More on the Bad News Boors of the Gospel Coalition and Doug Wilson’s demented views on slavery

More on the Bad News Boors of the Gospel Coalition and Doug Wilson’s demented views on slavery July 19, 2012

From Morgan Guyton:

I could say a lot about this, but I don’t have the energy to muster more than a single question. If, as Wilson writes, it is the nature of a man to “penetrate, conquer, colonize, plant” and it is the nature of a woman to “receive, surrender, accept,” then was Jesus being a woman on the cross?

Here’s Matthew Paul Turner:

I find Douglas Wilson’s thoughts about “biblical marriage” to be vile, manipulative, and downright dangerous. There’s so much garbage in those four paragraphs that I have hard time believing that Jared believes them to be helpful on any level to any conversation. … Any time words like power and control and authority and conquers and made-up terms like “true submission” are used in describing the relationship between a husband and wife, you’re not describing God’s ideal. You’re pretty much describing a gateway scenario to emotional, physical, spiritual, sexual, and/or mental abuse inside the confines of a marriage. … It’s sad that we still think it’s “evangelical” to portray God as being “pro male” and a misogynistic deity.

Here’s Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter:

This is what it means to be a God-centered church folks, it’s not god-centered at all, it’s phallus-centered.

Sarah Jones at Anthony B. Susan says much the same, albeit in more academic terms:

To paraphrase Franz Fanon: exploitation is something that is done to other people. The act described by Douglas Wilson is most definitely a thing that is done to another person. It is not mutual; it is inherently exploitive. It assumes acceptance and presumes submission. …

From Soliloquies of the English Cloister:

The Wilsons’ response to their critics is generally not worth the blog space it’s written on. They insist that they’ve been misunderstood, but fail to explain what they mean. They accuse their critics, in the passive-aggressive ‘Why do they hate us?’ fashion of the faux martyr, of trying to twist their words.

Dee at Wartburg Watch traces Doug Wilson’s “Disturbing views on slavery.”

Wilson and League of the South co-founder Steve Wilkins teamed up to write the pamphlet Southern Slavery: As It Was. This revisionist nonsense was so full of errors that two University of Idaho professors, William Ramsey and Sean Quinlan wrote a response, Southern Slavery As It Wasn’t: Professional Historians Respond to Neo-Confederate Misinformation. Dee takes the story from there:

Ramsey/Quinlan point out the Wilson/Wilkins believe that many of today’s problems in the United States found their roots in the  “theological heresies implicit in the abolitionist movement and its unfortunate victory over the South in the Civil War.”

Ramsey found it absurd that he would have to write a paper to state that the evidence does not show that slaves found their lot in life “pleasant.” He thought it was a done deal. So, the ensuing firestorm took the two professors by surprise.

“We failed to anticipate the depth of their commitment to pro-slavery ideology and the sophistication of their attacks. We underestimated the extent of their support base in northern Idaho and the ability of organizations such as the League of the South to refocus their efforts on Moscow and to mobilize activists.”

“The controversy made it clear that Douglas Wilson was more than just a local troublemaker and southern partisan. He had established two “Reformed” evangelical churches in town whose congregations, thanks to nationwide recruitment efforts, now represented 10 percent of Moscow’s entire population. He had founded a k-12 school called “Logos” that taught history from a “Biblical Worldview” and an unaccredited college called “New Saint Andrews,” where he had installed himself as “Senior Fellow of Theology.”

This is someone the Gospel Coalition regards as a respectable church leader, a spiritual adviser, and a credible Christian witness. Doug Wilson is none of those things. Doug Wilson is the opposite of those things.

For some more background on self-proclaimed “Paleo-Confederate” Doug Wilson and his Neo-Confederate buddy Steve Wilkins, here’s Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center writing in 2004: “Neo-Confederate Preacher Steve Wilkins Pushes Distorted View of History.”

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