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He admitted to NPR in 2016 that the rules he outlined in IKDG were “very speculative.” “I had not walked through that relationship yet myself,” he said.
I hope that going forward, we remember the warnings from many Christians’ reactions IKDG.
Given the strong impact Harris’ book has had on evangelical youth and on the development of evangelicalism’s “purity culture,” Molly’s words are both well-timed and well worth a read.
Part I: Developing Relational Intimacies Part II: Developing Spiritual Intimacy Part III: Developing Emotional Intimacy Part IV: Self-Care and Casting Out Fear Part V: Developing Intellectual Intimacy ————— Molly grew up in southern Louisiana and, after spending college partially (emotionally and physically) frozen in Iowa, somehow ended up in seminary where she’s cuddling her inner demons by moonlight and wrestling her faith by daylight.
So there was no let’s-get-to-know-each-other phase, no let’s-take-it-slow season. Wait a few months before you start to think about the future.” So we started dating, without knowing what the future held. The next few months were beautiful, healing, cleansing. Not necessarily this particular man, but someone who treated me like a daughter of God.
Dating was just intense, intentional and pressure-filled from the beginning. The years passed, and I found I was still scarred and scared from that relationship. After a few months, I sat down again with my mentors.
In trying to warn people of the potential pitfalls of dating, it instilled fear for some—fear of making mistakes or having their heart broken.