Saved By Being Right: Christianity and Dogmatism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIn the Christian group I belonged to in college, we believed we had all the answers.Other Christians might differ from us in doctrine, but we knew the truth, straight from the Bible. "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it," we would say.  We even knew why everyone didn't see things the same way we did.  They were deceived.  Or they were "in compromise" with sin and were trying to justify themselves.  Or they were "lukewarm" and just didn't want to "pay the price" to really "press forward in the things of God." … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Embracing Your Womb & Breasts?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - The Blessing of Your WombEditor's note:  I believe that Nancy sometimes recycles posts from years before. I swear I have seen this word for word last year. Plus she doubles down on her ridiculous assertion that 'Woman' comes from 'Womb Man' - which is not true. I'm guessing she's all about blaming any woman who's womb doesn't work right.  Yeah, yeah, we get it Nancy, we should worship our wombs because without them we couldn't fulfill your own personal mandate of growing enough babies to field our own personal sports team. … [Read more...]

My Heart Breaks for Micah … and Bethany

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog Sketches by BozeOne afternoon in the fall of 2007 I walked over and sat down across from Bethany in the Southwestern Commons. I had a dazed look on my face.“Were you just talking to Micah Moore?” she asked me.I nodded. “How do you know Micah?”“He’s in my Reel Jews class. What did y’all talk about?”“He did most of the talking,” I said, in a perplexed voice. “He told me about Jesus.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Compare Yourself to the ‘UnGodly’?

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by Lisa Hallahan from A Lovely Calling - When You Become Jealous of the WorldEditor's note: I will agree with the author on one thing. Comparing or measuring yourself against others is a miserable way to live and you can never measure up to everyone. Be yourself and be happy in it. But, all this putting down of those that do not live exactly like them is one of the most hateful things in fundamentalism and evangelical Christianity. Love yourself, be yourself and extend that same freedom to everyone else.  Living in a emotional place where you don't have to judge everyone is also very freeing. … [Read more...]

Considering the World

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by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha WilliamsHere we are, on our way home from Hannibal, Missouri, the childhood home of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and the office of a lovely oral surgeon who was good enough to remove my eldest child’s wisdom teeth from her small, crowded mouth so that her braces might be more effective in correcting her teeth. Little of that is relevant to this blogpost, but since when have I limited myself to the relevant? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Listening To Your Wife

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: He needs her prayers because she is a weaker vessel? That doesn't even make any sort of sense at all. And they have safety deposit boxes in heaven that require two keys just like here on earth? Sometimes I wonder what Michael is growing on that farm of his. … [Read more...]

Repentance and Transformation as a Progressive Christian

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I read two articles today that helped me crystallize something that I’ve been struggling to articulate to myself. Handsome and I have had a few into-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning conversations about “but what does it mean to be a Christian? What’s the point?” I’ve taken a radical departure from “being a Christian means you get to go to heaven when you die,” and yet I haven’t been able to put into words what I’ve replaced it with, especially since I came to the realization recently that nothing about my life would significantly change if I stopped believing in Jesus as God. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Listening To Your Wife

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: This reads like his idea of a wife supporting a husband's vision is part cheerleader/part support staff … [Read more...]

The Deliberate Spread of Misinformation

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist In Spite of ThemWhen my siblings and I were children, my parents deliberately misinformed us about the world. I am still not sure what the overall goal was. Some of it makes sense. The ideological nonsense that contributed to psychological control makes sense, such as the misinformation about lust, reproduction, and consequences, but some of it really doesn't make sense. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 Listening To Your Wife?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - I Need Her Counsel and JudgementEditor's note: Ugh, he links praising your wife for her good judgement to having sex more often. It really is all about sex with Mr. Pearl. Plus in this last bit Michael Pearl claims he softened the hard edges of Debi's books! What softening? I would hate to see the first drafts if they were any harsher and condemning considering Debi does shaming and blaming all too well in her books. … [Read more...]


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