Raised Quiverfull: Libby Anne’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions 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 Libby Anne, a married graduate student in my mid-twenties with one child and a baby on the way. I’m still not completely sure what I want to do “when … [Read more...]


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Raised Quiverfull: Latebloomer’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. I’m in my thirties and have a young child that I now stay home with.  My husband and I consider ourselves extremely liberal Christians, but as … [Read more...]


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Does the Bible make people atheists?

I'm often confused by two assumptions I have heard many atheists make: first, that Christians don't actually read the Bible, and second, that if they did they couldn't help but see the inconsistencies and atrocities and become atheists. Why am I confused? First, because while I'm sure there are plenty of Christians who don't read the Bible, everyone in the evangelical community where I grew up read it on a daily basis, and not just the easier books like the Gospels. Second, because I read the … [Read more...]


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Latebloomer on “Bible Irony”

Latebloomer recently wrote about what she called "Bible Irony," and it made me think of my own experiences. As a fundamentalist Christian, I was absolutely certain that the Bible was the inspired word of God, the only reliable source of truth.  I believed that the Old Testament existed to point ahead to Jesus, and that the New Testament revealed salvation through Jesus' sacrifice.  Obviously, with such an important message, the New Testament must have had a beautiful, miraculous, clear, and q … [Read more...]


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Omniscience, the Trinity, and Free Will: Why I can’t believe

An Answers in Genesis article, "Was the Cross 'Plan B'?", poses the following question: Was Jesus's death on the Cross a result of God's best-laid plans gone wrong? Did human sin take God by surprise? Was there an emergency plan B forced upon the Creator of the universe after the Fall in Genesis? The article answers this question as follows: No, Jesus went to the Cross exactly as God had intended before the world began. ... Jesus is the very design and accomplishment of God's eternal wisdom. … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin, by Sierra of The Pheonix and Olive BranchSierra's post reminded me of my own post on the subject:Salvation Anxiety and the Unforgivable SinIf you grew up in a religious family, what were you taught about the unforgivable sin? I ask because what Sierra was taught about it is very different from what I was taught about it, and that makes me wonder just how many different interpretations pastors are out there teaching! … [Read more...]


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Raised Quiverfull: The Bible

How often did you, your siblings, and your parents read the Bible? Were you guided by your parents or pastors in how to interpret the Bible, especially certain passages, or were you generally free to form your own ideas about what the Bible said? Joe: Suffice it to say that I have read through the whole Bible about forty times.  We were required to read it daily after school. During the summer months, while on summer vacation, we had to read it every morning before breakfast.  Our i … [Read more...]


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