A non-theist, who was once an evangelical, interviews Rachel Held Evans

May 19, 2015

Valerie Tarico, a psychologist and writer, and Rachel Held Evans, a popular Christian blogger and author, have much in common. Both are women who grew up in evangelicalism and dared to ask questions about God, the Bible, and their religious tradition.  Both graduated from evangelical colleges.  Both have written books about where their questions have taken them. But the conclusions they reached were altogether different. (Tarico’s story of leaving her Christian faith can be read here and here. Three of Evans’s books are reviewed on our website here, here, and Searching for Sunday here.)

I’ve been reading the writings of both women for years so was fascinated to find their names linked together on an AlterNet post, as Tarico interviews Evans. I think you’ll find it as interesting as I did.

Read Valerie Tarico’s post on AlterNet, today’s Link of the Day:  “Can This Woman Make Evangelical Christianity Sane Again?”


Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


  1. Thanks for posting this. Rachel Held Evans has such a succinct way of expressing her faith. Two quotes stand out for me:

    “RHE: What troubles me is the notion that we can somehow read a sacred text without interpreting it. People say they are just reading the text. That’s not possible. The idea that we can approach a text without bringing our imperfect often greedy often selfish selves to it…”

    “RHE: …As a Christian, as a follower of Jesus, I think it’s appropriate to think of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of scripture, that in his life and death he put into practice what scripture was meant to teach us.”


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