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

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Women Speak Up and Out at Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit

August 16, 2012 9:23 AM

Many things caught my attention last week at Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit, but nothing as strikingly as the women in attendance—both on stage and off. Speakers included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn,...

Why This Black Christian No Longer Toes the Democratic Party Line

June 19, 2012 9:18 AM

Blacks have historically voted Republican. You read that right. In the mid- to late 1800s, the Republican Party supported the freedom of slaves and eventually the abolition of slavery. Not until the 1930s did the black vote shift slightly to...

I'm Not Julia: Why Obama's American Woman Doesn't Speak for Me

May 14, 2012 8:26 AM

If you follow political news at all, by now you’ve probably heard of Julia, the character who made her debut recently on President Obama’s campaign website. The "Life of Julia" page documents this fictional woman’s life, from her entrance into...

Why Marilynne Robinson, Narrative Calvinist, Doesn't Fear Fox News

May 1, 2012 8:37 AM

“Bill Moyers would have loved your talk and Fox News would have debunked it. How do you expect to have credibility among conservative evangelicals?” The question was pitched contentiously from the front of the auditorium at Calvin College, while I...

Why We Can All Opt Out of the 'War on Women'

April 13, 2012 10:30 AM

“She’s never worked a day in her life.” “At least I don’t just drop my kids off at daycare.” “She’s one of those annoying Attachment Parenting moms.” “She’s one of those annoying Babywise moms.” “No kids? And that’s on purpose?”...

Kirk Cameron's 'Monumental' Task

April 11, 2012 8:23 AM

There’s a story about a small band of 19th-century pioneers crossing the Mojave Desert to earn their fortune in the promised land of California. Unprepared for the Mojave's harsh, arid climate and deceived by length of a desert mile, they...

What Burma's Chin Refugees Need Beyond Aung San Suu Kyi

April 2, 2012 8:42 AM

For over 60 years, a military regime has ruled over Burma (Myanmar). Its people know intimately what it means to be discriminated against, religiously persecuted, and beaten for one’s ethnicity. But yesterday Sunday, April 1, the Burmese people voted for...

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...

Why 'Slut' Cuts to the Core--of All of Us

March 8, 2012 10:04 AM

Are you a slut? Have you ever been one? Have you ever been made to feel like one? Have you ever made someone else feel like one? Have you ever called someone a slut, even if only in your mind?...

What the 'After-Birth Abortion' and 'Personhood' Debates Have in Common

March 5, 2012 9:39 AM

An article published in February in the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Ethics is making headlines around the world. In the article, former Cambridge and Oxford University researchers Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Dr. Francesca Minerva argue the very point pro-life...

How to Respond to Our All-American Muslim Neighbors

December 13, 2011 4:39 PM

Lowe’s national retail chain, following a conservative Christian group's call for businesses to boycott advertising on a new TLC reality show about Muslims, pulled its advertisements from All-American Muslim. The Florida Family Association (FFA) claims the series, which follows five...

Why Identifying as a Republican—or Democrat—Can Be Idolatrous

December 8, 2011 8:46 AM

It took Lisa Sharon Harper nearly 10 years to reconcile her faith with her political views. Then she met her first self-described evangelical Democrat in 1991. At the Los Angeles Nazarene congregation where she attended after college, about half the...

What the Herman Cain Case Reveals about Harassment

November 9, 2011 10:09 AM

When sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain began to leak out, my reaction was skeptical. I’ve been observing the political process long enough to know that many people consider sexual accusations—real or imaginary—a fantastic way to bring...

Kids' Diets: Why We Need Immovable Love, Not ‘Let’s Move’

August 10, 2011 9:25 AM

The first time my daughter grabbed a box of cookies out of the pantry, flipped the package round and round, and asked me how many calories were in each one, I laughed it off.   “I don’t know,” I said....

Bachmann, Palin, and the Trouble with 'Evangelical Feminism'

July 8, 2011 10:30 AM

When I heard rumblings about Michele Bachmann’s run for the presidency, I got nervous — though not the reasons you might think. I’m not nervous about the political leanings of the Minnesota congresswoman and conservative Lutheran mother of five. In...

What You Don't Know about Obama's Mama

July 5, 2011 9:10 AM

In a culture of “helicopter parenting,” in which mothers are tempted to manage every moment of their children’s lives to ensure future success, it's peculiar that no one seemed interested in Barack Obama’s mother when his political career began to...

Anthony Weiner, Gnostic

June 9, 2011 11:40 AM

The technology is new, but the sin is so, so old. The latest “victim” betrayed by the very technology he thought to have harnessed for his own nefarious ends — in case you’ve been fast asleep under a rock somewhere...

Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, and Power

May 23, 2011 9:45 AM

American news outlets have been aflutter with conversations and questions about the messy relationship between power and sex, catalyzed by the coinciding revelations about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual indiscretions. Although the two cases are...

Bill Maher Slurs Sarah Palin, NOW Responds

March 28, 2011 11:35 AM

When comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “dumb t--t” on his HBO show last week, few people were holding their breath waiting for the National Organization for Women to come to her defense. But as a matter of fact,...

Live Action, Planned Parenthood, and a Year of Change

February 24, 2011 10:36 AM

It’s only February, and already I have whiplash from the news speeding past me from the U.S. abortion front. The frenzy began on January 17, when a Philadelphia abortion doctor was indicted for killing a patient. Next came the revelation...

Surprised by Beauty at the March for Life

January 27, 2011 9:31 AM

T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” alluding to the way life and death are inextricably connected, as when “lilacs” are bred “out of the dead land.” This is the way the March for Life — held...

Sarah Palin's Rogue Comments

November 8, 2010 11:52 AM

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's spotlight during the midterm elections will likely continue as her TLC show premieres this week and a new book is published in two weeks. Sarah Palin's Alaska, an eight-part series, premieres November 14 at 9/8c....

Girls in Sports No Longer 'Tomboys'

November 4, 2010 10:50 AM

Athletic competition builds character in our boys. We do not need that kind of character in our girls. ~ Connecticut judge, 1971 Last month the Women's Sports Foundation held its annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf-Astoria in...

Women Take Election Spotlight

October 25, 2010 11:50 AM

Is the number of women in politics growing? It’s the type of question news talk-show hosts are asking now, thanks to competitive election races in states such as Delaware, Nevada, and California, where women are serious contenders in elections taking...

How Christians Will Save America's Schools

September 28, 2010 11:50 AM

Sixty-eight percent of eighth graders in the U.S. can’t read at grade level. 1.2 million teenagers drop out of school every year. And 44 percent of dropouts under age 24 are jobless. These statistics, from the Broad Foundation for Education,...

The No-Fault-Divorce Nation

August 17, 2010 11:10 AM

No-fault divorce is now legal in every state, making filing for divorce in America — whether both parties agree or not — simply a matter of getting the proper paperwork. New York just became the last state to adopt the...

Q+A: Selling Girls on Craigslist

June 22, 2010 9:39 AM

On Saturday night I attended a dinner party in Laguna. A guest seated next to me pulled out a snazzy looking camera, and raved about how he got it for a steal on Craigslist. In the car, I asked my...

Abortion Measures Move State-à-State

May 6, 2010 11:07 AM

In a changing political climate, Christians are finding their attention and energy divided among a number of issues. Recognizing these tensions, the Manhattan Declaration called for Christians to refocus on core issues, one of which was abortion. Simultaneously, Newsweek reported...

The History of Glenn Beck's 'Social Justice'

March 22, 2010 11:13 AM

Setting off waves of debate in recent weeks, conservative radio host Glenn Beck advised his listeners on March 2 to leave their churches if they found signs of commitment to “social justice” or “economic justice.” Beck called such language “code...

Joni Eareckson Tada: Health Care Bill Concerns

March 17, 2010 2:08 PM

A few years ago, I helped write a book, How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World, about the bioethical challenges in the 21st century. Today, one of our foremost ethical challenges is how to accomplish health care...

Citing Modesty, Two Women Refuse Full-Body Scans

March 8, 2010 11:12 AM

Two Muslim women boarding a plane in Manchester, England, last week became trailblazers in the debate over full-body scanners by refusing to undergo the scan, citing religious and medical restrictions. They forfeited their £400 airline tickets to Pakistan, as such...

Police Arrest Woman Praying at Western Wall

January 7, 2010 11:24 AM

Last November, Israeli authorities arrested medical student and Women of the Wall (WOW) member Nofrat Frenkel for wearing a prayer shawl and holding a Torah at the Western Wall (Kotel), Judaism's most holy site. The first time a female worshiper...

'Love Thy Neighbor' Shows Up at Copenhagen

December 11, 2009 9:46 AM

The Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15) began December 7 and will continue through next week. World leaders are gathering to negotiate carbon emission protocols that will replace the 1997 Kyoto agreement, which expires in 2012. Robust proposals are coming from African...

The Joys of a False Positive

December 8, 2009 11:38 AM

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released recommendations on breast cancer screenings November 16, stating that too many women were given unnecessary tests based on an initial “false positive” mammogram. The task force discouraged women ages 40 to 49 from...

Going Rogue: An American (Pro-)Life Woman

November 23, 2009 4:55 PM

Since entering the national scene last fall as John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin has attracted hefty media attention from friends and foes alike. Now her full-time job seems to be making media appearances promoting her newly released Going Rogue:...

Signs of Faith in Sarah Palin's Book?

October 8, 2009 12:19 PM

Sarah Palin may not be writing a second autobiography for Christian audiences as previously reported, but perhaps her evangelical co-author will persuade her to include more details about her faith. Shortly after she was nominated as John McCain's vice presidential...

The President's Speech and Parental Rights

September 9, 2009 9:10 AM

Children in many U.S. schools yesterday heard President Obama exhort the values of hard work and personal responsibility in his back-to-school address. Reformed pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church praised the speech as “a wonderful gift of common...

Jenny Sanford Offers Forgiveness After Husband's Affair

August 17, 2009 4:27 PM

You have to dig a bit, but Vogue's feature story on South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford is sprinkled with hints at the importance of her faith. The wife of Mark Sanford left the governor's mansion earlier this month...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

August 14, 2009 9:10 AM

I saw Eunice Kennedy Shriver once, in December of 1963. I was standing at the back of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., waiting for a Mass in honor of her brother, John F. Kennedy, to begin. Most of the...

Florida's Other Marriage Amendment

August 3, 2009 9:23 AM

The key to a lower divorce rate and healthier marriages starts before the vows are taken, according to advocates for mandatory premarital counseling. Many states, including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Arizona, have laws in place that provide...

Jimmy Carter Speaks Up on Women

July 21, 2009 11:53 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter recently penned dramatic columns for The Guardian and The Age, leading some people to believe that he's leaving the Southern Baptist Convention for the first time. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern...

Of God and Galaxies

July 21, 2009 8:45 AM

Forty years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon, with an estimated 500 million people watching them via live broadcast below on planet Earth. I was not among those watching...

Where Does Francis Collins Stand on Stem-Cell Research?

July 13, 2009 11:10 AM

President Obama announced last Wednesday his pick of Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project and an evangelical Christian, to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the government's biomedical research wing. While a couple news reports...

Sarah Palin: Andrew Sullivan's Punching Bag

July 6, 2009 5:33 PM

No writer that I've read in the past 11 months has been more - dare I say - hysterically critical of Sarah Palin than The Atlantic's uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan. Eight months after the election, he is still harping on the...

Trashing Sarah Palin's Faith, Family, and Femininity

July 6, 2009 12:37 AM

It's hard not to draw comparisons between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Both high-profile women are deeply beloved and passionately detested on both sides of the aisle. In fact, Christianity Today magazine came to both of their defenses during their...

Liberty University and the Liberty to Dissent

July 1, 2009 8:51 AM

Last month, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, revoked its official recognition of the student Democratic group on campus, saying that the Democratic Party platform conflicted with the university's Christian principles. Following purported complaints from trustees, parents, and (perhaps most significantly)...

Supreme Court Rules Girl's Strip Search Unconstitutional

June 30, 2009 2:31 PM

In a case that Her.meneutics covered this April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late last week that Arizona middle school officials violated the Constitution when they strip-searched a 13-year-old girl suspected of having over-the-counter pain medication. Savana Redding's parents sued...

Stand By Your Unfaithful Politician Husband?

June 26, 2009 9:06 AM

Just in the last week, two Christian politicians admitted to having affairs, but their wives were noticeably absent from the press conferences. Yesterday, Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford admitted that he had an affair with a Argentinean woman, and...

First Dalit Woman Elected to India Parliament

June 15, 2009 9:56 AM

Earlier this month India elected the first Dalit woman ever as Speaker for its House of Parliament. Meira Kumar, 64, was elected unanimously as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in the lower house of Parliament, where she will...

Sonia Sotomayor: 'I Feel Your Pain'

June 1, 2009 9:03 AM

Women: Imagine you've been having problems with pre-menstrual depression or unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Men: Imagine you're having problems that are probably prostate-related, or maybe you're having trouble getting it up. All else being equal (though of course it never is),...

Arts Funding Slashed in Economic Crunch

May 21, 2009 8:41 AM

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Senate approved state budget SB 850, which includes severe reductions in funding for the arts for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget, which passed by a 30-20 vote, cuts funding for the Pennsylvania Council...

How Would a Woman Change the Supreme Court?

May 20, 2009 8:00 AM

This spring may mark another race - besides last weekend's Preakness Stakes - that finds a female crossing the finish line in first place. Since Associate Justice David Souter announced May 1 that he would be retiring from the Supreme...

Obama: A Friend to Pro-Lifers?

May 19, 2009 8:39 AM

In 1993, when Christine Todd Whitman was the Republican candidate for the governor of New Jersey, her views on abortion were muted at best. I recall being cautiously optimistic as I voted for my state's first and only female governor....

Obama's Kinder, Gentler Culture War

May 18, 2009 11:59 AM

I didn't see this one coming. K. and I had been talking about her sex life. We had arranged to meet before a sexual abstinence event at a church in Michigan. I was there interviewing young people for a book...

Q+A: Kaffie McCullough on Craigslist

May 14, 2009 9:33 AM

The same feature that has made Craigslist so popular - namely, unlimited free advertising - has brought the decade-old website under heavy criticism for providing unmonitored forums for prostitution in its 570 city hubs. After several state representatives met with...

Stuff, the Sleeper Hit

May 13, 2009 4:24 PM

A year and a half ago, Annie Leonard released The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute video about the dangers of over-consumption. It "has become a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation," Leslie Kaufman wrote in Sunday's New York Times:...

Women Benefit from Health-Care Overhaul

May 6, 2009 8:56 AM

In an attempt to stave off a major federal overhaul of the $2.5 trillion health-care industry, health-insurance companies agreed yesterday to stop insuring women at higher premium rates than they do men. Karen Ignagni, president of the trade group America's...

Nutrition for Nascent Human Life

May 4, 2009 8:43 AM

This is going to sound odd, but I have fond memories of receiving WIC benefits as a young mother. For about two years, I gratefully took advantage of both Medicaid and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants...

Miss CA Becomes Ad Spokeswoman for Traditional Marriage

May 1, 2009 8:17 AM

Carrie Prejean, praised by conservative Christian groups for her statement on same-sex marriage in the Miss USA beauty pageant, is appearing in a TV ad for the National Organization for Marriage, a Philadelphia nonprofit led by Maggie Gallagher and Princeton...

FDA Accepts Ruling, Minors to Have Access to Morning-After Pill

April 24, 2009 8:30 AM

The Obama administration further sealed the deal that girls 17 and older will be able to purchase the "morning-after pill" without a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would accept a federal judge's ruling that lifts the...

Why Melissa Rogers Signed the Health Care Workers Document

April 13, 2009 9:19 AM

Dozens of religious leaders met in Washington with members of Obama's administration last week to go over policy issues. Right before the meetings began, the White House also announced the full Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. One...

Christians Urge Obama to Keep Conscience Clause

April 9, 2009 9:29 AM

Several media are reporting that today's the last day the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hear arguments against President Obama's intention to rescind the "conscience clause" regulation that former President Bush put into place weeks before...

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