Introduce Yourself!


When I first started blogging, I never imagined I would end up creating a community. Most of my readers likely don't read the comments, but those who do read and engage here have created something beyond the blog itself. My comment sections have become a place of conversation and bonding, advice giving and camaraderie. If you're a regular here, or even if you're just a lurker, hop in and introduce yourself!And while you're at it, welcome our new mods, Petticoat Philosopher and AAAtheist! … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: What “Companionship” Means in Pearl World


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 279-80This passage is an interesting one---or at least, I found it so. Part of me wanted to like it, because Debi is talking about the importance of spouses being soul mates. But it seems our definition of "soul mates" differs, because what she describes is profoundly one-sided.She begins with a letter: When Two Become OneDear Friends in Christ,I am a minister. I recently listened to a tape a pastor recorded about a woman learning to honor and … [Read more...]

Do They Care about Women, or Simply Bashing Religion?

mad woman

Last week blogger Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism wrote for the Guardian about Richard Dawkins' sexist comments. The article was titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: Ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name.” Blogger Jerry Coyne of Why Evolution Is True was not pleased, and wrote a post titled "Adam Lee Has Lost It." My regulars will know that I don't usually dig into the issue of sexism in the atheist movement---largely because I don't really engage in the atheist movement---but given that I dippe … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Mangles Another Bible Character


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 277-279Today we get the rest of Sarah's story. In this section Debi reads into the Bible, urges abused women to blame themselves, and sees a Sarah I don't see. The Bible has lots of different stories that can be used to illustrate some really important points and themes (as with any body of mythology), but Debi seems bound and determined to take complex and interesting stories and make them two dimensional. While Abraham was learning to obey God, Sarah was … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Beautiful Sarah, and Abraham’s Lie

Abraham's lie

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 275-277This week we start a new chapter---"Heirs Together in the Grace of Life"---and we get another Bible story---Sarah. Are you ready? Sarah the Beautiful If I had been the one authorizing exceptions, I would have released Sarah from obeying her husband on at least two occasions, but I would have been wrong. Sarah chose to obey Abraham even when he lied and told her to lie because he was afraid of what could happen if the king knew she was his wife. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Explains Abigail


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 270-272This week we get to see Debi's treatment of David, Abigail, and Nabal. Abigail's StoryThe Scripture records one "exception" story, where a woman was forced by the law of the land and the preservation of her people to act contrary to her husband's will. It is the famous love story of David and Abigail. Actually, Esther also acted contrary to her husband's will to save her people. It's worth noting that there are other cases where women have acted … [Read more...]

“Women Have Always Fought”


If you're anything like me, you've been fascinated by the recent articles alleging that as many as half of all Viking warriors may have been women:Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender … [Read more...]