I’ve just been a little bit busy! This year we updated and sold our large home, moved into a rental house and began construction on a modest, smaller home. Who knew buying a little program called YNAB last January would change our lives so dramatically?!
Sometimes I think about the future of this blog…does anybody really care about the world of patriarchy anymore? As I was telling a friend recently, “Patriarchy is on its way out.” And last month that sentiment was affirmed when I heard about Doug Phillips’ extra-marital affair and the subsequent closing down of Vision Forum ministry and corporation. While I feel sympathy for the Phillips family I am happy that Vision Forum, a substantial promoter of patriarchal ideals, will cease to exert its influence in the homeschool world and we’ll be that much closer to seeing an end to this craziness.
Speaking of crazy, Karen pointed out that Matthew Chapman is slated to be a keynote speaker at an Ohio homeschool convention next year.* Chapman, an advocate for betrothal (which is like courtship on steroids), was 26 and his future wife, Maranatha, just 13 when he approached her father about betrothal/marriage. Maranatha’s father allowed the marriage to take place in 1988 when she was 15 years old. Fast forward to 2008, when Chapman’s daughter Lauren married a man ten years her senior just weeks after she turned 16. Chapman writes,
“The way many Christian homeschooling parents raise their daughters, they mature rather quickly and develop significant capacities by a relatively young age. By their middle-teens, many daughters (but by no means all) possess the maturity and skills to run their own home. My point is to encourage you to be open to the Lord and take to heart that some of your daughters may be ready to marry sooner than your preconceived ideas have allowed for…. oftentimes, a difference in age—even a significant one—with the man being older, helps make for a better fit.”
If this guy, who advises fathers to consider marrying off their teen daughters to significantly older men, is speaking at my state homeschool convention perhaps patriarchy isn’t dying as quickly as I thought!
*Fortunately, the Chapman’s are no longer speaking at the convention.