CTBHHM: Disappointed Old Failures


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 58-59The title of this section is "Disappointed Old Failures," and it follows last week's section in threatening women with disaster and shipwreck if they fail to follow Debi's advice. Or, God's advice. Debi clearly thinks they're they same thing.Debi has three themes here. First, if a woman fails to be a proper help meet to your husband (or - God forbid! - fail to have a husband), she is failing in her purpose for existence, and she can never be … [Read more...]

More Chores for Men = Less Sex?


Honestly, I really think reading how the media reports academic studies is generally a bad idea. This is how you get headlines like this: It may be the 21st century, but a new study suggests sticking to old values may reap benefits — that is, if you like sex. (source)Want to have more sex? Men, stop helping with the chores. (source)Couples wanting to improve their sex lives may want to look at how they divide household chores, because men and women who follow traditional roles have sex m … [Read more...]

John Piper, Gender Roles, and Women in Combat

women in combat

In the wake of the decision to allow women to serve in combat positions, let's take a look at popular evangelical leader John Piper article on the subject, "Co-Ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice." If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly s … [Read more...]

The Biblical Case against Women in Combat?


As you probably know, the defense department has just moved to allow women in combat. This is a move that conservative evangelical leaders have been warning about for decades, and their reaction was predictable. Let's take a look at what conservative evangelical author, pastor, and Christian Patriarchy leader Douglas Wilson had to say. No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a … [Read more...]

Is Abortion a Tragedy?

abortion tragedy

I recently read a post about abortion written by progressive Christian Patheos blogger James McGrath. In it he said the following: So what is my view? I consider abortion a tragedy at any stage. But I do not consider it equally tragic indifferent of the stage at which it occurs. And I therefore consider it appropriate that the woman who is pregnant be the one to decide whether ending the pregnancy as early as possible is more or less tragic than the possible impact of not doing so. I do not thi … [Read more...]

Notes on Virginity: Idolizing My Inexperience


Elizabeth Esther has been writing some excellent pieces about the purity culture and virginity recently, and others have joined in. Obviously, I've written about this sort of thing a lot myself, but there was one thing in particular Elizabeth Esther's post got me thinking about, and that's just how much I was taught to prize my virginity, and not just my physical virginity but my relational and emotional virginity as well.By the time I was halfway through college, I hadn't so much as held ha … [Read more...]

A New York Times Op-Ed on Illegal Abortion


Last week the New York Times published an op-ed on the history and reality of illegal abortion. Here's an excerpt:Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly By KATE MANNINGWHY would a woman put a leech inside her body, in the most private of female places? Why would she put cayenne pepper there?Why might a woman swallow lye? Gunpowder? Why would a woman hit herself about the abdomen with a meat pulverizer? A brickbat? Throw herself down the stairs?Why would she syringe herself, int … [Read more...]