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Quiverfull Movement- Update

March 26, 2009

Yesterday, after hearing an interview on NPR, I posted about the Quiverfull movement, a religious group in the US dedicated to abundant procreation as a means of living God’s word. The post drew a lot of interest, prompting me to take a further look into the folks who choose to live the Quiverfull way. I found a longer piece that Salon published recently on the “Christian patriarchy movement” for anyone interested in a deeper exploration of the phenomenon. First paragraph:

Vyckie Garrison wasn’t sure she wanted to use her real name in this article. Until last year, Garrison (then Vyckie Bennett), a 43-year-old single mother of seven living in Norfolk, Neb., followed a fundamentalist pronatalist theology known as Quiverfull. Shunning all forms of birth control, Quiverfull women accept as many children as God gives them as a demonstration of their radical faith and obedience as well as a means to advance his kingdom: winning the country for Christ by having more children than their adversaries. This self-proclaimed “patriarchy” movement, which likely numbers in the tens of thousands but which is growing exponentially, bases its arguments on Psalm 127: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Quiverfull women commonly give birth to families of eight, 10 and 12 children, or more.

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