Rachel Held Evans is soon to complete her "year of Biblical womanhood," which has included stunts like sleeping outside in a tent during her period and following her "Biblical Woman's Ten Commandments," which include "thou shalt submit to thy husband's will in all things," and "thou shalt not cut thy hair." As part of the project, Evans has also interviewed women who incorporate literal practices from Scripture into their daily lives: conservative Mennonites, a Quiverfull mom, and an orthodox Jewish woman. Evans, who has no children and has even confessed to being afraid of motherhood, noted that while she would not have a child as a part of the experiment, she would be looking for creative ways to mother—which included a weekend spent with "Chip"—a RealCare Baby "infant simulator."
Evans, who has, in recent months, taken on Mark Driscoll and Donald Miller, is embarking on the project for "egalitarian reasons," says a recent Slate article by Ruth Graham. Evans herself says that the project is aimed at exploring "biblical womanhood" because "while many hail [it] as the ideal, few seem to agree on exactly what it means, so women like me receive mixed messages about how to honor God with our decisions." As one believing the Bible to be "inspired by God," her project aims not to belittle the Bible or poke fun at earnest believers, but, in her words, to "creatively investigate our application of [the Bible]." Overall, it looks to be an amusing and interesting project with an important point: no one really applies ALL of the Bible literally.
Graham's profile, however, seems to frame Evans as particularly daring within "the insular world of conservative Christianity": she's an egalitarian, Graham writes, "within a world ...1
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