Bill Gothard has negatively affected my life…Part 1

by Shadow SpringI started this blog to have a space to write about how patriarchal fundamentalist thought had affected my marriage and resulted in disaster on many levels. The truth is that patriarchal fundamentalist thought had already wreaked havoc on my life before I even met my husband, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Winning Your Father’s Heart?

by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin from Visionary Daughters - "Visionary Daughters Interviewed" We see a particular need for girls to build better relationships with their fathers, as the effects of this relationship spill over into so many other areas of their lives — they way they view God, the way they relate to men, the way they view themselves, … [Read more...]

The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence

by SamanthaI’ve talked a lot about the fundamentalist cult I was raised in, but something I don’t very frequently talk about here is my experience with the conservative religious homeschooling movement. For many people, the conservative religious homeschooling movement … [Read more...]

This is NOT Homeschooling: Is HSLDA Part of a “Bible-Based Cult”?

by Heather DoneyThis may be the most important and most scary post on homeschooling that I have ever written. It feels like something out of a Margaret Atwood novel and I am numb as I write this, so please bear with me. The title of this post is not rhetorical. It is a question I am actively pondering at the moment. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Woman, It’s STILL Your Fault Maybe?

From yesterday's Quoting Quiverfull by Nathaniel Darnell  on Persevero News. This is a comment that the writer of the piece Nathaniel Darnell made to a divorced homeschooling momma's question in the comments. I am sorry to hear that your husband has divorced you. This is a shame. Even so, however, my statement is still true as I explain below. … [Read more...]

Introducing Homeschooling’s Invisible Children

by Heather DoneyToday I am proud to unveil a collaborative project called Homeschooling’s Invisible Children (HIC). It is a website that collects horrific abuse and neglect cases, including deaths, of children who were homeschooled or whose parents claimed to be homeschooling them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Not “Properly” Homeschooling Your Children

by Nathaniel Darnell crossposted at Persevero News Today many “homeschoolers” only teach their children academics at home. Many “homeschoolers” over-delegate the actual training time to other people. These families are failing to follow God’s design for family training, particularly if they are not personally directing biblical instruction … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Pouring Into?

by Voddie Baucham in film Return of the Daughters“I don’t know why we allow ourselves to be poured into the world’s mold that somehow says to go out and pour your life into a stranger … [Read more...]

The Sickness of “Faith Healing”

by Becoming Worldly First off, let me say I have no problem with prayers for sick or hurting people. You want to pray about an injury or illness? Go for it. Want to request prayers or offer to pray? Go ahead on that too. I’m cool with it. You can pray for me too if you’d like, anytime. … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with the church ranged from financial to emotional to practical to ideological. There’s not a clear, linear story from here on out, just a constellation. But I’ve decided that it’s high time to tie up the loose ends and explain how, exactly, I cut and run.When I first went to college, my mother still picked me up for our weekly drive to church. In fact, the first … [Read more...]