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The Christianity Today women’s blog provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.

Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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The Religion of The Bachelorette and Reality TV: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

July 23, 2012 8:40 AM

Bachelorette Emily Maynard chose her man in last night’s finale of the popular reality television show. Millions of viewers wanting a beautiful love story watched the season in which 25 eligible men wined, dined, and romanced Maynard who, interestingly,...

Why Jesus Isn't Your Boyfriend: A Critique of Dating God

June 25, 2012 9:39 AM

It’s no secret that marriage is on the decline in the United States. The most recent Census revealed that 32 million Americans are now in single households, and that married people are no longer the majority. Some are single by...

Marriage: Creating a Partnership, Not Reeling in a Catch

January 27, 2012 11:21 AM

To all the single ladies: Last week Groupon offered a ticket to lasting love (at a 76% discount!) by way of your own personal “boudoir photo shoot.” The ad proclaims: The great Romantic painters had the same goal—to craft an...

Real Women Don't Text Back: How Women Fuel the Man-Boy Problem

January 25, 2012 11:24 AM

“Wanna grab a burrito 2nite?” The melody of the Atlanta symphony’s instruments flowed through the auditorium. I didn’t have high expectations for dating at 23, but a text containing the word burrito wasn’t exactly what I had in mind (and...

How to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Christian

August 24, 2011 8:32 AM

What do you do if you’re engaged but have serious misgivings about your decision, red flags popping up left and right? Do you a) get married, since you’ve set a date, sent out the invitations, spent a boatload of money,...

Christian Dating Do-Over

February 18, 2011 10:14 AM

I work with Christian college students who are in the throes of dating or of wanting to be dating. Nearly every week during the school year, I am asked questions (mostly by ladies) about the ins-and-outs of the dating process....

Are Single Women Too Picky?

February 4, 2011 11:16 AM

Are single women single because they are too picky? Lori Gottlieb argues this is precisely the case, and she uses herself as the prime example. When asked to list the qualities she wants in a husband, the then-41-year-old journalist came...

The Virgins-Only Dating Website

January 12, 2011 10:00 AM

Fewer and fewer Americans are getting married. Those who do are, on average, waiting longer to wed than have previous generations. But according to Time's "Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution," women and men still want to meet and build...

Virtual Flirting Comes to Christian Colleges

December 8, 2010 9:14 AM

A few weeks ago, a student at Cedarville University tipped me off to the latest craze to hit college campuses: She only half-jokingly ended her e-mail to me with the warning to “creep with care.” LikeaLittle is a new...

Avoiding Old Flames on Facebook

August 30, 2010 9:40 AM

Toward the end of spring semester, I set a box labeled “I Always Wanted to Ask” on the table at the front of my class. I invited students to write down lingering questions about sex and gender, the subject of...

Seeking a Spouse? Lighten Up

August 2, 2010 4:22 PM

If a recent New York Times piece is to be believed, the latest trend in dating is a spin on the calling card, delivered to attractive strangers, with instructions on where to find the bearer online. Religious communities have often...

Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth

February 16, 2010 9:21 AM

When I picked up the Style section of The New York Times last Sunday, I was excited to see the front-page feature, “The New Math on Campus,” a look at how the gender imbalance on college campuses (60 percent...

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I Don't Want a Match

December 31, 2009 3:55 PM

It wasn’t until I read Cathy Lynn Grossman's USA Today blog post Tuesday that I knew there was a word for them: Yentas, the people (usually women) in your life who pry about your love life (or the absence thereof)...

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

September 23, 2009 9:05 AM

If you thought navigating the 20-something dating and marriage scene wasn’t complicated enough, former President Bush speechwriter and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson just put his oar in. In an argument similar to Mark Regnerus’s cover story in the August...

Harry Potter and the Vampire Battle

July 15, 2009 11:27 AM

No, I'm not talking about Severus Snape and his vampiric qualities. Last night's midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest installment in the blockbuster book-movie franchise, brought with it comparisons to another teen fantasy phenomenon, Stephenie...

Never Been Kissed

May 11, 2009 9:23 AM

It turns out that Susan Boyle has been kissed. But her earlier claim that she hadn't was met with disbelief. So, too, are pre-20th century European mores, when premarital kissing was forbidden. Can you think of a recent historical movie...

eHarmony Launches Gay Dating Site

March 31, 2009 2:32 PM

Online dating site eHarmony launched a version of its match-making service for homosexual couples Tuesday in response to a settlement late last year. The company agreed to launch Compatible Partners after a user had filed a complaint against eHarmony, citing...


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