This news article on the co-founder of Mars Hill Church's new book caught my attention. I was able to read this article from the Seattle Times on their take on the book, I'm not sure I'll be able to stomach actually reading the book. The summary piece about men, not women, leading their households and churches is off-putting already. From that starting point alone, it's apparent the book is not founded on any scientific findings about healthy relationships (that equality in relationships is important to happiness and sustainability). Yet, I'm intrigued on what married couple Mark and Grace Driscoll are advocating. Is it friendship? A commitment to each other? And, the Seattle Times articles indicates there is a lot of talk about sex. Could it be possible that they really are promoting a healthy examination of religious teachings of sex as suggested by the coverage of their new book?
Was watching a repeat episode of the Big Bang Theory today, and I found Amy's retort about the unnecessary nature of romantic relationships funny. I found it hilarious. Below is the scene:
Scene: The stairwell. Amy is sitting on the bottom step.
Sheldon (wearing a heavy coat and false nose and glasses): EZ Aquarii B, EZ Aquarii C, excuse me, madam.
Amy: I believe a misunderstanding may have occurred when I asked you to meet my mother.
Sheldon: No misunderstanding. I’ve learned what that request actually means, and I don’t want to be joined to another object by an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis.
Amy: In what way are you screwed? All I want to do is present you as my boyfriend to my mother so she’ll be satisfied that I’m in a relationship.
Sheldon: So we’d be perpetrating a ruse?
Sheldon: And you haven’t fallen hopelessly in love with me?
Amy: Don’t be absurd. I find the notion of romantic love to be an unnecessary cultural construct that adds no value to human relationships.
Sheldon: Amy Farrah Fowler, that’s the most pragmatic thing anyone has ever said to me.
Amy: I trust this clarification allows us to return to boy-slash-friend-slash-girl-slash-friend status.
Sheldon: Of course. Would you like to join me for Chinese food?
Amy: Sheldon, please, you’re suffocating me.
Sheldon: My apologies. Good night, Amy.
Amy: Good night, Sheldon.
A nice follow-up piece by NPR today about teens views on Chris Brown and Rihanna. Annoyingly, most teens continue to blame Rihanna for the incident rather than the perpetrator of the crime. The article references his lyrics promoting unhealthy relationship dynamics and you can check those out here: Deuces (Brown). I wonder what it would take to actually change teen perspectives en mass on this topic.....