Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 2: Waiting and Hoping

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A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here.   Now that I had given up on being anything but what my parents wanted from me, I began to gain some … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 1: Listen for the Singing

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A Guest Post by Melissa Originally posted on Permission to Live Note: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa.  For all the posts in this series, click here.   I begged my Mom to let me go to high school when I was 14. She was shocked by my request. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Political Reach of Gothard

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A Guest Post by Jeri Loftland Originally posted on Heresy in the Heartland Note: Bill Gothard is the founder of the Institute for Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute and has been an influential figure in the Christian homeschooling world for decades. You can read the writings of those who were raised on his teachings and have since walked away from them at Recovering Grace. My parents were not hardcore Gothard followers, but I (Libby Anne) had friends who were heavily … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Allowing the Devil To Undress You: The Slut-Shaming of a Former Homeschooler

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A Guest Post by Ryan Stollar Originally posted on Homeschoolers Anonymous A disgrace. A destructive force against families. Homeschool dropout. A rat turd. These are but a number of phrases used on HSLDA’s Facebook page in reference to Teresa Scanlan, a former homeschooler attending Patrick Henry College. These are not phrases used by HSLDA; in fact, HSLDA has championed Teresa as a homeschool success story. But these phrases are also not coming from anti-homeschoolers or … [Read more...]

Guest Post: “You Are Not Your Own”: Unmarried Women Belong To Their Parents?

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A Guest Post by Sarah Moon Originally posted on Sarah over the Moon, an awesome blog full of feminist analysis of evangelical culture ***Trigger Warning for rape, sexual assault*** In case you haven’t been following my You Are Not Your Own series (you can catch up here), I analyzed four Christian dating books (Real Marriage, When God Writes Your Love Story, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Dateable) and I came up with four significant findings related to the area of rape and sexual … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Methodological Problems with Brian Ray’s Study on Youth and Religion

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A Guest Post by Apodosis  Libby Anne posted recently about a new survey conducted by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, a non-profit which conducts studies of questionable scientific validity on homeschooling. As a Ph.D. social scientist myself, I looked over the new survey with a critical eye and I'm sorry to say there won't be much useable data gleaned from it because it is rife with methodological problems. The survey has over 100 questions and nearly every … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Exodus International and a Millenial Marketing Blitz

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A guest post by Sarah Jones. (Libby Anne's commentary: I was in the middle of a project when Alan Chambers issued his apology to the LGBTQ community and announced that Exodus International would be closing down, so I didn't end up blogging about it, though I wanted to. When I read Sarah Jones' discussion of the issue, I found that she verbalized some of, and did so better than I could have had I tried. With her permission, I am reposting her thoughts, which originally appeared on her … [Read more...]


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