Lost and Found: A Friendship, a Shunning, and an Apology

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While I talk a lot about my background here on the blog, I generally maintain some level of distance. Today I want to narrow that distance by sharing an email from a young woman who was a good friend of mine growing up. We'll call her Kate. Her email reduced me to tears and reveals a lot about just how this sort of culture functions---and about how and why shunning occurs.Kate was a good bit younger than I but was one of my closest friends during my high school years. She was homeschooled … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part I: Introducing a Morality Tale

The Three Weavers

So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. As a teenager, my ideas about love and romance were actually influenced just as much by Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 purity morality tale, The Three Weavers, as they were by Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye. This was brought to mind recently by a series in which blogger Lana of Wide Open Ground has been running … [Read more...]

Selfishness and Detoxing after a Quiverfull Upbringing

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Reader Chrissy, who grew up in a large Quiverfull family, recently sent me an email with a question. I'm reprinting it here before adding my thoughts and opening the floor for input and discussion. I have a question for you, Libby, about something I have been pondering recently. It would seem that I am not a very helpful person. I rarely lend a hand unless there is something "in it for me". I am over-the-top helpful at my job, because I am invested in my paycheck and want to keep it coming. I … [Read more...]

Homeschooling under the Influence

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After I wrote my posts on academics and socialization, I realized that there is another way homeschooling affected my life---and it's no less significant. In fact, it's a whole lot more significant. Quite simply, homeschooling affected my life because it changed my parents. When I was born, my parents were fairly ordinary evangelical Christians. That didn't last. Their involvement in the homeschool movement introduced them to new ideas they had not before been exposed to---ideas put forward by … [Read more...]

Birth Control: The Movie

birth control the movie

Fred Clark has been writing a lot about evangelical Christians' growing opposition to birth control. Just five years ago it would have been unthinkable for American evangelicals to rally against contraception. Religious opposition to contraception was strictly a Catholic thing and evangelicals, as Protestants, did not accept the baroque theological arguments supporting that Catholic teaching.That has begun to change. White evangelicals have begun adopting Catholic language and Catholic … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Is Contraception “Emasculating”? Sean Responds

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A guest post by SeanHi everyone! This is Sean.Libby sent me a piece called "The Emasculating Effects of Modern Contraception." This is about husbands and fathers. Libby is neither, but she happens to know one pretty well – me!She was wondering what I thought - so here goes. First I'll start with an excerpt from the piece.The most recent discussion about “neutered men” brings to mind a casual conversation I took part in a few years back at a sporting event. A group of mothers was c … [Read more...]

Griego Family Likely Quiverfull

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There's something very odd about opening the news and seeing clips of information that make you realize you probably have a better understanding of the backdrop of a story than do the people reporting it....ten children......unregistered homeschoolers......Nehemiah ... Zephaniah ... Jael......prison ministry...Honestly, it's like having a checklist in my head. Check. Check. Check. Check.Yesterday tragedy visited the Griego family. Fifteen-year-old Nehemiah shot and killed … [Read more...]


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