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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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Christian Catfights: Why Women Leaders Don't Support Each Other

January 30, 2012 8:40 AM

Monica Holmes had the prettiest hair of any girl in the fifth grade. Her chestnut locks flowed effortlessly down her back, while my delicate, thin hair broke off around my shoulders. Even so, I didn’t envy her hair; I begrudged...

A Woman's Place in Christian Higher Ed

October 4, 2011 10:03 AM

Spiritual writer Frederick Buechner once defined calling as the place where a person’s “greatest passion meets the world's greatest need.” But what of a person’s leadership? This summer, researchers in Christian higher education surveyed 16 top leaders at Council for...

MIA: Men Who Don't Use Pornography

September 8, 2011 10:55 AM

I don’t remember much about sex education in 10th grade, other than anxiety about what topics I might have to discuss with peers. But I do remember a woman who came to our private, secular school to talk about “chastity.”...

The Newest U.S. Mission Field: Women

August 9, 2011 9:35 AM

For centuries, women have been the oft-silent underpinnings of church ministry. Mostly volunteers, these female church members made up a behind-the-scenes force that not only greased the gears of the local church but also functioned as the gears themselves. Even...

Two Stories about Babies with Down Syndrome

July 28, 2011 10:15 AM

“It’s a girl!” I received these words with tears of joy when our third child, Marilee, was born. We could have known her sex months earlier, of course, but we decided to wait. And yet, as I wrote in a...

The Untold Story of Donor-Conceived Children

January 28, 2011 11:05 AM

The featured article on the new website is about a bad breakup. A middle-aged woman discovers that her boyfriend is accused of incest. What does she do? She has herself artificially inseminated by an anonymous sperm donor, but then...

A Tarnished Silver Anniversary

January 4, 2011 9:30 AM

A silver anniversary isn’t what it used to be. I know this from experience, having celebrated mine last month, but the data speaks for itself. According to a 2005 U.S. Census Bureau report, only 33 percent of us reached the...

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...

The Secret (Moral) Life of Babies

May 17, 2010 11:28 AM

When my baby was about nine months old, he started giving out hugs with his own unique twist: He’d wrap his chubby arms around whomever he was hugging, and then gently pat their back. It made sense; his bedtime routine...

Silencing the Maternal Nag

November 18, 2009 9:41 AM

Women want their spouses to be more involved in raising their children, but they need to allow fathers to father, not force them to mother. The New York Times reported last week on new research that suggests that women...

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...

Are You Happy Now?

October 27, 2009 11:50 AM

It’s been said before: Today woman have more than they have ever had but they are more unhappy than they have ever been. In a recent Time article, Nancy Gibbs, using the newest statistics, enumerates the significant progress women have...

What Christian Women Want Now

October 27, 2009 11:42 AM

Get excited, because Her.meneutics brings two perspectives on Time magazine’s recent cover report, “The State of the American Woman.” Author Nancy Gibbs explores the questions, “Is the battle of the sexes really over, and if so, did anyone win?”...

This Is Your Brain on Evangelicalism

October 12, 2009 10:57 AM

In 1995, NPR religion reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty was interviewing members of Saddleback Church for a Los Angeles Times Magazine article on why some churches grow and others don’t. She talked with a woman named Kathy Younge about her spiritual...

Does Religiosity Encourage Teen Pregnancy?

September 28, 2009 8:49 AM

Some social liberals used a recently published study in Reproductive Health that found a strong link between high religiosity and teen pregnancy rates to further their case for why abstinence-only sex education doesn't work. Double XX, Mother Jones, Bonnie Erbe...

Snakes, Spiders, and the Science of Gender

September 25, 2009 9:07 AM

My toddler son is taking a class this fall about bugs. "Learn about insects and their important role in our environment and everyday lives through stories, crafts and games," the brochure boasts. "Great class for boys and girls!" As long...

Running in the Shadow of 9/11

August 21, 2009 9:07 AM

I have loved New York City my whole life. By that I mean since I was a preschooler living across the Hudson in North Bergen, New Jersey. Even from the relative distance of the Jersey Shore, where my family moved...


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