September 6, 2011

This post is in answer to the following questions: “Have any of your siblings left fundamentalism?” and “Has there been any spectrum of response from them to your choice of leaving the family’s religion?” When I began to question my parents’ views and my father’s authority, my parents were very upset with me and applied heavy doses of religious guilt and emotional manipulation as they worked to bring me back to the fold. The situation was not healthy, but there… Read more

September 5, 2011

On Saturday I had a post published on Butterflies and Wheels, so I thought I’d share it here as well. My goal was to explain some of this to people one the outside who aren’t familiar with Christian Patriarchy or Quiverfull. Deep within America, beyond your typical evangelicals and run of the mill fundamentalists, nurtured within the homeschool movement and growing by the day, are the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. This is where I grew up. I learned that… Read more

September 4, 2011

My parents always taught me that men and women were equal. Indeed, I was never made to feel inferior for being a woman. My parents taught me that men and women were different and had different roles to play, but that men and women and their roles were also equal and of equal worth. The male role is to provide for his family and protect them, to engage in politics and spiritual warfare, to have a career and make the decisions… Read more

September 3, 2011

I came upon this video today. You see the oldest daughter, Olivia? I was her, down to the old fashioned dresses and meticulously curled hair. Everything she said and did, I said and did. Just as she loves and glories in her role, so did I. And when I was twelve, I too had six younger siblings.   Read more

September 2, 2011

I would like to take a moment to solicit questions from my readers. Do you have any questions about how I grew up? Or maybe questions about atheism? Or is there perhaps something I’ve written about that hasn’t quite made sense to you, that you’d like me to explain further? Here’s your chance to ask away! Read more

September 1, 2011

My all time favorite Disney movie is Tangled. When I first watched it, I cried and cried. I couldn’t understand how anyone could produce a movie like this without knowing about the stay at home daughter movement, because in my eyes, that’s what this movie was about. Rapunzel has grown up in a tower, secluded from the world. She has now about to turn 18. The movie begins with Rapunzel’s routine housework, which sounds exactly like the life of a… Read more

August 31, 2011

Today, Young Mom wrote about how much more capable of caring for her children’s sleeping trouble since she has stopped expecting God to step in and put them back to sleep. This made me think about my upbringing, and about my parents’ approach to prayer, including with regards to issues of healing. My parents always prayed for healing when we were sick, and they believed that God could and did heal. However, they also gave us medicine. They didn’t simply… Read more

August 31, 2011

Not to get repetitive, but I thought I’d take a moment to plug the Rethinking Vision Forum website again. Things to note: Rethinking Vision Forum has surpassed 10,000 page views. When you search for “Vision Forum” in google, Rethinking Vision Forum is now at the bottom of the first page. It is in the middle of the second page when you do the same on Yahoo or Bing. Rethinking Vision Forum now has twenty pages and forty-nine posts, with content… Read more

August 30, 2011

On further reflection, I think I figured out why I was saddened by my class yesterday. For those of you who haven’t read my previous post, here it is in a nutshell: when the professor asked a class of twenty-five undergraduates what evangelicalism was, the words that ended up on the board were ones like “extreme” and “pushy,” not “Jesus,” “the Bible,” or “salvation.” I understand the negative public image of evangelicals, who yes, are often quite pushy and judgmental… Read more

August 29, 2011

To everyone who claims the label “evangelical,” I have something to tell you. You have a major public relations problem. I’m not sure what you’re doing wrong, but it really does look like you’re doing something wrong. Let me explain. When I grew up as an evangelical, I was taught that being an evangelical was about trusting Christ’s sacrifice for salvation, about helping others have conversion experiences and pray the sinners prayer, about reading the Bible, about having a relationship… Read more

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