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May 14, 2018

In our second Season Two bonus episode, we talk to author and editor Joy Beth Smith about the frustrations of dating as a Christian and her insights into sexuality and what it means to be human. This was a fun and enlightening conversation. We hope you enjoy it!


Assumptions is sponsored by ATB Financial’s Entrepreneur Centre (check out ATB Cares) and the Alberta Podcast Network (this week we describe the show That’s So Maven). Check out the CKUA app, where you can listen to Assumptions and all the other Alberta Podcast Network shows.

Show Notes:

Our guest today is Joy Beth Smith. Joy Beth is a managing editor with Christianity Today and the author of Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Virginian Pilot, and Christ and Pop Culture, and has been featured in The Atlantic.

Check out a few of her articles relevant to this conversation, including ‘Just a little touching’: My own pastor excused my sexual assault and Fat. Single. Christian. In church, being overweight and dating feels like a sin.

Once again, here is the Purple Red Scale referred to on the show and more information about the Kinsy Scale.

We reference our recent interview with Wesley Hill.

Joy Beth refers to, but doesn’t recommend the book How To Get a Date Worth Keeping.

Daniel makes a veiled reference to this terrific Portlandia skit.

You can find Joy Beth by looking up @JBsTwoCents on your favorite social media. 



Assumptions is written and produced by Daniel Melvill Jones and Kyle Marshall.

This episode edited by Kyle Marshall.

Our soundtrack comes from The Parson Red Heads.

Podcast artwork designed by Chris Taniguchi.

Photography by Josh Boak

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