Raised Evangelical: Kacy’s Story

“I was raised an Evangelical Baptist in the “Bible Belt.” The church we attended was affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It was a mega-Church and the culture can be described as Evangelical. In high school and college I went through a questioning and discovery period, eventually becoming Conservative Catholic towards the end of my senior year of college. As a young adult my questioning continued, and although I still consider myself Catholic, faith I no longer hold orthodox beliefs or participate in the Church sacraments.” Read more

Purity Rings: Kristi’s Story

“I didn’t know about purity rings until I was about 12 and attending an anti-abortion protest with my church. A young woman stood at the microphone and told the emotional story of how she was given a purity ring by her father and what it meant to her to remain “pure” until marriage. I was captivated. I’d heard the horror stories of STDs in my health classes, I knew I didn’t want a baby until I was married, so I figured I’d take a purity pledge myself and asked my parents if I could get a ring too.” Read more

The Purity Culture and “Sex Is Beautiful”

Did you know that Michael Pearl wrote a book called “Holy Sex”? Lots of evangelicals and fundamentalists who have hopped on the sex bandwagon. They see themselves as “sex positive” and believe that it is depraved modern culture that is actually “sex negative.” And it’s true that I was taught to view sex as a beautiful, sacred thing (within marriage) and that I was taught that once married I would find sex so pleasurable and amazing that it would be well worth the wait. But. These rosy ideas have a dark underbelly. Read more

CTBHHM: Michael Pearl’s Stamp of Approval

When evangelical or fundamentalist women like Debi Pearl write marriage advice manuals for good Christian women, they have a problem. They’re female. How do they solve this problem? Actually, they’ve developed a fairly simple solution. Read more

Wearing Your Virginity on Your Sleeve

A Fox News opinion piece written by a man who “did things right” once again reveals evangelicals’ obsession with sex. Why do they seem to care more about the status a one’s genitals than whether one cares for the sick or spends time in prayer? Read more

About Twitter and Worthwhile Reads

Hey everyone, I’m on twitter! I’ve also found a new way to share interesting articles with my readers. Click to find out! Read more

WWJD Bracelets, Veggie Tales, and Evangelical Culture

One thing about being evangelical was that you didn’t believe in any of those sacred objects or rituals that Catholics did. Evangelicalism was all about faith. Sort of. See, just because we didn’t believe in actual sacred objects or rituals didn’t mean we didn’t actually have objects or rituals. Have you ever been in a Christian bookstore? Have you ever worn a WWJD bracelet? Have you ever listened to Christian contemporary music? Have you ever played the Bible edition of Apples to Apples? Evangelicalism is a culture, not just a set of beliefs. Read more

Shall I review Created to Be His Helpmeet?

I have recently started reading Fred Clark’s reviews of Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series on his blog, The Slacktivist, which has put the idea of reviewing Created to Be His Help Meet in my mind. Basically, Fred is going through the Left Behind books slowly, a few pages a post, and posts once a week. What I really like about his reviews is that they are both highly analytical – pointing out severe problems with the theology, worldview, and text itself – and rather humorous. I would like to do the same for Created to Be His Help Meet. Read more

Things are different here: “Back Talk” and Healing

But mostly we talked about back talk. You know, where you try to explain what happened and then, rather than listening to you, the response you get is “that’ll be three more spanks, and for every additional word you say, I’ll add another spank.” That feeling like you’re being smothered. The rage rising inside, threatening to overwhelm you until you begin to feel nauseous. The moment when you realize that what hurts is not so much that they don’t understand as that they don’t want to understand. That you matter that little. Read more

“It’s just common sense” versus “Victim blaming”

Rape culture means that a woman who doesn’t take all of those supposed “precautions” and ends up raped can end up blaming herself for what she did wrong. It also means that men can end up viewing a girl who is dressed provocatively and drinking too much as, well, “asking for it” and therefore fair game. And it means that society, yes, can talk about things like “legitimate” rape. And you know what else? It means that the emphasis is taken off of consent and placed instead on what a woman has to do in order to avoid being raped. Read more

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