Patriarchy: Character Flaws or Systemic Problems?

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Back in 2010, author and speaker Stacy MacDonald offered the following definitions: Patriarchy - Father-rule (lead, love, sacrifice, provide, disciple, cherish, faithful, tender)Patriocentric - Father-centric (selfish, demanding, egocentric, self-serving, rebellious, arrogant, lazy, harsh, tyrant) In the comments, a reader asks Stacey this: So what would your counsel be to a woman who was married to a patrio-centric husband? What are your thoughts? Should a biblically-submitted wife r … [Read more...]

The Patriarchal Man’s Burden

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Homeschool leader James McDonald recently wrote a post defending his use of the word "patriarchy." And, so it is with the “P” word; the word we know as patriarchy. In our day, patriarchy is quickly becoming a pejorative. It has come to mean, “selfish, overbearing tyrant who seeks to dominate and suppress women and children.” And, let’s be clear, there are those who embrace that term and fit the bill. They have behaved as if the world revolves around them and that women and children exist only to … [Read more...]

Castaways

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As I listened to the song Oh Rebecca last week, I began to cry. I played it again, and again, More tears, more feeling. Finally I began to write. Within only a few minutes I had composed what follows, a lament of sorts very different from my usual style. We look out upon a landscape we never expected. We can tell from the air around us that something is fundamentally broken and fractured. In front of us there is wilderness, and it is beautiful, but it also dramatic and bold in a way that can … [Read more...]

The Shell Game Revealed

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I really didn't expect to see Christian homeschool leaders out-and-out reveal that, in the wake of the Doug Phillips scandal, they're dumping the word patriarchy but keeping the ideas behind it. I mean it's pretty clear that a lot of them are doing that, but they're generally doing it in a shell game sort of way as though no one will notice. But not all are taking that approach. Commenting on her husband's blog, homeschool author and speaker Stacy McDonald had this to say:Well then. That … [Read more...]

Crosspost: What “Christian Patriarchy” Is Not

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By R.L. StollarOriginally posted on Homeschoolers Anonymous“Patriarchy” has suddenly become a dirty word in the homeschooling movement. Whereas a short while ago it was a badge of honor, a symbol of pure righteous manliness, now leaders are scrambling to distance themselves from this word. They are swearing left and right that they aren’t “it” and they never were “it” and gosh, why are people saying they are? They have been so gracious about “allowing” their daughters the privilege of wea … [Read more...]

No True Patriarch

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Okay, I give up.In the wake of the Doug Phillips scandal, Colorado homeschool leader Kevin Swanson, who runs Generations with Vision, has declared that that he is not what he calls a "patriarchal-ist." Why? Because Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were called patriarchs, so it would be wrong of him to assume this level of importance! Because his adult daughter went on a mission trip to Uganda!Oh, but, he explains, he does think women need to submit to their husbands as outlined in Eph. 5:22-33, … [Read more...]

I Just Wanted Someone to Take Care of Me

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I remember feeling very sorry for my brothers as a child. They would have to grow up to work a job and support a family. They would have to be the one in front with the baseball bat if there was a home intrusion. They would have to make the big, scary decisions. Not me. I would be taken care of. I would stay at home and read books to my children, plant an herb garden and sew new dresses, read my Bible in the early morning and obey my husband. Unlike them, you see, I was a girl.I liked the … [Read more...]


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