I’m dashing out the door to go to a wedding in Atlanta this weekend (and a quick stop to see my family on our way south – I haven’t been home since July, and I miss them!), but here’s this week’s links. I think you’ll notice two themes: “slut-shaming” (look it up) and how to interpret the Bible well. I’m passionate about these topics, so this was a good reading week for me. I don’t have time to summarize all of these links, but do explore and enjoy!
Rachel Held Evan’s new book is out (I’m going to read it in the car – it arrived on Wednesday, but it’s been a crazy work week and I haven’t had a lot of mental space for reading. Which is also why the post on lust and modesty isn’t finished yet. Look for it on Monday!), and she’s getting a ton of attention online. To be honest, I felt a little skeptical about her premise (“a year of biblical w0manhood,” where she takes biblical teachings on womanhood as literally as possible for a whole year), but as I’m reading more about it and skimming bits of the book itself, I’m realizing that her methods are not so much a sarcastic jab at taking the Bible literally, and more of a sincere attempt to interpret the Bible with intellectual integrity. Which is always her biggest goal.
- Who’s Afraid of Rachel Held Evans?
- Slate: Her Year of Living Biblically
- Desiring God’s review of RHE’s book (This one strikes me as being patronizing and missing the point – maybe the author didn’t bother to acquaint herself with RHE’s series on N.T. Wright and the authority of Scripture?)
- Why I think that review misses the point.
- Fun and Games with Peter Enns on inerrancy vs. infallibility (aka why this is an issue at all)
A lot of fantastic analysis is going on regarding why the complementarian men appear to feel threatened by RHE’s book (and the controversy over her use of the word “vagina” in it). Some are saying that this is “slut shaming” (a tactic to embarrass a woman who steps outside of social norms in order to force her to abide by them).
Even if it isn’t, there’s been some serious examples of real slut shaming recently:
Unrelated and enjoyable:
- Mika has a new cd. I’m addicted.
- Bourbon, Neat. I love Walker Percy.
- Related to yesterday’s post, “Be patient with yourself,” is this one by Elizabeth Esther.
- Awana songs? Bad theology?
- A mother apologizes to her firstborn.
- The ministry of friendship.
- And this one was shared with me by Kevin: “Evangelicals for Gay Marriage“
Have a great weekend!