Archive for June 10th, 2008

Blog Review: Down On The Farm

Down on the Farm is a Vision Forum affiliate and thus admits it’s bias right away, which I appreciate.  It has contemporary Christian music which plays in the background.  I don’t mind it, I actually forgot I had the site up and thought it was my iTunes playing.  But in case you don’t like it, you might want to mute your speakers before checking it out.

I think Marci, the blog writer is an interesting woman.  I enjoyed her stories of life on the farm and how things worked.  I also think she has a great sense of humor.  Her post about questions that keep her up at night, included the following question and answer, “Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours? Men are the ones who made this up. They can sleep through anything and assumes that the baby slept all night.”  As the wife of a very good sleeper, this certainly rang true for me and gave me a good chuckle.

On the negative side, this blog is a virtual walking advertisement for all things VFM and Botkin.  I’d really like more about how she lives and less about the wonders of Doug Phillips and the like.  But it’s safe enough.  Just understand the bias ahead of time.


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I thought a post on definitions would be helpful. Sometimes, when two people talk with one another, they have two completely different views of the same thing. If I talk with a Mormon about Jesus, I’ll be thinking “God With Us”, second person of the Trinity, the God-Man, while they will be thinking “spirit-brother of Lucifer”, first created son of the Heavenly Father, ruler of his own planet, my example. Not the same. Not at all.

So, here goes (citations are either provided using links for internet sites or at the end of definitions if from a book). If I feel the need to add anything to the definition, my addition will be in italics:

Complementarianism: “God has created men and women equal in their essential dignity and human personhood, but different and complementary in function with male headship in the home and believing community, that is, the Church being understood as part of God’s created design.” I’m not sure I like the term “complementarian” as many egalitarians will use the term when describing their own position (complimentarity without hierarchy.) Discovering Biblical Equality uses the term “hierarchalist” or “patriarchy” to describe this position. Not adequately understanding the Egalitarian position, I can’t really comment on whether or not the term “complementarian” should be replaced.

Egalitarianism: “Refers to the biblically-based belief that gender in and of itself, neither privileges nor curtails a believer’s gifting or calling to any ministry in the church or home… Biblical egalitarians (a) affirm that the gifts and callings of the Spirit are distributed without regard to gender, and that all believers in Christ stand on equal ground before God, and (b) repudiate the notion that the Bible grants to men spiritual authority and other religious privileges that it denies to women.” Rebecca Groothuis, who compiled this definition, is also careful to point out that biblical egalitarianism does not deny that there are differences between men and women. She also affirms that God created men and women to compliment each other.

Patriocentrism/Hyper-Patriarchy: “Father-centered” rule; Everything in the home is centered on the father and his goals for the family. His wife and children work for him and no one else. His vision is to be there vision. He is the “prophet, priest, and king” of the home.

White-Washed Feminism: Biblical egalitarianism or any woman who posts on the True Womanhood blog (and yes, that is an inference from Stacy McDonald’s post, but she’s never really clarified what she means by this exactly so I’m left a bit confused).

Visionary Daughters: Stay-at-home daughters; helpmeets-in-training to their fathers; Getting “higher” education at home; eschewing formal post-secondary education; The Botkin Sisters.

Edited to add:

Patriarchy: Father-rule or father-led. Not to be confused with patriocentrism where everything revolves around the father. “a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line.”

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