionist ideology.

    If you are ever looking for a new post topic (although it sounds like you have at least 6 months’ worth of posts :]), I am curious to hear if your family members know about this blog at all or how your relationship with your siblings has evolved as they get older and get out of the house as well.

  • http://pervasivegoodness.com Donovanable

    The Dear Richard posts are one of my favorite things about The Friendly Atheist. Dear Libby would be great.

  • Merula

    Ooooh yes PLEASE do a Dear Libby!

    I have read your blog since you started, finding it hugely comforting as I was leaving my (messianic fundamentalist charasmatic) belief system and family near the time you began writing. I am from New Zealand, where the movement was much smaller and I knew no one who had gone through anything like it in my small town. So your blog was and is a huge support.

    I would really enjoy a Dear Libby section!

  • http://vulu.net Bertrand Le Roy

    Dear Libby is a great idea. You have quite the unique perspective, so asking you specific questions sounds great.
    I’ll ask one: I really liked your post on dispensionalism, and it made me wonder how most Christians reconcile this idea with the Old Testament describing the law as final, universal and for all generations to come (such as Numbers 15:15 or Deuteronomy 4:2)?

  • ElleC

    A Dear Libby series would be great, but honestly I want to read anything you want to write. I wasn’t raised as a christian, satanist or anything, so all this is new to me, and I find it fascinating. Just keep writing.

    PS-I am really looking forward to reading about the Duggars.

  • http://anonymouswonderings.wordpress.com B

    I think that Dear Libby would be great. I’ve only very recently left my faith, most of my family and friends have no idea, and the idea of telling them absolutely terrifies me. I grew up in a conservative, evangelical, homeschooling family, and the fact that I now identify as liberal, atheist, and a feminist would not be well received, to put it mildly. I also still struggle sometimes with how to deal with the various beliefs/behaviours/ideas etc that are still hanging on from my Christian days, so I might even make use of the Dear Libby feature myself. I love hearing your perspective on your past and what it was like to leave it behind, everything you write about sounds oh so familiar (I’m a few steps behind you in the process still, and you give me hope that it will turn out alright).

  • kisekileia

    I’d love “Dear Libby” posts!

    Also, this is a minor quibble, but do you have to stick with a standard layout on FreeThought Blogs, or is it possible to make your blog here as beautiful as the Blogger one? I really, really loved the beautiful pink flowers you had in the header of your old blog, and the colours and layout in general.

  • http://pervasivegoodness.com Donovanable

    Your avatar! I love it :)

  • I’m_not

    Can I just add to growing list of compliments you are receiving? You are consistently informative and entertaining by turn and this has become a can’t miss blog for me. Thanks.

  • Grendels Dad

    +1 for Dear Libby.

  • http://beckyskaleidoscope.blogspot.com Becky @ Becky’s Kaleidoscope

    I think that’s a great idea!

    Looking forward to all of the upcoming posts :)


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