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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 ‘Just You Wait’ Mantra: Is Marriage Really That Hard?

August 17, 2012 8:51 AM

Around this time three years ago, I was busy preparing for one of the biggest days of my life. My wedding was just around the corner, so my schedule was filled with RSVPs, last-minute dress alterations, music selections, and...

Tackling Doubt after Divorce: Not Your Typical Chick-Lit Novel

August 8, 2012 9:21 AM

I rarely read chick lit, but I couldn’t walk past the Jesus bobble head on the cover of Sarah Healy’s Can I Get an Amen? without flipping it open. And after reading the first few pages — which include...

Why Christians Could Use a Little Adventure

August 7, 2012 9:40 AM

It all started, as I imagine many great adventures do, with a post on Craigslist. “Ha ha ha, was airing out items on my fire escape, wind blew this gorgeous dress into the tree, I am moving and don’t...

When Breast Cancer Leaves You Grasping for Words

July 25, 2012 9:22 AM

As a religion professor, I spend my days talking—out loud and on paper—about the really big questions of life. My conversation partners, whether they are students, church members, friends, or family, are living those questions, sorting through inheritances, exploring the...

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,...

The Soul of Your Soles: Why Women Love Shoes

July 10, 2012 9:41 AM

Oxfords, Docs, Converse, crocs. Peep toes, pumps, Mary Janes, clogs. Jellies, Wellies, Combats, Chucks. Manolos, Maddens, Sandals, stilettos. Kitten heels, mules, Birks and wedges. A new study reveals that our soles are the window to our souls; these tongues do...

Theology on a Tightrope: Nik Wallenda’s High-Wire Walk and Our Longing for God

June 22, 2012 8:10 AM

When you live near Niagara Falls, as I did for 20 years of my life, its magnitude and mystique begin to stream through your lifeblood. My parents honeymooned there; in later years, we schlepped all of our out-of-town guests there...

Choosing Life, When Cancer Fears Are Everywhere

June 21, 2012 8:47 AM

The World Health Organization reported last week that Diesel engine fumes may cause cancer—the latest educated guess at what kills over 7.5 million people each year. While I’ve always paid attention to findings such as this one, these days I...

For the Love of Pinterest? A Her.meneutics Hangout with Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Bessey, & More

May 18, 2012 10:00 AM

Christianity Today serves as a unique place for evangelicals of all stripes to convene, where thinkers from a variety of backgrounds can discuss and engage in ideas. We wanted to experiment with CT's "village green" format and extend the conversation...

How to Smartly Engage with the Young Doubters in Your Midst

May 16, 2012 9:12 AM

In high school, I entered a skeptic phase that eventually led me out of the doors of the church. My parents saw it coming. My dad started taking me out to breakfast at a local diner, the kind of spot...

'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus’: To Adore or Abhor?

January 16, 2012 9:19 AM

I’m guessing at least 15 of your friends have posted Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus,” and maybe yet another 15 of your friends posted response pieces. Don’t worry: the phrase ‘false dichotomy’ will not appear anywhere...

Grieving a Lost Child

January 6, 2012 9:20 AM

I inherited the herb garden when we bought our townhouse and quickly learned that it’s virtually impossible to kill rosemary. I’ll prune or trim once a year—maybe—but the truth is it grows on its own—except for one patch of earth...

Why Teens Drift Away from Faith

November 17, 2011 8:30 AM

Every week after Sunday School, I try to figure out if our kids have learned anything. Do they understand the stories they heard? Do they know the characters? Do they know God’s love for them? Do they understand anything about...

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...

The Perils of Christian Chick Lit

June 29, 2010 11:05 AM

Mandie Shaw, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Elsie Dinsmore were close companions of mine throughout the teen years. I also enjoyed as occasional playmates Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller. I now regret some of those friendships. As a...

Glee: Stereotype Me!

June 21, 2010 3:26 PM

 When Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that the popular TV show would add a female Christian character in its second season, a “Carrie Underwood” type, I worried that she might be just another outrageous caricature representing the worst people think...

Jason Boyett’s 'O Me of Little Faith'

June 1, 2010 9:32 AM

  O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling (Zondervan) is the story of Jason Boyett and — probably — of just about everyone who has pursued faith in the midst of uncertainty.   Boyett, a writer,...


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