Worthwhile Reads: It’s Patriarchy, Not Complementarianism

I just read a very interesting article called It's Not Complementarianism, it's Patriarchy, by Rachel Held Evans. Here are a couple excerpts: Complementarians are losing ground. And they’re losing ground for several reasons:1. They are losing ground because more and more evangelical theologians, scholars, professors, and pastors are thoughtfully debunking a complementarian interpretation of Scripture.2. They are losing ground because their rhetoric consistently reflects a commitment to a … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Older Quiverfull Daughters and Parenting

Quiverfull ideology states that older daughters learn the skills they will need to be a mother by practicing on their younger siblings. By essentially "raising" a handful of children while in high school, older quiverfull daughters prepare themselves for their own roles as mothers. A growing number of articles by women who grew up as older daughters in quiverfull families is challenging this idea.Preparing for Marriage and Kids, by LisaThe Fun Mom, by MelissaDiapers, Crowd Control, … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Reconstruction and Secularist “Religion”

I was delighted to see two recent excellent articles by two of my favorite scholars, so I thought I'd share.Kirk Cameron's Growing Circle of Reconstrucitonist Friends, by Julie IngersollBehind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism, by Rick Perlstein … [Read more...]

Our own Melissa is on Jezebel!

Jezebel just put up an article called "What Happens When a Quiverfull Dad Becomes a Woman?" And what do you know? It's about our own dear Melissa! Someone was reading her series, Unwrapping the Onion, it seems. Here's the best quote: Melissa was over dudes, Melissa's husband was over being a dude, the church was over both of them, and they were over the church. And while we're at it, both Joe and Lisa have also blogged about Melissa's series. … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Men of Christian Patriarchy

It seems so often that what is written about Christian Patriarchy focuses on the women, being both written by women and written about the problems this ideology and lifestyle brings to women. (Lisa of Broken Daughters wrote a post recently hypothesizing on why that might be.) Today I want to point you to a couple of posts looking at the male perspective and the male experience.For Christian Patriarchy's effects on men, see Complementarian Teachings Hurt Men Too, by Darcy of Darcy's Heart … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Bill Gothard, ATI, and Sexual Abuse

Recovering Grace has been doing a series on sexual abuse. Most of the stories involve ATI families, but some even involve Bill Gothard himself:Exploited Innocence: Sexual Harassment at HQSexual Harassment Part 2: "Aren't you making too big an issue of this?"A Difficult JourneyIt's All My FaultWithout an Umbrella in a Broken SystemChoosing Both Forgiveness and ProsecutionNote: For those of you who may not know, Bill Gothard runs the Institute for Basic Life Principles ( … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Psychology of God

Tanya Luhrman, a Stanford anthropology professor is researching how Christians train themselves to converse with God through prayer. The entire article is worth a read, but I thought I'd offer an excerpt: To understand how this deep prayer changes the mind, Luhrmann created an experiment during which she separated some people into a prayer group or a Bible study group. Members of each group were given an iPod. The prayer group's playlist consisted of Scripture readings, followed by questions … [Read more...]


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