My Experiences Folding the Umbrella of Authority



So, this is an actual, original post by me.  I’m “temporary”, so that is why my blog is so named.  

I’ve been following the Bill Gothard and Doug Phillip scandals with some regularity.  I was born into and raised as a fundamentalist, and I remember when my church, and, thus, my parents, became Bill Gothard fans.  I was visiting with my younger sister the other day, and she stated that she was most hurt by the “umbrella of authority” notion.  Me, too!  Me, too!

My father decided that no adult child could move out of the house unless she was married.  Children were to remain at home because the father was the head of the family, and only he could protect the family from harm.  Moving out was considered moving out from under that pesky umbrella.  Arrgh.  I remember the knock down, drag out fights with my folks when I left.

What I did not realize is that my younger sister got the same treatment as I did when she wanted to move out.  She did end up marrying, and her spouse is a piece of work, let me tell you.

This will be the space where I talk about my upbringing, and link any readers out there to relevant blogs I follow.  I hope that at least some of you might follow my journey along with me..

About sheila0405

Moved out of theism into atheism on January 1, 2016.
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1 Response to My Experiences Folding the Umbrella of Authority

  1. jesuswithoutbaggage says:

    Sheila, I am glad to read an original post from you! I have thought for a long time that you would be a good blogger of original content.

    Fortunately, I was able to avoid influences of Gothard, even though I was aware he was very popular. Even though the church I was raised in was a bit patriarchal, it never promoted the umbrella paradigm. I am glad, because its impact is terrible. Not allowing an adult child leave home is unacceptable.

    Thanks for your story.


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