Letter from Doug Wilson to the Saints of
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communications are best understood within the cultural context of the
writer and of those to whom the letter is directed. It may be
difficult for those outside the Kirk, or those unfamiliar with Doug
Wilson's writings, to sense the undercurrents present in this
communication. We are familiar
with Doug Wilson's writings and we do understand
what he (and the elders) are intending to convey in this message.
is important to note that the intent of the letter underscores the
notion that because Doug Wilson and Doug Wilson alone (with the notable exception of
Paul Kimmell) is the cause of 99% percent of the difficulties
between the community and Christ Church it is in Doug Wilsonís best
interests to spread responsibility for his failings among the
membership. Few male church members (and none of the women)
have a significant part in leadership decisions or actions. The faithfulness
of the rank and file is demonstrated by cheerful,
unquestioning obedience to the decisions made by Doug Wilson, and endorsed by
the elders. In many ways it is as though the Reformation is wiped
from their collective memory. They have simply traded the
authoritarian hierarchy of one church for another.
praise for the cheerfulness of the congregation reinforces his need to
control and dictate their emotional response to him. However, Doug
Wilson pulls no punches about what those who do have complaints can expect.
No one in the church believes for a moment that the "Fellowship of
the Grievance" was an affectionate nickname. It was intended
to be pointed and hurtful. The acronym FOG was Doug's response
to membership criticisms ranging from concerns about Doug
sarcasm, to Doug's book on slavery.. Much like the label
"Intolerista" or more recently, "The Coalition of the
Fevered Brow" (CoFB) Doug believes if he names it, he owns it.
problem with seeking what Doug defines as the "biblical way"
to faithfully address concerns is the price one can expect to pay.
In a secular setting if we are unhappy with our working conditions or
the boss's personality and behavior it is not likely that we would make
an appointment with him/her to point these problems out. If we did
so, we probably wouldn't expect a grateful thank you, a nice raise,
or a promotion. Neither do the members of
the so what. Suppose you believe that children should receive a
Christian education consequently, your kids attend Logos. What
will their status be if you are singled out for public criticism or
worse yet, excommunication? Hint: They won't be invited to
many birthday parties in the future. Suppose your wife does not
work outside the home (and very few Kirk wives do). Her social
contacts have been primarily developed within the church. She is
isolated (perhaps by choice, perhaps by peer pressure) from the
larger community. Do you really think that the wife of an
excommunicated man, who remains married to him, is going to be welcomed
at the Ladies Aid Society? Her friends have two choices: shun
her, or risk censure for associating with her.
men (elders) signed this letter. One signature is not legible,
another is unclear. Of the remaining seven (not including Doug
Wilson) every single one of them depends on Wilson, Inc. for employment.
Which of them, having families to support, children to raise, wives to
sustain, would stand against Doug Wilson? They know, from similar
situations in the past, what happens when a member defies Doug Wilson's
Lawyer, Doug Wilson's Chief Administrative Officer
Jones, Administrative control of Canon press and administrator of New Saint Andrews
Schlect, is an administrator at New St. Andrews (where his wife also is
Patch Blakey, Chief Administrator of Doug Wilson's Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS)
Gray, Director of the Christ
Nance, Principal at
us, they want to be able to feed and care for their families - and
frankly, they probably enjoy the inherent privilege of their
positions. And they know what is required to keep these perks
coming. After reading Doug Wilson's letter, you should know too.
is our hope that readers of this letter, particularly members of
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