March 11, 2012

Joe of Incongruous Circumspection is starting a series reviewing and refuting Bill Gothard’s manual on how wives should meet their husbands’ “seven basic needs.” Sarah of Enigma, who was raised Quiverfull and has since left, writes about the pain she feels because a friend who grew up with her has cut her out of her life. She gave birth to a daughter this week; A little baby girl that I will never meet. She will never call me “Aunty” and I will never get to… Read more

March 11, 2012

I just read a post discussing the definition of “faith” at Camels with Hammers, and I realized something. By his definition, I don’t think I ever really had “faith.” Or if I did, not very much of it. Let me explain. Dictionary.com defines faith as “belief that is not based on proof.” Dan adds more detail, defining faith as follows: Faith is deliberately believing a proposition more strongly than evidence warrants (either when you think that the proposition is not strongly… Read more

March 10, 2012

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I’ve written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you’re a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.    I have long wondered why my transition to adulthood has been so difficult…. Read more

March 10, 2012

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I’ve written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you’re a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.    Growing up on Michael Pearl’s discipline teachings, James Dobson always seemed mild in… Read more

March 10, 2012

When I first became an atheist, I was more than a little bit timid. I was practically apologetic. I was painfully aware that I lived in a religious world surrounded by religious people, and that I was the aberration. I was content to just see things differently and keep my head down. Then I read Dawkins’ The God Delusion. This changed everything for me. Suddenly I no longer felt the need to apologize for my lack of belief. Suddenly I… Read more

March 9, 2012

I keep seeing calls for Kirk Cameron to take back his homophobic comments, and articles about how awful what he said was. I’m glad for the progress all this shows is being made in the advancement of LGBTQ rights, but I would like to add something as long as we’re calling for Kirk Cameron to repudiate things. I want to call on Kirk Cameron to cut his ties with Doug Phillips, the Christian Patriarchy leader who has proudly said: “Daughters… Read more

March 9, 2012

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I’ve written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you’re a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.    “I’m doing this for your own good.”  “Believe it or not, this hurts… Read more

March 9, 2012

Conservative Christian theologian John Piper recently weighed in on the rash of tornadoes that hit the Midwest and South last week. He had this to say: Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches? If God has a quarrel with America, wouldn’t Washington, D.C., or Las Vegas, or Minneapolis, or… Read more

March 8, 2012

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I’ve written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you’re a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.    As I remember it, my parents didn’t spank me all that often. When… Read more

March 8, 2012

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I’ve written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you’re a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.    I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point early on… Read more

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