Shall I review Created to Be His Helpmeet?


Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious, that extremely patriarchal marriage manual I have mentioned before, was published by Debi Pearl in 2004. Michael Pearl and his wife Debi run No Greater Joy ministries and are the authors of To Train Up A Child, that extreme discipline manual that advocates spanking infants as young as six months and spanking toddlers until they are "utterly defeated." Here is the descriptive summary of Created to Be His Help Meet f … [Read more...]

Give a big welcome to Dan Fincke, JT, and Chris!


Guess what? I have a new neighbor here in the Patheos atheist channel! Actually I have several new neighbors!  Yay!Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers has just today moved to Patheos from my former home, FreeThought Blogs. Dan was raised evangelical, went to a Christian college to study philosophy, and graduated four years later an atheist. He has his Ph.D. in philosophy and writes some fascinating things on ethics, atheism, and religion.You should all check out Dan's blog. I'm thrilled to … [Read more...]

A Questions of Comments and Policies


In recent weeks, more and more of you readers have been leaving comments. I like that. I have always enjoyed reading the discussion on my posts, and I've learned a lot in the process. It does make things complicated sometimes, though. When beliefs and political opinions clash, well, people can get upset and up and arms pretty quickly, and it's no wonder. So I've been thinking lately about my comment policy.In some sense, blogs are extensions of their owners. The way I run my blog, both in … [Read more...]

Purity Rings: An Invitation for Stories

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I've been thinking lately about my purity ring. My dad gave it to me on my thirteenth birthday, and I still have it tucked away. I have a lot of strong feelings about it, weird though that may seem. There's a lot of my girlhood wrapped up in it, years of idealism and dreams. There's pain in it too, and heartbreak and fear. But you know what? I don't think I'm the only one to have strong feelings about my purity ring. And so, I'd like to start a new series. The "Purity Rings" series.If you … [Read more...]



After a post a few weeks ago turned into a sort of impromptu space for introductions, I thought it might be a good idea to set up an official "Introductions" post, especially for those of you who comment frequently. Any of my readers are welcome and invited to introduce themselves here, but to make this space efficient, I would like everyone to follow a specific format: 1. Your name/internet handle 2. Your background 3. Your current beliefs 4. A bit about you 5. What brings you to Love, … [Read more...]

Blog Housekeeping


First, I've just learned that when someone reads my blog in a reader (or on a smartphone), it isn't counted as page views. And, well, getting page views is how I get paid for blogging. So if you read my blog on a reader - and I totally understand if you do, I use a reader too - it would be awesome if you would come to my actual blog site every couple of days and click through some posts just to ensure that your reading counts.Second, I've made a few changes to my blog's look and organized … [Read more...]

Help Send Sierra’s Mother Back to College!


You've all probably noticed that I link to Sierra's blog, The Phoenix and the Olive Branch, quite frequently. While I didn't know her before entering the blogging world, Sierra is more than just a fellow blogger to me. She's a friend. We've emailed back and forth, we're facebook friends, and we've actually met in real life. And on top of that, our current career paths are about as similar as our backgrounds. Well, Sierra's asking her readers for a helping hand, and I thought I'd bring her need … [Read more...]