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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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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...

Why I Let My Kids Cry It Out: A Response

February 1, 2012 8:34 AM

After reading Elrena Evans’s thoughtful Her.meneutics post, “Should You Let Your Baby ‘Cry It Out’? A Christian Response,” it was clear that Evans and I absolutely agree on one thing: unfortunately the so-called “Mommy Wars” are alive and well. I...

Should You Let Your Baby 'Cry It Out'? A Christian Response

January 24, 2012 11:02 AM

When Psychology Today ran an article titled “Dangers of ‘Crying it Out,’” my response was, perhaps predictably, jaded. I read the article, then clicked over to one of my “Birth Clubs” on BabyCenter to watch the ensuing fun while I...

Chaz Bono Brings Transgender Issues to TV

September 19, 2011 5:53 PM

After ABC announced the newest lineup for Dancing with the Stars(DWTS), many were taken aback by the backlash of comments about contestant Chaz Bono. Formerly Chastity Bono, Chaz is the first transgender competitor on the show, which is also what...

Should Christians Pursue External Beauty?

June 24, 2011 2:32 PM

Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty's self and beauty's giver. (Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo.”) “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” That's the title of a recent...

Taste and Smell That the Lord Is Good

June 14, 2011 9:25 AM

Chances are you know of someone who has lost their sight or hearing wholly or in part. Helen Keller could neither hear nor see but found brilliant ways to articulate her experience. Countless other writers and artists have made...

Gender Differences: All in the Brain

May 16, 2011 11:05 AM

Last month author Lane Wallace highlighted two new studies in The Atlantic, both of which offer new insights into the relationship between biology and worldview. In her first piece, “Are Liberals and Conservatives Hard-Wired to Disagree?,” Wallace examines the work...

Beyond SlutWalk: A New Conversation about Sexual Assault

May 11, 2011 11:09 AM

Last month thousands of women took to the Toronto streets dressed in lingerie and miniskirts. Calling their movement SlutWalk, they were protesting a police officer’s statement to college students, after a wave of sexual assaults at York University, that “women...

Should Christians Use Self-Help Programs?

March 29, 2011 9:56 AM

We were staying with friends, and I was getting ready for the day in their daughter’s bathroom. It was a typical tween-age space: cute stickers and sayings posted to the mirror, hair products and cotton balls and drugstore makeup on...

The Gospel of Grace for Women Who Self-Injure

February 28, 2011 11:00 AM

Self-harm — clinically defined as the deliberate destruction of one's body tissue without suicidal intent, such as cutting, burning, and hair-pulling — is not new. What is new is the proliferation of images and messages through social media that may...

Why Parenting May Be Your 'Highest' Calling

October 4, 2010 10:52 AM

I’ve been following the comments on Amy Julia Becker’s latest Her.meneutics post with some interest. When the time came for my husband and I to make and act on a decision regarding the schooling of our eldest (a decision-making process...

Anorexia and the Body of Christ

September 10, 2010 10:22 AM

Harriet Brown’s new memoir, Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, challenges popular beliefs about eating disorders. Many psychologists and nutritionists say that getting anorexics to eat won’t work until “underlying psychological issues” are dealt with, yet many anorexics...

Women with the Self-Doubt Syndrome

June 14, 2010 11:25 AM

A few years ago, a colleague of mine asserted that pride was the original sin shared by everyone. I thought for a moment, and had to admit that I did not resonate with his assessment. Pride assumed that one had...

Female Sex Addict: Not an Oxymoron

April 26, 2010 11:10 AM

Biblical scholars have yet to determine if the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1–11) was a sex addict. But Nashville-based clinical therapist Marnie Ferree says the woman’s shame and social status make her an apt archetype for women struggling...

Confession: I Stopped Giving to the Church

January 8, 2010 2:13 PM

I stopped tithing a few months ago. Okay, no scandal here. I got married in September, and my husband and I moved to a new area and wanted to find a church. As we slowly combined our finances, it became...

Stanton Jones, CedarvilleOUT Come to Campus

November 13, 2009 10:04 AM

Last spring, John* asked if we could meet at the Hive, our college campus snack shop. After a bit of small talk, he confided, “My friends said that you’re someone I’d feel safe talking to. And this is what I...


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