Emily Hunter McGowin agrees with me. Then she calls upon her experience and education to list several ways where a much more dangerous ideology affect “American evangelical culture and the SBC in partiular.”
Recently Emily’s book, Quivering Families: The Quiverful Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family, hit your favorite bookseller. I had the privilege of interviewing Emily on the subject before her dissertation was not only approved but defended and now turned into a book.
Revelations within the SBC since April provide another occasion to consider Emily’s work. Even more, Emily was invited to weigh in on these events and how they impacted her and other women who grew up in the SBC subject to the particular way of viewing women prominent in Patterson’s comments and advice.
After I became a Christian as a teenager, one of the first lessons I learned was that my body was inherently a sexual object – something for which I should feel both awe and shame. Awe for the immense power I wielded over the minds and bodies of men and shame for the times I failed to protect their fragile purity.
You may read her piece that includes a Quiverful of lessons here.
Meanwhile I will be at the SBC Annual Meeting to see just how we will resolve, or even vote, to move away from the dangerous realities Emily describes.