A Welcome for New Readers


Monday's post on losing faith in the pro-life movement went viral, so I'd like to give a little bit of orientation for new readers. First of all, if you're new here, welcome! If you read my post and are at all confused about where I now stand on the abortion issue, take a look at my page on women's reproductive rights. Next, I would encourage you to read my "about" page.As a brief introduction, I was raised in a large homeschooling family influenced by the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflections Call Out

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If you have ever been a homeschooler, I want your story.Any discussion of homeschooling seems to become extremely polarized* almost inevitably. When I was a child, I only ever heard good things about homeschooling - and my parents and the other parents around them would not consider that there could be any downsides or drawbacks to homeschooling. At the same time, there are also those who are opposed to homeschooling who refuse to consider that there could be any positive aspects to … [Read more...]

About Twitter and Worthwhile Reads


First of all, I'm on twitter. So if you're on twitter, follow me!Second, while I am still doing "Worthwhile Reads" posts from time to time - especially when I find articles that share a specific theme - I've been looking for another way to highlight posts I find and like on other blogs. See, I keep saving blog posts to my pocket saying "cool, I have to share that on my blog" and then, well, never sharing it.I think I've found a solution. I have installed a widget on the sidebar of my … [Read more...]

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...]