Quoting Quiverfull: Raising Maidens of Virtue?

by Ladies Against Feminism to promote the Kindle edition of their book “Raising Maidens of Virture”

“Our world desperately needs to see the beautiful antithesis of the gospel. Christians need to declare to the lost that femininity is a wonderful part of the image of God: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). As our culture drifts into greater androgyny, what an opportunity we have to show the God-designed delight of womanliness! We need young women who cherish their purity and desire to honor their parents through chaste behavior, speech, and dress. We need girls of character who cultivate their minds and emotions to reflect God’s design with joy, intelligence, and delight.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 

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  • Trollface McGee

    “Our world desperately needs to see the beautiful antithesis of the gospel. ”

    Um.. see…words..have meanings, you don’t just pick a word that sounds good and stick it in a sentence where it makes absolutely no sense just because it looks right. So, she’s saying femininity is the opposite of the gospel which we’re all supposed to believe and follow which means femininity is bad..but beautiful and we need more of it.

    M’thinks we need girls with intelligence, and access to dictionaries.

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha Faurie

    The danger of this is the way it is half-true, and how words like “honor parents” are used deceptively to mean something different from what it means to ordinary Christians.

     

    “Needing to see the gospel” is true, (I don’t thing she means it or understands what she said when calling the antithesis – the opposite – of the gospel beautiful, and I will take her here on what she probably meant) but the gospel means Jesus loves us and our world, and will rescue it and transform us/it into His eternal purpose (on earth as it is in heaven) for it if we let Him take charge.

    The only connection between the gospel and femininity is in how far “femininity” reflects the will of God or how far God wants to transform it. But that is the connection between the gospel and most aspects of life.

    But is it womanly or God-designed to “cherish purity?” Both sexes should live, according to God, pure lives. And Christian purity is much bigger than sexual chastity. But the point is that both a generally pure life and sexual chastity is recommended equally to both genders and is not “womanliness.”

    Neither is it womanly to “honor parents.” Both genders should. (And patriarchy supporters tend to stretch the meaning of honoring parents far beyond what the Bible meant – when Jesus quoted honoring parents to adults, he talked of being willing to provide for them financially, not obeying their words. Mat 15:4-6)

    Yes, women and men should cultivate God’s design. But she pretends to say something about some “Godly womanhood design” while nothing she say is meant – in the Bible – for womanhood rather than manhood.

    She promotes traditions of (wo)men by her words, not living for God regardless of gender.

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    I think the antithesis she is talking about is that between male and female, as depicted in the Gospel (at least, her version of the Gospel). Her phrasing was quite unfortunate.

  • http://www.nightphoenix.com Amaranth

    After a couple readings, I think what she meant was something like “the beautiful antithesis (of the world) that is the gospel”. As in, the gospel is the antithesis of the world. Very unfortunate phrasing indeed :/

  • Laura Turner

    It seems to me that the Patriarchy movement has a false understanding of how God created women and how he perceives their roles. Deborah of the old testament was a judge and a leader of men. Jael deceived Sisera and then took a knife and plunged it into his guts to kill him. I don’t think the Patriarchy would view either woman as feminine. And if women were good only for bearing children, then why so many stories of barren women or women who had only one child–evidently God ordained.

  • Trollface McGee

    I’m sure “antithesis” wasn’t the word she intended to use, and I’d give it more of a pass if this wasn’t a regular occurrence with them picking words like “defrauding” and completely disregarding the definition making my inner Grammar Nazi rather sad.

  • Lolly

    “As our culture drifts into greater androgyny, what an opportunity we have to show the God-designed delight of womanliness! We need young women who cherish their purity and desire to honor their parents through chaste behavior, speech, and dress.”

    Snort. A cultural drift into greater androgyny? In the revered “olden days when things were real, real good”, it was the men who wore the wigs and high heels. Amazingly, even with all those costumes, they managed to figure out who was male and who was female.

    And how is it possible that femininity is a wonderful part of the image of God. According to their own rules, it’s impossible. Women serve men. Period. End of story. Men are in image of God, women are only servants of men. According to the Pearls, women aren’t even supposed to express or follow their own religion, just their man. They can’t even keep their own stories straight.

  • mary

    She’s right, technically- the femininity she describes is absolutely the antithesis of the Gospel. :) And of a decent vocabulary, apparently…..

  • aim2misbehave

    Actually, Jael didn’t stab Sisera in the gut, she pounded a tent peg into his head. Which is one better….


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