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'Bible Belt' meets 'Borscht Belt'
Rachel Held Evans is the author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood."
December 28th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

'Bible Belt' meets 'Borscht Belt'

By Michael Schulder, CNN

(CNN)– Something tells me if Rachel Held Evans were my childrens' Sunday School teacher they'd never want to miss a Sunday.

Evans is an evangelical Christian and my family is Jewish.

Evans lives in the town where the term Bible Belt was coined* and my father was a professional standup comic who worked the buckle of the Borscht Belt in New York's Catskill Mountains.

But Evans bridges the divide between the belts in her new book, The Year of Biblical Womanhood, the result of an experiment in which she lived the Old and New Testament's instructions for women as literally as possible for an entire year.

As Evans tells us in this week's audio show, CNN Profiles, she aims to "teach the gospel of Jesus with humor." That's hard to do without offending some people.  Evans does have her critics, but she has an ark full of followers too.

Listen to the the CNN Profile of Rachel Held Evans at CNN Radio's Soundwaves.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Kasandra Grano

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I'm attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    July 14, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  2. Science

    Free speech helps to educate the masses..............POLITICIANS TOO !

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !..................Creationists...........ID believers and christians !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!

    The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
    convictions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

    http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

    Education works for children

    Where do morals come from?.............the answer is not the bible read and find out !

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!...

    Peace.......

    May 6, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  3. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

    Science

    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE&w=640&h=390]

    Holy Hallucinations 35

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XTCRdC8Dlo&w=640&h=390]

    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUliLKSJ4bQ&w=640&h=390]

    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/category/culture-science/

    May 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420 from CheechAndChong

    All cults...........creationists, ID believers and devil cults.................

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Peace

    May 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  4. Philipe12

    Former President Gerald Ford used to trip over his own feet.
    Feet were to Gerald Ford what words were to G Dubya.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  5. Philipe12

    ...and G. Walker Bush is famous for the way he butchers the english language out of his ignorance and very low IQ.
    Most say an IQ of about 165 is needed to become a General commanding an army. President is bigger than General.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Takeamomentbeforeyouspeak

      Are you sure master genius? President is "bigger" than general? Bahahaaa!!! Between you and GW there's one with a Harvard Law diploma...
      Hitler was a masterful orator. Read some of his drivel. Make a real point.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:12 am |
  6. Philipe12

    @Yabba Dabba. Do know that Sam is only reguritating what President Onama said. (during the Obama vs. Keyes debate for the democrat nomination. Keys used his bible during the debate and made it obvious to all that Obama was very ignorant of God's word.
    At the tail end of the debate, Obama proclaimed that voters were voting for a president, not a Christian. (to be a Christian is to be Christ-like. Christ is your leader if you are a Christian. Obama even proclaims Jesus Christ as his master and lord, ya know.
    In truth, President Obama knows the Quran much better than he knows his bible, and he also refused to show US his Christian baptismal certificate. Yes. He speaks near-perfect arabic with zero slang words. He can't say that about his english.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  7. Fame Monitor

    Rachel your 15 minutes are up

    January 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  8. sophia

    BOOTYFUNK DID YOU GET THAT NAME FROM LONG LOST GRADE AND HIGH SCHOOLFRIENDS

    December 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • MARIA

      SOPHIA STOP SHOUTING AT US.

      All caps means shouting. And learn to use the reply button too, stupid.

      December 31, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  9. If no God

    My email address is a27tint4@aim.com if any care to continue this discussion.
    Me? I'm just a student, not a teacher. And it irks me the way "christians" have turned people off to God. That's all. Have a good day, whoever you are.

    December 30, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Henry

      There's no god, and stop fishing with your e-mail address, you loser.

      December 31, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Takeamomentbeforeyouspeak

      Put up or shut up that He isn't just doing precisely what God would do. Giving His creations the same free will and freedom that He loves us with. You ask for verifiable evidence as if you have proof yourself that He doesn't exist. If you'd just posited an intelligent and irrefutable argument, I assure you that some genius before you would've passed it on to the rest of the lesser humans by now. I'll not hold my breath for your proof as it will undoubtedly be rife with comments about what people choose to do or disease that was brought about by our constantly evil selfish actions.
      Those who don't believe, regardless of evidence, will never be convinced, those that believe need no more than that of all creation testifying.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:03 am |
    • End Religion

      "creation" isn't testifying to your god. This is your delusion talking.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Damocles

      Sad when one doesn't take the sound advice offered by his or her own handle.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:08 am |
  10. If no God

    ...but yeah. It's a no-brainer that as long as organized religions are allowed to exist, a true peace cannot possibly be attained.
    Bannish all organized religions. (there are thousands of them all tax-exempt profiteers) If any of them are any good, God Himself will keep them.

    December 30, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Takeamomentbeforeyouspeak

      Absolutely you magnificent mind and answer humanity has waited all this time for!!! Nuke those people that don't think as you do genius. Excellent plan. Until someone decides that what you think is behind all of the problems of the world... Please spend more than a nano second before you decide what empirical truths are actually empirical... and read a history book of the 19th century's governments and their ultimate effects on humanity.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Damocles

      Again, you are not following your handle.

      March 24, 2013 at 1:10 am |
  11. If no God

    Grandma! Grandpa! You finally woke-up! Sheesh! I 'bout wore this old lion out riding around waiting on you old folks. I love you Grandma. (hug) I love you too Grandpa. (hug) OK. ttyl C'mon Johnny! Let's go wrestle that old black bear again.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  12. If no God

    You and I both wish what is best for our family, do we not.
    I say your best wishes aren't your best wishes...that you are holding-back your best wishes for mankind. You wish for mankind's future to be decided by imperfect men and immorality and attack any who say "best wishes" sincerely.
    By FAR the word of God as found written in the bible holds-out the very best wishes. Leaving your "best wishes" in the dust, as it were.
    Your immoral future lloks dark and bleak just as portrayed in your futuristic movies. The future hope held-out in the bible sees little girls riding on the backs of wild animals and little boys playing patty-cake with the cobra...both near the graveyard waiting for Grandma and grandpa resting in peace and just-now being woke-up by our promised Jesus Christ as King.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  13. If no God

    Present day verifiable evidence of immorality holding-out a better future for mankind than God. Go.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Henry

      You are the one making the claims, so you produce the evidence. And remember, extraordinary claims, for sky fairies or other, require extraordinary evidence. So, like Bob said, get on it and put up or give Mommy her keyboard back.

      December 31, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  14. If no God

    At the current (CIA World Factbook) rate at which AIDS is being spread around the world by overly promiscuous se x junkies and needle sharers, by about the year 2027, everyone on earth will have aquired this deadly virus.
    If there is no God, there is simply no future for mankind.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Bob

      Present any verifiable evidence for your god. No one has ever managed to do that, after hundreds of years of wild claims of talking snakes, virgin birth, and rising from the dead, as well as the brutal tales of vicious, vindictive, bible god.

      Christians, get on it: Put up or shut up already.

      December 30, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  15. Police interview

    Ok, Sir. Have a seat right there and we'll get started.
    I'm looking at news video of you and your buddy running away from Sandy Hook Elementary School after you both heard shots being fired at schoolchildren. Is that right?
    "Ken. Is right...errr, Is right yes."
    Well, I see nothing wrong with two able-bodied men running away and abandoning schoolschildren in danger. You are free to go. WAIT! have you been searched for weapons yet?
    "Yes no uzzi."

    December 30, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Akira

      Saw this on another blog.
      You forgot the ending, when you implied that the shooter was Jewish.

      December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  16. Bob

    Present verifiable evidence for your god. No one has ever managed to do that, after hundreds of years of wild claims of talking snakes, virgin birth, and rising from the dead, as well as the brutal tales of vicious, vindictive, bible god.

    Christians, get on it: Put up or shut up already.

    December 30, 2012 at 9:46 am |
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