The Three Weavers, part V: The Princes Come Riding

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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. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part IV: The Girls Weave On

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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. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Don’t Take Your Mr. Steady for Granted

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 86-92 God is as steady as an eternal rock, caring, providing, and faithful, like a priest---like Jesus Christ. Debi says Mr. Command Man is like God the Father, Mr. Visionary is like the Holy Spirit, and Mr. Steady is like Jesus. She does not cite any Bible verses as proof, or discuss how she formulated this idea. She just asserts it.I wrote last week that my husband Sean fits Debi's definition of a Visionary Man perfectly. Well, I recognized Debi's Mr. … [Read more...]

Image, Counter Image: The Facebook Meme War

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I'm sure lots of you have noticed the recent facebook profile picture trend in favor of marriage equality, especially the use of the now ubiquitous red square with a pink equal sign. You may also have noticed conservatives changing their profile pictures in opposition. I want to take a moment to look at a few of those.The first category were profile pictures that sought to respond directly to the equality message---sometimes really directly.This seems . . . I don't know, really blunt … [Read more...]

Quoting Rushdoony Just Seems Like a Really Bad Idea

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Not surprisingly, Kelly Reins Ladies against Feminism has put up a collection of links on gay marriage. They've called their link list "Cranial Dominionism: Defining What We Think about . . . Defending Biblical Marriage." In it they offer links and quotes from such standard evangelical luminaries as John Piper and Ken Ham. Most of it is standard fare, repeating the evangelical line on homosexuality and marriage equality, as is to be expected. But I also noticed something . . . odd. Kelly quotes … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, Part III: The Fathers’ Advice

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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. In part I of this series I gave some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers. In part II, I posted the first part of the story, in which three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, had three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, a … [Read more...]

A Mommy and a Daddy: Evangelicals, Antifeminism, and Marriage Equality

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This may sound odd, but I don't think you can fully understand evangelicals' opposition to marriage equality without also understanding their antifeminism.Evangelicals believe that women are inherently more nurturing while men are inherently more aggressive. They believe that God intended the wife to be the heart of the family and home life and the husband to be the protector, provider, and the family's interface with the public sphere. And of course, evangelicals belief that fathers and … [Read more...]


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