CTBHHM: The (Proxy) Bride of (an Abusive) Christ

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 124-127 A wise woman understands that her husband's need to be honored is not based on his performance, but on his nature and his God-ordained position. She learns quickly to defer to his ideas or plans with enthusaism. She looks for ways to reverence him. She knows this is God's will for her life. A while back I wrote about the pernicious problems with the Christian theological idea that the relationship between husband and wife was to be a sort of mirror of … [Read more...]

Bright Lights: A Recipe for Emotional Disaster

A good friend of mine and I have been talking lately about her concerns for her younger sister. Her sister is  a young teen, and her parents have started involving her in a group called "Bright Lights." I had never heard of this organization before, so I looked it up. Here is what I found: A young lady who is pure shines with a radiant brightness in this world of darkness. How can a girl stay physically and emotionally pure as she waits for God’s best in marriage? In other words, it is the ve … [Read more...]

When It’s Not Actually about Women’s Health

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Supposedly, conservatives believe in limited government. Supposedly, conservatives want to keep government bureaucrats out of the doctor-patient relationship. Supposedly, conservatives think that red tape limits business and gets in the way of free enterprise. Supposedly, conservatives oppose "nanny state" laws that infringe on individual choice. But when it comes to abortion, all of this goes out of the window. When it comes to abortion, conservatives forget all of the things they supposedly … [Read more...]

Homeschoolers and Socialization: What Is “Fringe”?

When I write about the socialization problems I experienced as a homeschooler, a common response from homeschool advocates is that my experience was just fringe---and that it doesn't in any way represent homeschoolers as a whole. This made me wonder: Just what is "fringe"?When it comes to socialization, HSLDA is still touting 1997 numbers showing that most homeschoolers are involved in a variety of outside activities, including things like 4H, bible club, and music classes. There is one part … [Read more...]

True Womanhood: Get Abused, Win a Crown!

Christian feminist blogger Caris Adel has been reviewing DeMoss and Kassian's bible study for women, True Woman 101 Divine Design, which is the same genre as Debi Pearl's Created To Be His Help Meet. When I write about Debi, I am often told that Debi is extreme, that her teachings are not widespread among evangelicals, etc. As DeMoss and Kassian reveal, however, this is incorrect. (You've heard of Kassian and DeMoss on this blog before, in a two-part guest series.) I want to quote from one s … [Read more...]

It’s about Compassion

Compassion. For me, being pro-choice is about having compassion. This is one thing my time spent volunteering as an escort at Planned Parenthood each week has really impressed on me. Every woman is an individual with her own story, and every woman deserves compassion and access to the tools she needs to build her life as best she can.The other week I stood by a car as a woman crouched behind it, begging for a way into the clinic that didn't involve having to walk by the yelling protesters. … [Read more...]

Judaism 101: Humans’ Nature and Sin

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As an evangelical Christian, I believed that infants were born with a sin nature. Even before they did anything wrong, they were already tainted with sin and already in need of forgiveness. In the Judaism 101 conversation about sin and forgiveness, one strand of the conversation spun off to discuss human nature, whether humans are born good or evil, and the nature of sin. Once again, reading what the panelists had to say I was struck by how different and distinct the Jewish view is from the … [Read more...]


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