I Remember: AWANA

AWANA

When I was in kindergarten, someone invited my family to attend an AWANA program at a local church. I participated in AWANA for the next twelve years, memorizing hundreds and hundreds of Bible verses. I could write about AWANA for pages and pages, but this is just one post, so I'll try to hit some of the highlights.AWANA stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed," which, you guessed it, comes from the Bible: II Timothy 2:15 - "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Anne’s Story

Anne

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.I'm Anne (aka quicksilverqueen). I'm married to the most wonderful, loving guy anybody could ask for! I currently stay at home to take care … [Read more...]

Command v. Suggestion: “Wives, submit!” and “Husbands, love!”

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Any Christian Patriarchy advocate reading my post yesterday would surely have been shaking his or her head and saying "but it's all about servant leadership, not a dictatorship!" or "women may be commanded to submit to their husbands, but God also commands men to love their wives!" These are the two go-to excuses made by defenders of Christian Patriarchy, who argue that those men who are dictatorial and domineering simply aren't doing it right.I recently read a post on Sober Second Look cal … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Skarlet’s Story

Skarlet

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions 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.I’m Skarlet, I’m 23 and I’m married, and do not currently have any children. I’m finishing up my last two classes in order to graduate with my Bachel … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis: Are we more moral than God?

This week a read an article in Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine asserting that if you think God's cruel for sending people to eternal torture in hell, well, you just don't truly understand God's goodness (yes, yes that is indeed their argument), and a post by the Slacktivist in which muses that it must be awful to believe that God isn't as loving as you want him to be. Reading these two in tandem brought to mind the "wager" I created while exiting religion. So hang on to your seats as we set … [Read more...]

Theology 101: Reading the Bible “Literally”

I've been asked by several people in various comments or emails what fundamentalists and evangelicals mean when they speak of taking the Bible "literally." I'm going to take a moment to hash that out here.First off, I don't know a single fundamentalist or evangelical who takes Jesus' parables "literally." Similarly, none of them look at the Proverbs or Song of Solomon and take them "literally" either. Even the most fundamentalist fundamentalist understands that there are different genres, … [Read more...]

I Believed That Dinosaurs Still Existed…

The Friendly Atheist is shocked that some creationists use Nessie as proof of creationism. Just when you think you’ve heard it all.I want everyone reading this to take a moment to compose yourself.  This is going to be an extremely serious discussion topic.  Because the Fundamentalists have seized the Loch Ness Monster. … [Read more...]


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