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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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Questioning Scientology amid Katie Holmes's Divorce from Tom Cruise

July 9, 2012 9:36 AM

It’s hard to explain why I have always liked Tom Cruise. His heartthrob years were a little before my time (not that the 50-year-old actor is unattractive now—have you seen Rock of Ages?), I had loved his ex-wife Nicole Kidman...

What Christians Can Learn from the Legacy of Nora Ephron

June 28, 2012 10:10 AM

I first introduced my husband to one of my all-time favorite films one hot August night in Belize. An unlikely introduction, but we were staying in a hotel whose only air-conditioned area was the media room. I was on what...

The Power of Choice in 'Downton Abbey'

February 8, 2012 10:22 AM

On the last episode of the wildly popular PBS drama Downton Abbey, one character tells another: "You've broken the rules, my girl, and it's no use pretending they're easily mended." The popular British import, set in World War I, portrays...

The 99 Problems with Jay-Z’s Use of “B----”

January 31, 2012 8:43 AM

When Jay-Z and wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, into the world on January 7, Jay-Z joined the ranks of hip-hop dads that include T.I. and Fat Joe. Just two days after Blue Ivy’s arrival, the...

Why Singles Need Married Friends

September 13, 2011 8:33 AM

I breathed a sigh of relief upon finding out the rumors of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's separation were false. In Touch magazine first reported the couple’s split, after 13 years of marriage. Rumors of infidelity quickly followed, and...

Beyonce Is Wrong: Girls Don't Run the World

June 28, 2011 8:57 AM

According to the first single from Beyonce’s highly anticipated album 4, girls indeed run the world. Thanks to her musical contribution to First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" campaign, her recent Billboard Millennium Award, and surprise farewell performance to honor...

Lady Gaga: Where's the Outrage?

May 17, 2011 10:15 AM

During her appearance on American Idol last week, Lady Gaga told the audience, without being prompted, that she wasn’t interested in judging the contestants, only in bringing out what was special about each of them. “I want to free [my...

The Happy Death of Soap Operas

May 10, 2011 9:23 AM

When, last month, ABC executives announced the cancellation of two of their network’s soap operas, devout fans of All My Children and One Life to Live panicked. They signed petitions and threatened to boycott ABC if the decision was not...

The Charlie Sheen Has Worn Off

March 11, 2011 11:15 AM

For the past few months, Charlie Sheen has given our distraction-hungry culture a particularly delectable snack. “Hey look over here!” he grins. His grandiose, self-delusional bragging, his unapologetic hedonism, and his remarkable ability — whether it’s a result of mental...

The Social Network's Women Problem

February 25, 2011 10:25 AM

The Social Network is a Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and one of the most acclaimed films of 2010. The story of how Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook is a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar this Sunday night, and...

Friday Night Lights' Shining Female Lead

November 3, 2010 11:40 AM

Whenever I encourage someone to watch Friday Night Lights — which happens often, as I’m quite evangelistic about my TV shows — the response is always the same: “But that’s a football show.” For most shows, I would leave it...

Why Sex Ruins TV Romances

October 26, 2010 10:40 AM

If you’re a fan of USA’s Psych, as I am, chances are you went berserk when Shawn and Juliet finally kissed in the summer finale. Fans shrieked and squealed; message boards were overrun with ecstatic crowds; my best friend sent...

The Unfunny Side of Modern Feminism

October 1, 2010 9:34 AM

Is feminism funny or humorless? That was the question asked and evaluated at a Slate event I attended in New York City two weeks ago called Double X Presents: The Smoking Bra: Women and Comedy. I thought the question was...

Ooh La La over Lady Gaga

June 17, 2010 4:57 PM

Okay, true confessions time: I showed my 14 year-old son Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video. No, it wasn’t a mistake and yes, I’d do it again. You might be asking, “Who is Lady Gaga?” Or maybe you’re shaking your head and...

Little Girls and Single Ladies

June 3, 2010 9:19 AM

It’s been a few weeks since the viral video debut of a dance routine featuring girls as young as 8 gyrating to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The furor has mostly died down, but I find myself still thinking about it —...

Consider the Vampire

December 23, 2009 11:05 AM

Last week I found myself trying to explain the Twilight phenomenon — the books, the movies, Stephenie Meyer, and Robert Pattinson — to coworkers over lunch. It seems the whole thing can be summed up in one word: obsession. Bella...

Where Someone Loves Us Most of All

October 23, 2009 11:11 AM

Every night while I was growing up ended just the same. "Mommy loves you, Daddy loves you, and Jesus loves you most of all," my mom would say as she tucked me into bed. The ritual was a reminder,...

Am I My Sister's Keeper?

June 26, 2009 9:06 AM

My Sister's Keeper, director Nick Cassavetes' (The Notebook) new weeper film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, releases today. Fans of the original 2004 Jodi Picoult novel may be expecting a cinematic exploration of the ethical ramifications of PIDG (pre-implantation...

A (Crooked) House Divided: the Gosselins Announce Their Divorce

June 22, 2009 9:07 PM

And now it's official. As many have speculated in the week since commercials first aired promoting tonight's "big announcement" that would affect the entire family, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation, and, later in the episode, their divorce. This...

The Duggars: the Anti-Gosselins

June 12, 2009 9:53 AM

Even in the wake of the media circus that surrounds the Gosselin family, another reality TV show about an unusually large family premiered last night. WeTV showed Raising Sextuplets, which follows Bryan and Jenny Masche as they navigate raising six...

What Are You Reading This Summer?

June 10, 2009 9:25 AM

Summer's a time when you don't want to do any extra work, so we did the work for you and compiled a reading list - several, actually. Some lists are lighter than others, but here's what Her.meneutics contributors plan to...

Media Lukewarm on Laodicean's Meaning

May 29, 2009 11:12 AM

Last night Indian American girl Kavya Shivashankar, 13, won the televised Scripps National Spelling Bee and its $40,000 prize after rattling off the letters in Laodicean (pronounced lā-ˌä-də-ˈsē-ən). Like most spelling-bee words, the adjective doesn't get much use in everyday...

Donald Trump Says Miss California Can Keep the Crown

May 12, 2009 10:56 AM

If you haven't had enough of Miss California yet, she's still reigning in the news today. Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, says Carrie Prejean can keep her crown, even after more racy photos were released online this...

Faith Takes Center Stage on American Idol

March 24, 2009 1:55 PM

Christians regularly lament their lack of representation in mainstream entertainment, but this season, the most popular show on television features a cast of vocal Christians. Surprised? While Christians are certainly not strangers to the American Idol stage, six of this...


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