Raised Evangelical: Jenn’s Story


A post in the Raised Evangelical series. Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Jenn and I am 40 years old and married with no children.I was raised in what I considered a very religious family.  My parents converted from Baptist to Evangelical not long after I was born and I was the only child brought up wholly Evangelical.  I was very dedicated to … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Chryssie’s Story


A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.In an effort to be anonymous, I’ll go by Chryssie, and I am 21. I am the oldest of 9; 5 boys and 4 girls. I recently got married as of May, … [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? … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Angie’s Story


A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.I am Angie, a 24-year-old recent college graduate who is married. When I was around 5 years old my mom and dad became involved in the Church of God denomination; they became more and more involved as I grew up and my father served as youth pastor to our church during my teen y … [Read more...]

“Suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man”

Women's ROle

The Friendly Atheist recently posted an the results of a survey on women in the church, and was shocked to find that some churches don't allow women to teach men. Frankly, I was surprised that the number was so low - only 3%. Because, well, growing up that was just how things were.I remember that there was a woman who wanted to teach my high school AWANA group at a fundamentalist church across town. Thing is, there were, well, teenage boys in the class. The elders had to discuss whether it … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

worthwhile reads

In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]

The Mark of the Beast

mark of the beast

Evangelicals in a school district in Louisiana are objecting to a palm scanner that kids could use to pay for their lunches, thus eliminating the need for lunch money. Why? Because it sounds too similar to "the mark of the beast." “As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” said Sonnier. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.” For those not familiar with evangelicalism, the mark of the beast is par … [Read more...]