A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to discuss the dangers of patriarchy with the hosts of the Mortification of Spin podcast. I had a great time. Carl Trueman, Aimee Byrd, and Todd Pruitt are an interesting bunch. I really appreciate them taking the time to discuss such an important and controversial topic. You can visit the link below to hear the whole thing.
3 thoughts on “Mortification of Spin: My interview on the dangers of patriarchy”
Just downloaded it to my iPhone and will listen either tonight or tomorrow on the way to work.
Very relevant interview…listened to it twice. Much applause for bringing the subject of patriarchy into question. Think we need to be careful however, not to lose sight of where the problem resides. Water is good. Too much water drowns. The “clothing” of many patriarchs—anti-contraception, homeschooling, etc.—this is not the issue.
Love is submission. “Greater love has no one than this, that a husband lay down his life for his wife.” Husbands are called by God to submit to their wives. Almighty God submitted to us and our capacities in order to secure our salvation—Christ laid down his life for his friends. Likewise, husbands are called to submit to their wives by being mindful of what they can handle intellectually, emotionally and physically. As husbands we are instructed, “live with your wives in an understanding way”.
Patriarchy is a failure to love. Husbands are instructed to love their wives, not control them and drive them into the ground. The problem with patriarchy is its emphasis on male authority as opposed to male submission. This is what ultimately breaks a wife down. Sadly, I know too many of these broken wives.
Hey Mrs. Miller,
I appreciate your blog posts on patriarchy. It is sad to see complementarianism start morphing into patriarchy in evangelicalism. I would consider myself a Trueman complementarian (maybe it should be a Miller-Trueman complementarian? Trueman Miller complmentarian?). Do you know of any complementarian resources that do not start veering into Patriarchy?