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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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What You Need to Know About the Hidden Benefits (and Costs) of New Prenatal Tests

July 6, 2012 9:19 AM

At first blush, the news that scientists can diagnose thousands of genetic disorders in an unborn human baby looks incredible. Using a blood sample from the mother and saliva from the father, scientists at the University of Washington mapped...

Disability Is Beautiful: How the Gospel Changes the Way We See

June 18, 2012 9:02 AM

Rick Guidotti had been trained to see and capture a very particular standard of physical beauty. But walking down New York City’s Park Avenue one day, the fashion photographer spotted a girl with albinism. Though her fair skin and white...

Why Facebook Removed Photos of a Baby

May 25, 2012 8:45 AM

When Time’s July 2010 cover featured a portrait of a disfigured 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose and ears had been cut off by her Taliban husband, the magazine was awarded the World Press Photo organization's 2010 Photo of the Year....

Ian and Larissa: A Story of Choosing the Hard, Good Road

May 21, 2012 8:34 AM

They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old....

Dad-in-Chief: Parenting Lessons from Rick Santorum and President Obama

March 14, 2012 11:06 AM

When Sarah Palin first accepted the vice presidential nomination in 2008, I thought I should be excited that a fellow mother of a child with Down syndrome might sit in the White House. But my response to her candidacy was...

Perfection Obsession: What It Looks Like to Accept Limitations

November 7, 2011 2:39 PM

A Good and Perfect Gift, the memoir by fellow Her.meneutics writer Amy Julia Becker, is, on the surface, about a young, first-time mother learning to accept and embrace her daughter Penny’s Down syndrome diagnosis. Amy Julia’s beautiful and moving writing...

A Real Christian Education

October 26, 2011 9:06 AM

Our daughter Penny started kindergarten six weeks ago. At the end of her first day of school, she greeted me with, “Mom! I didn’t miss you!” She’s loved every moment since. I’m sure much of her experience is typical—she walks...

Is Your Church Open to Autism?

January 10, 2011 9:00 AM

It’s everywhere, bursting from our schools and neighborhoods and playgrounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 110 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. But with numbers like this,...

A Peter Singer Sympathizer Changes His Mind

December 7, 2010 9:56 AM

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the primary news source for university and college faculty and administrators, recently published a remarkable opinion essay by a University of North Florida English professor about life with his 10-year old son, a legally blind...

Parenting Imperfecta

July 26, 2010 9:45 AM

"World's Smallest Mother Risks Life for More Babies" blared the headline. Stacey Herald, whose 2-foot 4-inch stature qualifies her for the “smallest mom” superlative, recently gave birth to her third child. Despite significant health risks associated with pregnancy, Stacey and...

The Anti-Racist, Anti-Fear Gene

May 11, 2010 9:57 AM

Over the past month, NPR has addressed various aspects of Williams syndrome, a rare chromosomal condition in which a series of genes on one chromosome has been deleted. Williams syndrome (also Williams–Beuren syndrome, or WBS) is characterized by learning disabilities...

Get Your Free Human Eggs

March 24, 2010 8:40 AM

Imagine that you are a woman with an intractable medical problem. You awake each day desperate to find a way to live the life you have dreamed of. Your doctors have offered increasingly sophisticated, invasive, and expensive treatments, to no...

Finding the Right Words for Disability

March 18, 2010 3:03 PM

The word retarded has made the news lately. The Special Olympics designated March 3rd as a day of awareness about the hurtful and inappropriate ways that word is used. Before that, Sarah Palin excoriated Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s Chief of...

A New Frontier in Pro-Life Stem-Cell Research

February 18, 2010 9:24 AM

A team of researchers at Georgia’s health science university, the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), announced last week that they are conducting a clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical-cord blood as a treatment for cerebral palsy. The trial will...

Saving the Life of a Shaken Baby

February 5, 2010 8:47 AM

Justice is what love looks like in public, so says Princeton professor and pop philosopher Cornel West. When we think of justice though, we generally think of that which is found in courts or through political activism, or, failing these...

The Day We Let Our Son Live

November 2, 2009 4:28 PM

When it comes to the chance for those with genetic defects to live, the news has not been good on either side of the Atlantic. Last week’s Telegraph reported that of all women in the U.K. who find out through...


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