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Katie van Schaijik

Do husbands have authority over their wives?

Aug. 29, 2012, at 4:39pm

Here are three things we all agree on about marriage:

1) Men and women are different, and importantly so.  The sexes are not interchangeable.  The "genius" of masculiinity and feminity shape the roles of husband and wife.  Wives want their husbands to be men; men want their wives to be women.

2) Authority is not bad.  It does not imply metaphysical or moral superiority.  (The modernist rejection of all authority is the cause of much misery and moral confusion in the world.)

3) It's never okay to "Lord it over" another person, or to be domineering.  Whatever authority a person has should be exercised in a virtuous, Christilke way, viz., in service of others.

Here is what is in dispute:

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Katie van Schaijik

Are wives supposed to submit to their husbands?

Aug. 8, 2012, at 12:04pm

Over at First Thingsin an article on "obedient wives," Margaret Fox touches a flashpoint of mine.  She refers to an association called the "Obedient Wives Club" formed last year in Malaysia.

The group argues that social problems like divorce, adultery, prostitution, and even domestic abuse could be solved if wives obeyed their husbands and exhibited the sexual prowess of a high class prostitute. In other words, men wouldn’t be unfaithful, hire prostitutes, or beat their wives if they were kept happy in bed. 

Of course, as a woman and a Christian, Margaret Fox is appalled.  But, she finds that just because she's a Christian, she's often thought to endorse the same idea.

Many of my

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