Raised Quiverfull: Marriage

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In many ways, every Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull couple has a different dynamic. What sort of a dynamic did your parents have? Was one more sold on the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology than the other? Or, if you grew up in a broken family, how did this affect your experience? Joe: When Mama discovered patriarchy, my parents were already divorced.  My dad had attended an IBLP Basic seminar as a young college student.  He brought the materials home to his dad who promptly threw it a … [Read more...]

Rebutting Ken Ham’s Response

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So you remember my Why I Am An Atheist post from last week? Apparently it came to the attention of Answers in Genesis researcher Dr. Georgia Purdom. She wrote a blog post bearing the title Answers in Genesis and Libby's Journey to Atheism in response, and then Ken Ham himself picked up my story and wrote his own response. I will respond to each, starting with Dr. Purdom's post since it came first.1. Creationism is only based on the Bible, physical evidence is irrelevant Libby seems to have … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Church


What sort of a church did your family go to while you were growing up? Were the other families who attended the church also involved in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement? Joe: Before my parents divorced in 1987, we attended an American Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  It was quite a liberal church.  They had a female pastor and preached about cultural issues with little Scripture, along with the typical Lutheran liturgical traditions. A highlight of my life there was … [Read more...]

The Purity Culture and Sexual Incompatibility

I was raised in what I call "the purity culture." I knew that some people argued that premarital sex was important in order to see if two people were sexually compatible. I'd heard the idea that you should "try a shoe on before you buy it." However, I was taught that those ideas were dead wrong.I don't remember the specific reason I was told that those arguments were wrong. There was the "why would you marry someone based on how the sex is" line and the "but you'd never know the difference … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Introductory Questions Complete

The Introductory Questions section of the Raised Quiverfull project is now completed and posted. Next week we'll move on to the Living the Life section. In case you missed any of the posts this past week, here are some ways to view them:For a summary of this section with links to the responses for each question, click here.For the questions and responses for this section combined on a single page, click here. … [Read more...]

More on excuses made for child molesters

A few days ago I put up a post looking at the excuses some conservative Christian commenters on this post used to defend accused child molester Tom White. I summarized the excuses listed as follows:Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Judge not lest you be judged. We are all capable of anything. We must pray for our “fallen brother.”Since writing that post I've thought of a few more - both thanks to my commenters and thanks to further introspection on my part. … [Read more...]

America is “gone” because women “are taking over”

Don't watch this if you're worried about your blood pressure.This guy is not just some quack. It's really appalling that someone can say these things and actually have people look up to and respect them. He even says that women shouldn't be able to vote. And you know what? His organization is beloved of the Republican Party leadership. We still have so far to go, folks, so far to go."This is how evil is coming in. It's through the woman." … [Read more...]