The Three Weavers, part I: Introducing a Morality Tale

The Three Weavers

So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. As a teenager, my ideas about love and romance were actually influenced just as much by Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 purity morality tale, The Three Weavers, as they were by Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye. This was brought to mind recently by a series in which blogger Lana of Wide Open Ground has been running … [Read more...]

Homeschooling under the Influence

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After I wrote my posts on academics and socialization, I realized that there is another way homeschooling affected my life---and it's no less significant. In fact, it's a whole lot more significant. Quite simply, homeschooling affected my life because it changed my parents. When I was born, my parents were fairly ordinary evangelical Christians. That didn't last. Their involvement in the homeschool movement introduced them to new ideas they had not before been exposed to---ideas put forward by … [Read more...]

Christian Patriarchy and Gender: Contentment v. Ambition

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For as long as I can remember, I heard the values of contentment extolled. Contentment, contentment, contentment, contentment, contentment. Growing up in a family influenced by the Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy movements, contentment was something preached on a daily basis. I learned very early that I must be content.But you know what? This isn't what the guys around me were being told. While I was being taught to be content, they were being taught to be ambitious. They had to find jobs … [Read more...]

Vision Forum, Militias, Dominionism, and Weaponry

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A reader left the following comment on my post on Vision Forum and gender roles: My goodness, the almost single-minded emphasis on violence in the boys’ toys is seriously disturbing! That emphasis is not accidental. Christian Patriarchy organization Vision Forum uses the term "dominion" without any intended irony, and it's not the only leading organization in the Christian Patriarchy movement to be so focused on weapons and military training. Here's a paragarph from an article Doug Wilson post … [Read more...]

Vision Forum Builds “Manhood” in the Wilderness

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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...]

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

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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...]

Rethinking Vision Forum website updated

Vision Forum

Vision Forum is probably the number one Christian Patriarchy organization in the U.S. The company, which sells books, DVDs, and other products and puts on conferences across the country, is extremely popular in homeschool circles. Rethinking Vision Forum is a website aimed at gathering articles expressing concerns about Vision Forum from across the web and compiling them in one place.Rethinking Vision Forum recently got a site makeover and some updates. I'd encourage you all to head over and … [Read more...]


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