Quoting Quiverfull: Hive Minded Distancing From “Patriarchal”?

Quoting Quiverfull: Hive Minded Distancing From “Patriarchal”? May 3, 2014

Another prominent Biblical Patriarchal leader denouncing the word.

by  James McDonald of  Family Reformation Magazine and the Providence Church – The “P” Word

And, so it is with the “P” word; the word we know as patriarchy. In our day, patriarchy is quickly becoming a pejorative. It has come to mean, “selfish, overbearing tyrant who seeks to dominate and suppress women and children.” And, let’s be clear, there are those who embrace that term and fit the bill. They have behaved as if the world revolves around them and that women and children exist only to serve them.

However, the true definition of the term patriarchy does not refer to a position of dominance, rather it refers to a position of servanthood. The word comes from two Greek words: patria, which means father, and arche, which means to rule.  In other words, patriarchy refers to a government where the father is responsible before God for the nurture and care of those placed under his charge. Serious stuff.

Read the full blog post at the Providence Church website

Our Libby Anne has written a thought-provoking article pointing out that all these various patriarchal ministries distancing themselves from the word ‘Patriarchy’ are still patriarchal. Read it at Libby Anne’s site Love, Joy, Feminism – The Shell Game Revealed.

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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  • Mirella222

    Patriarchy is founded entirely upon the belief that women and children exist only to serve men. The men have the veto power, the final say on all decisions. So even a “benevolent” patriarch is only going to be benevolent so long as he and his wife are in agreement; because the moment she disagrees with him, he’ll stomp all over her and do what he wants anyway, because he’s the man and he makes the decisions. So really, there is no such thing as a “benevolent” patriarch; only wives whose levels of submission vary. Which is why a submissive wife is so important in this subculture, because if the man is always going to get his way anyways, a wife with her own opinions is a waste of time. Also, patriarchy literally means “father rule”; it implies nothing about God, only about the father having absolute authority over his wife and children. Stop trying to make words mean what they don’t.

  • “However, the true definition of the term patriarchy does not refer to a position of dominance, rather it refers to a position of servanthood. The word comes from two Greek words: patria, which means father, and arche, which means to rule. ”

    It means to rule. It does not mean servanthood. Rulers are indeed the people who dominate.

    Can you think of a list of people who somehow tried to distance themselves from patriarchy, or reclaim the word, recently?

    James McDonald, Kevin Swanson …

  • Independent Thinker

    I keep thinking the goal is rebranding instead of change.

  • Allison the Great

    It’s not really distancing oneself from that word, but full on denial of what that word really means so that person who follows this ideology can keep doing what he’s doing but not have anyone bother him about it.

  • persephone

    Yeah, no.

  • Allison the Great

    Yes, the mentality that we all know is behind patriarchy – hatred of women, the need to “keep them in their place” – will never disappear. They don’t want it to disappear, but now they’re just covering their asses because one of them got caught doing what most of them probably do.

  • Saraquill

    By this logic, black is white, freedom is slavery, and peace is shooting someone into a holey pulp.

  • B.E. Miller

    War is Peace! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength.