Raised Evangelical: Julie’s Story

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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.Hi, my name is Julie. I’m twenty years old. I was brought up with a mixture of evangelical and fundamentalist beliefs. I am the middle child in a family of ten kids, though we were not Quiverfull, my dad just wanted a large family. I was a Christian until I was eighteen and then I drift … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Lina’s Story

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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.I’m Lina, and I’m everywhere I thought I wouldn’t be. I grew up as a homeschooled pastor’s daughter, firmly on the side of the religious right, and am now vastly more liberal and married to a girl, V. College is really where things changed for me; I went to a conservative Christian scho … [Read more...]

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

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UPDATE: Welcome readers from facebook and elsewhere! Please subscribe through the buttons at the right if you enjoy this post.The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university's Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. This is my story.I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Matthias’ Story

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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.I am a 23 year old male currently residing in the “bible belt”. I grew up in a conservative Christian family and church in Colorado and experienced a falling away during and shortly after college. I currently consider myself somewhat of a progressive Christian or “spiritual refugee”. I … [Read more...]

What I Learned from Joshua Harris

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With his books I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl, Joshua Harris singlehandedly made the word "courtship" popular in mainstream evangelical circles. Yesterday I responded to a post another blogger wrote about what she learned from Joshua Harris. Today I'm following up by discussing what I learned from Joshua Harris. I don't own a copy of Harris' book at the moment, but given that this post is about the messages his book gave me at the time, not simply a review of his book, I think that's … [Read more...]

Do Joshua Harris’s Books Contain “Valuable Advice”?

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Several weeks ago I had a twitter exchange with fellow blogger Dianna Anderson:After this exchange, Jessica of Faith Permeating Life, a blogger who defines herself as a Christian feminist, took issue with Dianna and my statements. She responded with a post called  "What I Learned from Joshua Harris" in which she argued that Harris' books taught her many valuable things, and stated that she continues to recommend them to Christian couples. In this blog post I'm going to respond to J … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Rebekka’s Story

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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 Rebekka, I’m in my mid-twenties, and from Denmark. I grew up in an evangelical family, started questioning Christianity at 15. Islam gave an answer to many of my issues with Christianity, so I converted to Islam at 21. After 1½ years as Muslim new issues arose. I continued to … [Read more...]


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