Worthwhile Reads: An Eclectic Assortment

My time has been tight lately, which has cut into the time I spend reading other blogs. From time to time I try to peruse what I've missed, and this morning I noticed a number of posts on Homeschoolers Anonymous that I felt I should share.Make sure to click through! ---------------------------------------------Part of "That" World, by AbigailLook at this stuff Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my life’s purpose complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl The girl who has everyt … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Republican Party and Women

I know you're all tired of hearing about Todd Akin, and it's a bit of an old story by now. I think though that what sometimes got lost was that Akin's views were not, well, atypical for pro-lifers. While the Republican party sought to distance itself from Akin, this was in many ways simply an attempt to sacrifice a scapegoat rather than deal with its own problems - it's like when a herd of gazelles leaves one of its own behind to the hyenas, thus allowing the rest of the herd to escape. The … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Abortion and Pro-Life Groups

The articles collected here deal with abortion and pro-life groups. The first argues that rape exemptions are harmful because they serve to divide abortions into those that are "legitimate" and "not legitimate," or at least "acceptable" and "less acceptable." The second asks why pro-life groups aren't working to improve workplace rights for pregnant workers. The third discusses efforts to use the undercover techniques made famous by James O'Keefe and Lila Rose to investigate pro-life pregnancy … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Rape Roundup

In the midst of the whole Todd Akin induced furor over rape, several posts came to my attention that I wanted to highlight. The first reveals from personal experience that Akin's ideas about rape are not as uncommon as some would have us think. The second uses this as an opportunity to talk about how fundamentalists generally deal with rape. And the third discusses the conflation of rape and, well, sex, much like I did in my post on rape and premarital sex.A Rape Survivor's Story, on … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Politics and Lying

 It's long been a truism that politicians will say anything they have to to get elected. But it seems to me that this has been getting worse. It's no longer about promising the moon in return for someone's vote - it's about flat out bald lying. So, I thought I'd collect together a number of interesting pieces I've read on this issue in recent weeks, both about politicians lying and about the media lying. I'll finish by asking for your thoughts as to why this happens, and giving you … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: On Expectations

When I post a collection of blog posts and articles that I consider "worthwhile reads" I generally try to come up with a theme that unites them. These three posts all have this in common: They all deal with expectations. Danielle dissects an e-card on fathers and daughters, Haley explains that parenting is about being willing to let your children write their own lives, and Vjorak asks just what evangelicals and fundamentalists mean when they argue that Christianity has been "banned from the … [Read more...]