September 28, 2011

I was taught by my parents that my goal in life should be to follow God. Except that I now realize that in practice what my parents really meant was that I should follow them. My parents were convinced that they had it all right. They had a direct line to God, and they had gotten the message from him loud and clear. God said not to date. God said not to use words like “dang” or “heck.” God said… Read more

September 25, 2011

Remember how I centered my story, The Beautiful Girlhood Doll, on Vision Forum’s qualities of beautiful girlhood? Well, I just today found out that Vision Forum also has a list of the qualities of courageous boyhood. Before I begin my side by side analysis of these qualities, can I say how much it bothers me that girls are to be “beautiful” while boys are to be “courageous?” Of course, when they speak of beauty they are speaking of the inside… Read more

September 24, 2011

Yesterday I posted about about purity balls, and pointed out that fathers should have nothing to do with their daughters’ virginity, unless they’re reverting to some sort of Old Testament “fathers own their daughters virginity and women are property” mentality. Since then I have watched this documentary and done some thinking. See, the argument is more sophisticated than “your virginity belongs to your father.” In the documentary, Randy Wilson of Generations of Light Ministry states that females will always seek… Read more

September 23, 2011

I just came across this: Golden Isles Father Daughter Purity Ball You really should go to the link and look at the pictures. Let me give you some examples below: Here’s the thing. I have nothing against a girl deciding not to have sex until marriage, but that needs to be her choice. It’s not her dad’s choice, not her pastor’s choice, not her mom’s choice, not anyone else’s choice. If a girl decides she wants to not have sex… Read more

September 23, 2011

I have noticed a worrying trend among some Christians. It is the turn away from evidentialist apologetics toward presuppositionalist apologetics. Evidentialism holds that belief should rest on evidence. Presuppositionalism holds that belief rests on presuppositions. Evidentialist apologetics attempts to bring converts by revealing the evidence behind Christianity. Evidentialists say that scientific evidence actually supports Young Earth Creationism, that archeology has proven the truth of the Bible, both new testament and old, and that the evidence for Christ’s historic existence is… Read more

September 22, 2011

Just had to share this extremely relevant cartoon: This is so true for so many homeschool families I have seen, including the one I grew up in. The parents step out against the flow of society, homeschooling, doing things differently, exercising their independence and autonomy, but they somehow can’t tolerate their children doing the same. “Get back in like with the rest!” they order any child who acts autonomously, embraces independence, and dares to be different from them. And they don’t even… Read more

September 21, 2011

Michael and Debi Pearl’s child rearing methods are not new, but are rather a return to ideas about children common in the earlier part of our nation’s history, as this story from the American Baptist Magazine illustrates.  In it, Francis Wayland has the same goals and uses the same reasoning, arguments, and methods as those put forward by Michael Pearl. The scenario Wayland describes is eerily similar to some of my own experiences growing up on the Pearls’ methods. WARNING:… Read more

September 21, 2011

I just ran across this quote by Kelly Bates on learning that she is expecting her nineteenth child: While some parents struggle with just a couple of kids, Kelly, 44, has spent almost half her life pregnant — and she’s happiest when she’s carrying a child. “It feels more normal to me to be pregnant than not be pregnant,” she told ABC’s Nightline. “I’m happy holding a baby.” This reminds me of a Michelle Duggar quote I ran across a few… Read more

September 20, 2011

I’ve been doing some thinking about Vision Forum lately, and I’ve realized something. Vision Forum is very frequently responding to the exact same problems that feminists and others in society also recognize. No one denies that our society still fixes problems. It’s just that while feminists and others like them seek to fix the problems by, well, fixing them, Vision Forum wants to fix the problems by turning back the clock to an idealized past that never existed. 1. Alcohol… Read more

September 20, 2011

Growing up, my parents received magazines and catalogs from Vision Forum, No Greater Joy, Above Rubies, Answers in Genesis, Focus on the Family, God’s World Publications, HSLDA, and more. I sometimes noticed that the various publications cross advertised, and sometimes even reprinted articles, but this video still surprised me. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised. It’s just that Answers in Genesis focuses specifically on Young Earth Creationism and is extremely popular in even mainstream evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity, so I… Read more

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