Mark Driscoll (Re)Invents Patriarchy

You know what is interesting? Essentially every time conservative evangelical leaders wax on about patriarchy, they act like what they're preaching is new and shiny and totally different from that bad woman-hating patriarchy thing we had in the past. As an example of this, I give you Mark Driscoll's January sermon, "Real Men: Men and Marriage," which Ahab of the Republic of Gilead has transcribed for us. In it, Driscoll preaches the same-old age-old patriarchy but appears to think that what he's … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum Builds “Manhood” in the Wilderness

I talked just the other day about the strict emphasis leading Christian Patriarchy organization Vision Forum places on gender roles. One thing I mentioned briefly was the Hazardous Journeys Society. This organization was formed in order to help boys learn to be men in a society Vision Forum views as increasingly feminized.To be perfectly honest, the Hazardous Journeys Society makes me think of the Boy Scouts, founded during the age of British Imperialism out of concerns that civilized … [Read more...]


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What’s the most important thing about you? Oh right.

Vision Forum. When the catalog hit our counters we kids always crowded around. Or, I should say, catalogs. There were three. The first included books, mostly on theology and family living. Also videos and CDs. Mom and dad bought a lot of things from that catalog. The second was the All-American Boys Adventure catalog. That's the one we kids fought over. Wrist rockets, science kids, water canteens four outside explorations . . . just about every item in that one ended up circled as Christmas … [Read more...]


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In Defense of Susan Pevensie

I read the Chronicles of Narnia over again and again and again as a child. My dad read them aloud to us, and we read them to ourselves, and then we acted them out in the woods, creating wooden swords and bows and going on adventures. The oldest four of us, two boys and two girls, took on the roles of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. This meant that I was Susan.I felt very conflicted about being Susan. On the one hand, I loved Susan - strong and beautiful and brave, one of the kings and queens … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: On Expectations

When I post a collection of blog posts and articles that I consider "worthwhile reads" I generally try to come up with a theme that unites them. These three posts all have this in common: They all deal with expectations. Danielle dissects an e-card on fathers and daughters, Haley explains that parenting is about being willing to let your children write their own lives, and Vjorak asks just what evangelicals and fundamentalists mean when they argue that Christianity has been "banned from the … [Read more...]


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Worshiping the Man: Christian Patriarchy as Idolatry

I just realized something that should have been obvious a long time ago. Christian Patriarchy is idolatry.See, Sarah Over the Moon recently wrote a piece in which she argued that picturing God as male, in the shape of a man, and speaking of him as king or father is idolatrous because it makes God into a man, brings God down to an earthly level, instead of understanding God as "an analogy that aids human understanding and breaks earthly power structures." In other words, patriarchy lowers God … [Read more...]


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Just Obey: Christian Patriarchy as Spiritual Abuse

I have heard the term "spiritual abuse" thrown around the blogosphere lately and I just realized that I wasn't really sure of a good definition of the term. I did some digging around on the internet and found a variety of definitions and aspects. There doesn't seem to be one consensus on what the term means, exactly. Some bloggers give it a wide definition while others give it a very narrow one.But as I thought about spiritual abuse, I kept coming back to one thing. Spiritual abuse involves … [Read more...]


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