NLQ Question of the Week: Why is Anger so Feared?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Today's question is why is anger so feared and discouraged in Quiverfull life? Seems in the real world that anger does hold a legitimate place, can be a catalyst for real change, forward momentum instead of always being destructive. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Teaching Girls It’s Okay To Be Angry

by Soraya Chemaly from Role Reboot - Does Your Daughter Know It's OK To Be Angry?Editor's note: What do you think about this? Is teaching our daughters to own their feelings something we need to do more of? Especially when coming out of fundamentalist cult religions anger can be a scary unpleasant thing. Food for thought this Thursday morn. … [Read more...]

Learning to Be Human Again After a Lifetime of Self-Denial

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOriginally written in 2009. Edited for grammar and clarity.Evangelical Christianity teaches that followers of Jesus must practice lives of self-denial. Self is the problem — the flesh wars against the spirit, the spirit wars against the flesh. Far too many Christians, thanks to this teaching, live guilt-ridden lives. Guilt over giving in to the flesh, guilt over letting self have control.It goes something like this… … [Read more...]

How the Evangelical Teaching on Anger Affects the Manner in Which a Person Lives

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserBe ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Ephesian 4:26 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:20Anger is a common human emotion. Each of us handles anger differently.  Some of us are quick-tempered, others internalize anger, and some of us count to ten or use other control techniques. No matter how anger affects us or how we deal with it, we’ve all been angry at one time or another. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 6 – Anger in Children is Purely Selfishness?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Angry ChildrenEditor's note: This bit illustrates the dangerousness of following Pearl's advice. It's so mixed. On one hand you have the wise advice to allow children the freedom to learn consequences but the unspoken threat of training being beating your child with a plastic plumbing line hovers over whatever good advice is contained here. This is exactly the sort of passage that those that follow the Pearl's and claim their advice is good to raise children by will point to in justification if someone dares to say that the Pearl's idea of discipline is abuse disguised as discipline. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Anger in Children is Purely Selfishness?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Angry ChildrenEditor's note: One of the most poisonous ideas yet - "Anger is a generated drama where self is the star—the defender of justice, the conquering aggressor. If feels good to strike a blow for the good guys, to put down the enemy." That's not how anger works for most people, not even when angry over people that refuse to use their turn signals or asshole spouses that inconvenience you by not showing up on time for meals. Both of those are justifiable reasons to experience anger and to say something to the other person if you get a chance. It's not 'generated drama' to stand up for what is right. We all know that Michael has provoked anger … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Anger in Children is Purely Selfishness?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Angry ChildrenEditor's note: Now Mr. Pearl tries to define 'righteous anger' and states how many use the excuse of righteousness in order to impose their own will on others. Pot please meet kettle. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Anger in Children is Purely Selfishness?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Angry ChildrenEditor's note: Continuing on from last week's theme of Michael blaming children for selfishness here's his take on anger, a topic he seems to know a little too well. Too bad he never takes his own advice and observations and applies them to himself. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Why is Anger So Scary in the Evangelical World?

by Johnathan Parnell from John Piper's blog Desiring God - That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant That is the thing with anger, and the thing I needed to learn — perhaps we all could learn — from a scene like the one this angry gentleman put on. Unrighteous anger, no matter where it’s at, is silly. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Anger At God?

by John Piper from his book "The Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence" pages 150 - 151 Anger devours almost all other good emotions. It deadens the soul. It numbs the heart to joy and gratitude and hope and tenderness … [Read more...]