Valerie Tarico on Veracity Hill – Podcast Now Available

Valerie on Veracity HillShould 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  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

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt; Deas and Other Imaginings.
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6 Responses to Valerie Tarico on Veracity Hill – Podcast Now Available

  1. Jim Lee says:

    It doesn’t really matter what the bible may say on the topic. Sexual perverts or those who try to take sexual advantage over others, male or female without consent, need to be punished.


  2. Peter Dashevici says:

    As ex-clergy & since the holiday season is fast approaching , your post from years ago deserves very wide exposure :

    It certainly was far from what I was taught ….  If only people would be prepared to accept the reality of the mythological , primitive origins of religion….


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  3. George West says:

    Hi Valerie.
    Great article, as per usual Valerie.
    I’ve recently watched a YouTube video and am reading the book “Caesar’s Messiah: The roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus” by Joseph Atwill.
    If you have seen the documentary or read the book, would you drop me an email telling me what you think of Atwill’s remarkably telling book about the real origins of Xtianity? Just a sentence or two will suffice.
    Go Seahawks.
    Best wishes,
    A great fan, George


  4. bscritic says:

    I appreciate your goal to focus on how people relate rather than what they believe because that would seem to create less division. However, I was frustrated with your willingness to agree with the radio host when I thought he was still advocating a “word-of-God” view of the Bible. I kept wishing you would make it clear that taking the Bible as ancient writings of ordinary, fallible people makes it irrelevant how we translate or interpret the words because they do NOT have a supernatural or spiritual meaning. We may find things in those writings that we find insightful, useful or even wise, just as we might in any writing. We may also find things that are ignorant, archaic, wrong, or abhorrent. We should not credit the Bible with more wisdom than it deserves. No matter what the original writers intended to convey to their ancient audiences in their pre-scientific cultures, modern Christians still use the Bible to justify horribly harmful attitudes and behaviors, especially toward females and children, and especially by those who begin with a belief that the Bible is the infallible word of God. I loved your comment that “If you worship an iron-age text, you get an iron-age worldview.” I don’t think that idea or several other excellent ideas got through to the host/apologist. He seemed to keep searching for commonality that wasn’t really there.

    I love virtually everything you write. I was just disappointed in the radio discussion. However, thanks for doing the interview.


  5. Jeanne Meyers says:

    Please change my email address to and delete the address

    thanks for all you do. j


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