“Thus Male Headship” – Christianity and Gender Essentialism

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsMy last two posts have involved the use of sociological studies by Christians, in support of the doctrine of male headship, known in its harsher and gentler forms, respectively, as "Christian patriarchy" or "complementarianism."  Using science as a support for our premises is very characteristic of the culture of Western thought in which most of us have been steeped since birth. And of course, rebutting or debunking the science or scientific methodology behind premises we disagree with, comes from the same basic mindset.The problem, as I mentioned in my last post, is when we pounce on evidence that seems to support our own pos … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Time to Overthrow Heathens?

by Colin Campbell from Above Rubies Meat For Men - Now Is The Time!Sounds like Colin is calling for armed revolt against the government and/or non-believers. Scary. I realize he's referring to prayer, but the language sounds almost like he's calling for more than prayer. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Defending Jessa’s ‘Holocaust’ Statement?

by Jessa Duggar's soon-to-be father in law Michael Seewald - Jessa Duggar Slammed By Hitler's DoppelgangersApparently Jill Filipovic at Cosmopolitan magazine online took offense at Jessa Duggar's parrotting of her father's view on of abortion and the disgraceful comparison of abortion to the Holocaust. She wrote a response - Jessa Duggar Compares Holocaust to Abortion - a thoughtful, measured and reasoned response to the simplistic views of Miss Duggar. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Jessa Duggar and the Holocaust

Have been avoiding posting this on NLQ because it's so disgraceful, displaying a lack of knowledge, historical perspective or understanding on the part of Jessa Duggar. Plus, I hate giving space to any one in the Christian Patriarch Movement that violates Godwin's Law, making their arguments invalid by referencing Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust. But it keeps popping up on all sorts of sites and links. … [Read more...]

News: Hillsong United Pastor Being Investigated For Possible Abuse

Looks like Brian Houston, Hillsong Senior Pastor, is in trouble for how the church handled allegations of sexual abuse against children by his father Frank Houston, founder of Hillsong and others connected to the church.  Looks like their parent organization, the Assemblies of God, may also be culpable as well.Sounds more than just a little incestous in the leadership of the AOG and Hillsong - … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: It’s All About Sex With the Duggars?

from US Weekly Magazine Issue 1025 October 6, 2014 – The Duggars Rules of RomanceThe article in US Weekly is like the gift that keeps on giving stupid all the time. From another small side panel in the article. … [Read more...]

Accountable To Whom?

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalIt continues to disturb me how many parallels there are between my church experience and the continuing Mars Hill drama! … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Did The Duggar Modesty-Scale Change?

If memory serves me correctly in the early days of the Duggar family television specials makeup was distinctly frowned up, but if the US Weekly article is anything to go by that has changed as well as many other things. Remember when Michelle and all the girls wore those loose sack-like jumpers with huge 'countenance-enhancing' collars? But then again, many Evangelical women I knew (including myself) once dressed like that. It was the uniform of the Good Christian Woman(tm) at one time.Below is a list of Duggar rules on dress from US Weekly Magazine Issue 1025 October 6, 2014 – The Duggars Rules of Romance … [Read more...]

Born Secondary

Ophelia Benson of The Free Thinker has written an awesome take down of the blog post we shared a small part of recently by Karl Heitman. You remember Karl? He's the pastor that said he would not allow his daughter to go to college if her motives were not right.  Here is what Ophelia had to say about Heitman's upset at the idea of women being educated like men are: What he means, of course, is that the idea that girls and women are human beings just as boys and men are, and should have access to education just as boys and men do, has infiltrated the Christian culture so thoroughly that even Christians are shocked that he plans to prevent his daughter from getting an education. There's a n … [Read more...]

“Men Need Respect, Women Need Love” – Really?

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsAn anonymous commenter on my last blog post told me this: God, in His wisdom, made man the head of the union between man and his wife. He has created a desire in the woman to be loved, and in the man to be respected, and there is no amount of social re-engineering that can change that. This seems to me to be a good opportunity to address the whole love-vs-respect idea that most male-headship proponents espouse.  Where does this idea come from, that God made women to need love more than respect, and men to need respect more than love-- and that this is a basis for belief in male headship?The chief source of this idea … [Read more...]