What’s in a name? Honor, Providence, and Arrow

Vision Forum

I knew three different girls named Mercy as a child, though Bible names were more common in my community. For every Faith or Patience or Grace, there were half a dozen Elijahs and Hannahs and Rebeccas. But there were no Tiffanys or Stephanies or Ryans. Names are very important in families in the orbit of the Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy movements. Let me offer an example. Doug Phillips is the president of Vision Forum. His children are named Joshua, Justice, Liberty, Jubilee, Faith … [Read more...]

What Quiverfull Christians Believe about Birth Control

Birth control

I just found a video via No Longer Quivering that summarizes everything Quiverfull Christians believe about birth control. I remember being told most, though not quite all, of the things in this video. The video is provocatively titled "You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception." The video is shamelessly opposed to all contraception, and at one point argues that we are "contracepting ourselves out of existence." (I've written before about the Quiverfull movement's claims that we are … [Read more...]

Quiverfull families and the federal income tax

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I found Romney's obtuse comment that the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are all dependents on the government and will vote for Obama no matter what extremely ironic. You know why? Because most families in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement don't pay federal income taxes, and there is no way any one of them would consider voting for Obama in their wildest dreams (rather, they generally see him as pure evil) or consider themselves dependent on the government, for … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Chryssie’s Story

Chryssie

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series. Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like. In an effort to be anonymous, I’ll go by Chryssie, and I am 21. I am the oldest of 9; 5 boys and 4 girls. I recently got married as of … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Kiery’s Story

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A post in the Raised Quiverfull series. Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like. I’m 21, married and building my empire, which is a fancy way of saying I’m employing myself while not making very much money. I have … [Read more...]

Airplanes and me; Or, what a BIG family means

big family

The other day I was talking to a friend about how much I would love to live on one of the coasts someday. I expressed some concern about the idea, though, because it would mean living so far away from all of our family, possibly even requiring numerous days of driving to come for a visit. "Why wouldn't you just fly?" my friend asked, confused. And I just looked at her. "Oh." See, growing up in a family with a dozen or more kids meant that flying was never an option, ever. But with only two kids, … [Read more...]

It was like leaving my own children

daughters

Reader Rebecca recently posted a comment I really identify with: I always say that I was a homeschooler in the most steriotypical kind of way – the denim jumper-wearing, granola-eating, flour-grinding type. And then sometimes I clarify further by mentioning that my parents also didn’t believe in birth control. I dearly wish that, like Latebloomer, that I would come across as normal, but I’m pretty convinced by now, after years of striving to blend in, that I have have some kind of aura … [Read more...]


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