Duggar 101 – Understanding the Duggar Family

RedeemingDinahby Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her website Redeeming Dinah

Editor’s note: This is part of a presentation that Cindy Kunsman is giving this weekend in Dallas at the annual meeting of the organization ICSA. Another NLQ featured author, Cindy Foster of Finding Fundamental, is on one of the panels Cindy Kunsman is moderating. We will be sharing Ms. Kunsman’s presentations over the next few weeks.

All images by Cindy Kunsman from Redeeming Dinah and used with permission.

VIEW ENTIRE CLIP Featuring Vyckie Garrison HERE.

To truly understand the motivations and the life of the Duggar Family, one must understand that they are, first and foremost, followers of the elitist Independent Fundamental Baptist minister, Bill Gothard. They not only participate in his homeschooling program, but they also follow his comprehensive lifestyle program. Gothard appeals to the age group and demographic of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (the parents) by offering allegedly foolproof ways of raising Christian families whose children will continue on in the Christian faith. He’s best known for his simple steps and formulas for solving any complex problem in life, throughout life.

To Evangelicals like the Duggars, restoring their church and their culture through the traditiaonal family depends on adherence to extreme patriarchal beliefs and purity standards. Believing that secular society poses grave threats to their efforts, their religious movement soon demanded large family size as a primary strategy. The imperative serves to both advance Christian political causes and demonstrate individual holiness within their subculture.

Please browse through the tabs above (on the site Redeeming Dinah links bar at the top of the site) to better understand the leaders and religious movements to which the Duggar Family ascribes.
As you do, please consider what might have happened to their son if the family had not enjoyed wealth and celebrity status within their religious system. In response to the sex abuse situation in the home, Josh Duggar could have met with a much different fate. His mother’s false reference to a “training center” in the 2006 police investigation suggests that her son could have landed in one of Gothard’s behavior modification facilities/programs or one of the IFB’s Roloff Homes in the Troubled Teen Industry.

 

RG

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Cindy is a member of the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network.

Cynthia Mullen Kunsman is a nurse (BSN), naturopath (ND) and seminary graduate (MMin) with a wide variety of training and over 20 years of clinical experience. She has used her training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a lecturer and liaison to professional scientific and medical groups, in both academic and traditional clinical healthcare settings. She also completed additional studies in the field of thought reform, hypnotherapy for pain management, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is often associated with cultic group involvement. Her nursing experience ranges from intensive care, the training of critical care nurses, hospice care, case management and quality management, though she currently limits her practice to forensic medical record review and evaluation. Most of her current professional efforts concern the study of manipulative and coercive evangelical Christian groups and the recovery process from both thought reform and PTSD.

She blogs at Under Much Grace and Redeeming Dinah.


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