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Federal Husband Paperback – October 1, 1999
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How does Wilson undertake his task?
First, he points the reader to a definition of "federal headship" and the covenantal language of relationships which are based in Christ. An interesting point that Wilson makes is that many times, when husbands have marital difficulties with their wives, the men are quick to say "It's her fault. She just isn't a Biblical wife" (or some variation of blaming the wife). But as a Federal Husband, the man is ultimately responsible for all sinful activity in the house and cannot blame any in his house for any shortcomings.
The second section deals with the pitfalls of husbandry. The chapter basically covers the responsibilities of husbands "as well as some of the common sins which husbands frequently commit." Wilson deals with caring for the "conjugal relations, provision of clothing and provision of food." He also details the respect due to a wife/mother and the husbands role in godly parenting, what it means to treat your wife like a lady and the role of the husband in his occupation.
The third section is really, really good. Wilson takes on the masculinist, traditionalist, egalitarian and feminist views of family and headship by posing the hierarchical/Biblical view. He makes the case that women are not to submit to men "generally," nor or women subservient to men. She has a duty to her husband to provide help and submit (but only to him). Women do not have a duty to "submit" to just any person. "Submit" is handled in more detail within the book for those of you who may be a little upset right now.
Next Wilson discusses feminine beauty...Read more ›
Wilson sets forth the principles of a "Federal Husband" so clearly, that in the vast majority of instances, to argue with the points Wilson makes is to argue with God. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned is found on p 18 where Wilson states, "As Christ assumed responsibility for things He didn't do, so husbands should be willing to do the same for their wives."
Essentially, I learned - unforgetably from this book - that I am responsible for the condition of both my marriage and my family. If anyone is to receive blame, it is to be me!
Where his logic is not blatantly flawed, or his scripture interpretations far from definitive, he enlists the support of vague arguments which he purports to the reader as "given". The "given" positions from which he often argues are far from empirical--out and out wrong many times (in my opinion). His subsequent positions hang in the air and the reader is to take his word for it that they levitate. An example from Section One(which is rife with this problem), page 17, 2nd para.:
"The relation that exists between us and Adam is clearly a covenantal one."
That is all Doug Wilson says about there being a covenantal relationship between Adam and all humanity. He immediately goes on to discuss the subsequent impacts of that relationship (the entire rest of the book), but says nothing, before or after, about how he arrived at that point.Read more ›
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This book builds on 'Reforming Marriage,' which I recommend reading first. Wilson convers a lot of ground and you may not find the entire book applicable to your particular... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JS
Its straight to the point and Pastor Wilson makes sure to show and uphold Scripture as our standard and how obedience to God by His grace will help create a good marriage. Read morePublished 22 months ago by juan
This book delves into the scriptural basis of the role of the husband in the home and family. A great read.Published on June 2, 2013 by Amber Goodman
How it is that anyone can claim that men and women are ontologically equal, while at the same time maintain that the man is in the position to lecture his wife on keeping the house... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Luc Cole
I am sad that Doug Wilson has attracted so many followers to his legalistic and Pharisee like views of scripture. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by By His Grace I am Saved