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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, June 14, 2010

More on Mama Grizzlies

Is Sarah Palin the embodiment of a Proverbs 31 woman? I'm very uncomfortable that many Christian women seem to think so. She seems to be subtly altering the way that evangelical Christian women understand what it means to be a Christian woman, and I'm unconvinced that Sarah's example is a biblical one. Newsweek might be hopelessly biased, but the recent cover story about Sarah Palin's impact on how evangelical women understand their womanhood makes some fair observations worth thinking over.

Whatever the case, the recent primary elections are making news because of the number of female, conservative candidates. This is newsworthy--and puzzling--to many in the mainstream media because their understanding of womanhood is so tightly linked to pro-choice feminism that they cannot understand any other sort of woman. In this worldview one is evidently either a strong, pro-choice, intelligent woman or a weak, pro-life, um--what shall we say?--lacking-in-curiosity woman.

How can it be that suddenly a crop of strong, pro-life, intelligent women are running for office--and winning? And not only that but they are married with children!

Several articles try to make sense of the new shift:

Newsweek's Palin article.
Ross Douthat at the NYT.
Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online.

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