Duggar Sister Turns Atheist?
Is she losing her religion?!
Back to Reality
Jill Duggar posted an Instagram photo of the book The Story of Reality by Gregory Koukl. “Wow! I’m not even finished with this book yet and it’s so good! Just read chapters 13-15 today. If you’ve ever wondered #whydoesgodallowsuffering or you’ve stopped believing in God then you’ve gotta read this book,” she wrote about the tome.
The title of the book and Jill’s assertion that the book is a good read for those who have lost their faith led some people to believe that Jill was having religious doubts. However, it appears that she meant that the book can lead those who are having doubts back into the fold.
The description of The Story of Reality from Amazon states that the author explains how Christianity is “a picture of reality.”
“Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It’s more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly,” the description states.
While this event turned out not to be controversial, the Duggars have become embroiled in a new scandal since a family close to them has decided to endorse a couple known for advocating child abuse.
Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband Austin Forsyth’s family owns the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center, and the young couple is closely associated with it. Fort Rock has been celebrated by many of the Duggars over the years as a place to mingle with fellow fundamentalist Christians and listen to the ministry of guest speakers.
One married couple that is set to appear at the camp this year is so hated by Christians and non-Christians alike that anyone associated with Fort Rock is being condemned for condoning abuse.
Controversial speakers Michael and Debi Pearl have been invited to speak at the camp from June 7-10 and again from Oct. 4-7. They were scheduled to appear by Austin’s father Terry and brother Bobby. Michael and Debi have been promoting their Christian values for the past 20 years, and their teachings about disciplining children have received harsh criticisms.
The Pearls’ book To Raise Up a Child has been lambasted for instructing readers to abuse their children. The book includes punishments like hitting children with plastic tubing, wearing the tubing around your neck to instill fear in the children all the time, making children bathe in cold water, withholding food, and pouring water on children when they have a potty-training accident.
Writer Carolyn Castiglia revealed that three children have been killed by their adoptive parents who were in possession of the book. “[13-year-old] Hana Williams, the most recent victim of the Pearls’ methods, died after having been beaten, starved, and left outside to suffer hypothermia,” she wrote on Babble. She asserted that seven-year-old Lydia Schatz and four-year-old Sean Paddock died under similar circumstances.
Fans of the Duggars are so concerned about the Pearls going to the camp that they’ve reached out to Fort Rock to get them to cancel the appearances. Terry and Bobby have been steadfast in their decision to let the Pearls minister to the camp’s attendees despite people saying that they refuse to attend the camp now.
Terry Forsyth wrote in an email that he doesn’t condone abuse, but he doesn’t feel that Michael Pearl teaches about abusing children at all. “We do not believe everything the Pearls believe but have enough discernment to throw out the bones if you know what I mean. Mr. Pearl is a world-class knife/tomahawk thrower, as you can see by the theme of our camp that fits right in,” he said.
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