Should Christians Adopt Ancient Sexual Practices, Veracity Hill Podcasts (1 hr, 5 min. audio)
Christian apologist Kurt Jaros interviews psychologist and former Evangelical Valerie Tarico about women and girls in the Bible. Within a wide-ranging conversation Tarico and Jaros discuss the behavior of Alabaman Senate candidate Roy Moore, who pursued girls as young as age 14 while an attorney in his 30s. Tarico makes the case that this behavior is in line with the view of women in the Ancient Near East–essentially that females are childbearing economic assets of men–a view that pervades the writings contained in the Bible.
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings, and the founder of www.WisdomCommons.org. Her articles about religion, reproductive health, and the role of women in society have been featured at sites including AlterNet, Salon, the Huffington Post, Grist, and Jezebel. Subscribe at ValerieTarico.com.