Review: Parenting Without God

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by M. Dolon Hickmon, author of '13:24- A Story of Faith and Obsession' cross posted from The Freethinker Parenting Without God by Dan Arel preaches to the choir of atheist parents Parenting Without God (2014, Dangerous Little Books) is the highly anticipated first book by Dan Arel, a secular firebrand best known for his science reporting and op-ed pieces on secular parenting, humanist values, and church/state separation. In addition to writing freelance for Alternet and The Huffington Post, Arel pens a regular column in American Atheists Magazine. Given the author’s reputation as a debater, one might expect Parenting Without God to offer a pointed critique of the Christian approach to pare … [Read more...]

Apostate: Thomas Aquinas Chapter 3

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundI am reading through Kevin Swanson’s latest book  Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West. The first man on Swanson’s list is St. Thomas Aquinas. Oh, yes, according to Swanson, Aquinas is an apostate who destroyed the Christian west. In fact, St. Thomas was the foundation of our western apostasy and the decline of the Christian west. Quoting Swanson, “If the foundation was compromised, the building was doomed from the start.” I agree that St. Thomas had a huge influence on the west, but if he wants to say Thomas destroyed the Christian west, Swanson would need a load of proof. His proof? Natural Revelation. Oh, yes. … [Read more...]

Apostate: Chapters 1 and 2

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground This series reviews Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. I will try to have one review out a weekend. See also my discussion of the Preface and Chapter 3. Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate devotes a separate chapter to different men that he believes destroyed the Christian west. However, before he discusses those men, he spends two chapters introducing the material. What initially struck me is that he repeatedly (as in dozens of times) refers to those who disagree with him as humanists without ever defining the word humanist or humanism. Instead of defining his term, Swanson spends time to mock humanists for Harry Potter, homosexuality, vampir … [Read more...]

Apostate: Preface

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground(Editor's note: Kevin Swanson is still promoting this book at least two or three times per broadcast nearly a year after publication. Wondering how the sales figures stack up against his other books. He's running it at half off right now.) I’m going to walk through the problems in several chapters in Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. So I’ll start with the preface and an introduction to the author. Kevin Swanson, who studied engineering in the university, is a homeschool dad who documents the breakdown of the Christian faith in the western world on his podcast Generation with Vision. On his podcast, he’s been mocking the bloggers and … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: The King Part 1

The King - sort of like King Joffrey from "Game of Thrones"

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideI hate this chapter.  All of it.  Hate.This deserves a trigger warning for abuse, abuse rationalization, and hideously bad grammar."Moral to the Story: The wife to a King must learn to serve him with honor.A Caution: Don't be offended by his lack of serving or helping you in the mundane things of life." Why shouldn't I be offended?  He's being an ass. "God the Father is dominant, sovereign, and in command.  He is the King of Kings.  He created a few men who are like him in this aspect; they are kingly men.  In my book Created To Be His Help Meet, I called them Command Men, because that is their most dominant feature. " The res … [Read more...]

Homeschool Sex Machine by Matthew Pierce

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground I recently read Homeschool Sex Machine: Babies, Bible Quiz, and the Clinton Years. Written by Matthew Pierce, a homeschool alumni who is preparing to homeschool his own children, this short book is one man’s memory of the more insaner aspects of the conservative Christian homeschool movement. When Matthew first emailed me about his book, I knew this was a book I should read. I am glad I did. Homeschool Sex Machine is short, well-written, and funny. I say funny. Some of the remarks Matthew heard from the adults in the homeschool or fundamentalist Christian is not really funny. But Matthew managed to pull it off where I could laugh at … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Discretion and the Jewel in the Pig’s Nose

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 188—189Here we begin the chapter titled “To Be Discreet.” Debi of course starts by quoting Titus 2 once again, given that she is going through it’s pieces one by one and the phrase “that they may teach the young women . . . to be discreet” is the subject of this chapter. She then defines “to be discreet”:To be discreet: Prudent; wise in avoiding error and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect, courteous, polite, honest dealings.There’s nothing terribly wrong with that. Now, though, I’m bracing myself for Debi’s spin on it, because Debi so very frequently take … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: Mel’s Interjection on Traits of Narcissists

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideI hate a few chapters of Debi's book.  The Kingly Man Chapter is one of them.  It's so incredibly toxic.  The whole chapter is essentially an apologia for narcissistic men and an instruction manual for how to be an enabler instead of a wife. To counter-balance some of the toxicity, I read the book "The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists" by Eleanor Payson. This book helped me clarify some of the traits in Michael Pearl that are unhealthy and also recognize Debi as a covert narcissist as well.  I'll be referring back to the book throughout the King Chapter, but also later in the book since I think we can determine some inter … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: The Priest Part 2

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideIn this installment, Debi struggles to create 'down sides' for the Steady/Priestly Man.  She manages to find one problem that might cause actual problems and makes-up three others that are really tame compared to the hell of being married to a Prophet or a King.Oh, but Debi does figure out how to rag on women. … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: The Prophet: Part 4c

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideFinally, at long last, Debi graces us with actual tips on how to live with a Prophet/Visionary man."If you marry a Visionary Man, learn to enjoy the trip, for if he ever makes a better light bulb, he will want you to be the one who turns it on for the first time in public.  It will be your face he looks into to see the marvel of what a great thing he has done.  You are his most important fan.  When you know your man really needs you, you can be happy with just about anything."Start taking acting classes, ladies!  Remember, you need to look enthusiastic even if the invention/idea is absolutely awful.  If you keep acting lo … [Read more...]


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