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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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God’s Wrath and Natural Disasters: Whom Do We Blame?

July 2, 2012 9:29 AM

While I worked 500 miles away from my family, I got word that my dad’s office and my aunt and uncle were evacuated because the Waldo Canyon fire burned closer and closer. Eager for up-to-the-minute news on the fire and...

When the State Took Away My Life: North Carolina Grapples with Sterilization Practice

January 18, 2012 11:10 AM

The small, rural Virginia county where I live is home to an infamous court case that resulted in “one of the most chilling statements” ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. That case, Buck vs. Bell, unleashed decades of forced...

Sitting in the Dark, Waiting for Emmanuel

December 22, 2011 9:43 AM

A few months ago, my friend Stephanie’s grandma was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In spite of brain surgery and chemotherapy, the tumor has grown, and her grandma is now on hospice. When I had coffee with Stephanie recently, I...

A Word to Michelle Duggar's Critics: What it Means to Publicly Grieve a Miscarriage

December 15, 2011 1:00 PM

I’ll just say it: I’m inclined to criticize the Duggars. Yes, a part of me wants to respect their right to have “as many children as God gives” them. But I also have real concerns about their choices. I’m concerned...

Inside the Heart of an Animal Hoarder

September 7, 2011 8:20 AM

Cruelty, like love, takes many forms. Perhaps the most sinister form of cruelty comes in the guise of love. One need not look far within the human family to find this kind of brokenness. But such brokenness extends to the...

PETA to Launch Porn Site

August 31, 2011 10:39 AM

Shock and disgust. Those words best describe the public’s reaction to PETA’s most recent campaign. In a decision that can only be described as true to form, the 31-year-old Virginia nonprofit has once again chosen a campaign method that overshadows...

Why Gratitude Is Not Enough

August 8, 2011 9:10 AM

I spend most of my time on domestic chores and child care, and I’m inclined to see those tasks in a sacramental light, looking for moments to reflect on with gratitude. Also, I cherish the seemingly small. My son’s...

Being Loved through Breast Cancer

July 27, 2011 9:55 AM

I met Kristin during my first shift in an urban E.R. in Portland 3 years ago. I was working in Fast Track as a physician assistant, and she was the assigned nurse for the day. She was strong and outspoken...

A Daughter's Grief Observed

July 7, 2011 10:03 AM

Meghan O’Rourke is best known as a literary and cultural critic, a contributor to Slate, and the onetime fiction editor at The New Yorker. But she is a poet first, as is clear from the opening pages of her...

For Those Grieving on Mother's Day

May 6, 2011 9:09 AM

Mother's Day is a tricky holiday. Like any holiday, it is sweet for some and bitter for others. For some, it’s both. I remember feeling on the outside looking in on Mother’s Day, first as a single woman and then...

Doctrine in Diapers

November 9, 2010 10:15 AM

For a few years now, we’ve begun our family meals with a blessing. We started with “The Lord’s Been Good to Me,” otherwise known in our household as “Johnny Appleseed.” The song’s theology is pretty innocuous. It acknowledges God’s existence...

Does God Want Us to Suffer?

September 24, 2010 9:22 AM

This is the second of two posts on Christian perspectives on physical pain. The first explored the idea of pain relief as a human right. Melanie Thernstrom, in her critically praised new book, The Pain Chronicles, examines the role of...

Is Pain Relief a Human Right?

September 23, 2010 6:59 AM

The International Association for the Study of Pain issued a declaration saying it is. People have a right to receive pain relief, without discrimination, via medications and non-medication techniques; to have pain assessed as a vital sign; to be treated...

Not Everyone Is Praying for Christopher Hitchens Today

September 20, 2010 12:00 PM

One of this generation’s most celebrated atheists, Christopher Hitchens, is dying. He has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Since his cancer was made public, people of various faith traditions have been encouraging others to pray for the man who penned...

Preserving Man and Beast

August 23, 2010 9:34 AM

Jeffrey Kluger’s recent Time magazine cover story, “What Animals Think,” explores new research about the human-like intelligence of animals. A Bonobo (cousin of the chimpanzee) can learn hundreds of words. Dogs demonstrate social skills by following a pointed finger to...

Parenting Imperfecta

July 26, 2010 9:45 AM

"World's Smallest Mother Risks Life for More Babies" blared the headline. Stacey Herald, whose 2-foot 4-inch stature qualifies her for the “smallest mom” superlative, recently gave birth to her third child. Despite significant health risks associated with pregnancy, Stacey and...

Singing Praises in Port-au-Prince

February 12, 2010 8:24 AM

I had known this day would come. My husband, a pre-med student, had been planning a month-long trip to northern Uganda for a social medicine course, and January 12 was his departure date. I thought that would leave me...

Where Was God in the Earthquake?

January 15, 2010 8:17 AM

At the time of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, David Bentley Hart, the Eastern Orthodox theologian, wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal that attracted wide attention. Bill Eerdmans, of Eerdmans Publishing, contacted Hart and asked him to...

Nancy Guthrie: Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow

July 14, 2009 8:48 AM

Nancy Guthrie is no stranger to suffering. After her second child, Hope, died within a year of birth from Zellweger syndrome, a rare, fatal genetic abnormality, Guthrie began writing Holding On to Hope, a book about coping with loss...


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