I Hugged Dating Hello: An Open Letter to Joshua Harris

A guest series by Molly

In this engaging series of posts, Molly, a progressive Christians currently in seminary, composes an open letter to Joshua Harris, author of the enormously popular evangelical relationship manual, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Given the strong impact Harris’ book has had on evangelical youth and on the development of evangelicalism’s “purity culture,” Molly’s words are both well-timed and well worth a read.

Part I: Developing Relational Intimacies

Part II: Developing Spiritual Intimacy

Part III: Developing Emotional Intimacy

Part IV: Self-Care and Casting Out Fear

Part V: Developing Intellectual Intimacy


Molly grew up in southern Louisiana and, after spending college partially (emotionally and physically) frozen in Iowa, somehow ended up in seminary where she’s cuddling her inner demons by moonlight and wrestling her faith by daylight. She likes bellydance, historical combat, 80s cartoons, Pema Chodron, and wants to use her M.Div to found the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. She doesn’t have a blog yet, but maybe Libby will be generous enough to provide trackbacks when she does?

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