Breaking: William Branham on the news

A friend just sent me a link to WHAS11 News, a Louisville program airing a special about William Branham and the Message of the Hour: 11 News @ 6pm: I-Team Investigates William Branham A Message-believing sect has also been accused of child abuse and molestation in Germany. Groups like Seek Ye the Truth are now [Read More...]

Christian Zionism and the Holocaust

My church was obsessed with Israel. [Read more...]

Homeschooling: The Ugly

I was homeschooled through high school. If I had been able to leave fundamentalism as a teenager, I believe I could have caught up on anything I missed within a year or two of going to public high school, perhaps more easily than I did in college. High school, in my opinion, is where academics [Read More...]

Homeschooling: The Bad

Having already covered what I think were the benefits of my homeschool education, now it’s time to look at some drawbacks. They probably aren’t what you think. The main problem I had with homeschooling was having no way to measure my own intelligence. It was easy for me to buy the line that I was [Read More...]

Homeschooling: The Good

I liked being homeschooled. To this day, I have no problem with it. Nonetheless, I will scrutinize my experience a little bit and discuss how I think things could have gone better. Hence splitting up the topic into good, bad and ugly, like I did with homemaking. Let me state up front, however, that I [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Ugly

In my previous two posts, I pointed out the advantages (an orderly house, fresh food, simple living) to the homemaking ideal sold by evangelical-fundamentalist organizations like Vision Forum, Above Rubies, and individuals like Mary Pride. I also demonstrated some of the ways the inflexibility of that ideal leads to pain, frustration, a sense of persistent [Read More...]

The Unforgivable Sin

Recently, someone stumbled upon my blog while googling this question: is the unforgivable sin abortion? I’d forgotten all about worrying about the unforgivable sin. For years, I was filled with anxiety that I might have accidentally “blasphemed the Holy Spirit” by saying something disrespectful, taking communion unworthily, harboring anger against my father, preferring outdoor activities [Read More...]

NY Times op-ed: Rethinking His Religion

It’s not quite breaking news, but I just came across this article in NY Times Sunday Review and thought it was worth sharing. It’s a great reminder of the snapshot view we get of our close acquaintances and how we can never quit predict who will have a change of heart about their deepest prejudices: Sunday Review: [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Bad

As I wrote in my previous post, the stress on the importance of homemaking in evangelical-fundamentalist culture can produce a really grounded, comforting and peaceful life. But at what cost does that comfort come? One of the main problems with the evangelical-fundamentalist value of homemaking is that it’s inextricably tied to femininity. To be a [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Good

A famous tagline from the film Paradise Recovered, uttered by skeptical hippie Gabriel, goes like this: The point on the ideological spectrum at which far-left bohemians and right-wing fundamentalists meet is a health food store. There’s really something to that. Homesteading, home birth, homeschooling, home-grown food, and homemaking are all crossover cultural practices that appeal [Read More...]


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