Quoting Quiverfull: What is Quiverfull?

Quoting Quiverfull: What is Quiverfull? February 19, 2013

by Jimbob and Michelle Duggar pages 92 to 93 in their book “A Love That Multiples”

We find it amusing how many reporters copy and paste information they find about us that someone else has copied and pasted without checking the facts. For instance, even though Wikipedia and some Internet blogs report that we are part of a Quiver Full movement, we are not. We are simply Bible-believing Christians who desire to follow God’s Word and apply it to our lives. God says children are a gift and a blessing, and we believe it.

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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.

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  • It’s sort of like saying you’re not a feminist even though you believe men and women should be equal.

    They may not want to identify with the movement, but the shoe fits. They probably think the word “movement” implies a temporary fad created by humans, whereas their beliefs are a timeless statute of God.

  • Tori

    They are splitting hairs. She says “part of the Quiverfull MOVEMENT” they may not be part of an official quiverfull “movement” but they are still quiverfull. As she said, they believe “children are a blessing from the lord”… and how does that sentence normally end? Which passage does it come from?

  • Sorry she doesn’t get to define the words. If she believes its a Biblical mandate for her to keep having children even when she has so many, then she’s quiverfull. They also admit on nearly every page of their book that they follow ATI and Bill Gothard, and Gothard is a Quiverfull leader. He taught the rules about sex that they follow (see advance training textbook on not having sex 40 days after giving birth to a son, 80 days after a daughter, which the Duggars say they follow). Gothard teaches to get a reversal in order to have children. They follow him, so they can’t deny any links to the movement. Finally, they are not just a normal family who happens to have a bunch of kids. Those kinds of families exists, but ones who are homeschooled, sheltered from public school peers, and wear only dresses don’t fit that label.

  • Saraquill

    Is it me, or are they subtly saying that people who are not like them aren’t Christians?

  • Persephone

    I think they’re afraid it will affect ratings. Right now their non-quiverfull fans mostly think of them as Christians with a few extreme views. If they identify with quiverfull, then all the related labels could cause them real problems. They’re almost certainly dominionists, but they’ll never say it. They don’t really mention their political views. You never see them blanket training, although they’ve said that do it. Most people would be horrified to watch a baby being spanked. It’s the only way they can pay for all those kids God blessed them with.

  • Persephone

    Well, yeah. They look forward to the day they are rewarded and they can watch from Heaven as the rest of us burn.