Wilson: The Beauty of Biblical Courtship

“Women inescapably need godly masculine protection against ungodly masculine harassment; women who refuse protection from their fathers and husbands must seek it from the police. But women who genuinely insist on ‘no masculine protection’ are really women who tacitly agree on the propriety of rape. Whenever someone sets himself to go against God’s design, horrible problems will always result. The Bible says that we find the way to true self-discovery through self-surrender. Those who exalt themselves are humbled, and vice versa. In the feminist movement over the last several decades, women have been looking for (and have not yet found) themselves. That is because they have been trying to find and identify their role apart from God’s design. The beauty of biblical courtship is that it never leaves women unprotected.”

– Douglas Wilson, Her Hand in Marriage (p. 13)

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  1. “But women who genuinely insist on ‘no masculine protection’ are really women who tacitly agree on the propriety of rape.”

    Hogwash!

    Bolstering the male ego with myopic musings on the inherent vulnerability of and the victimhood of women. To get us to buy that, the author wraps it in a truism that is supposedly Biblical.

    Why not try real godly truth. People are never safe. God may protect your eternal soul … but we were not assured physical or emotional safety. Godly and Godless men both commit evil acts (one may do so less often, but remember, “all all short of…”). Some may do evil deeds/sin against themselves, some against all of creation. Some against women.

    Women don’t need men to make them safe. Women are not chattel to be protected by men. Men and women, collectively and individually, are charged by God to love ourselves as well as one another. To protect ourselves and one another. Not by gender, but by grace.

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