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Federal Husband [Paperback]

By Douglas Wilson (Author)
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This collection of essays continues the discussion begun in Reforming Marriage in greater depth, dealing with aspects of covenantal husbandry such as masculinist distortions, feminism, fashion symbolism, and carburetor repair. Federal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. Federal has come to mean nothing more than centralized or big. Because our federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding of federal headship. Husbands are to lead their families, taking responsibility for them as covenant heads - as federal husbands.

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Federal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. "Federal" has come to mean nothing more than centralized or big. Because your federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding of federal headship. Husbands are to lead their families, taking responsibility for them as covenant heads-as federal husbands.

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Studio: Canon Press
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.53" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.29"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1999
Publisher   Canon Press
Edition  REV  
ISBN  188576751X  
ISBN13  9781885767516  

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Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at

Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.

Douglas Wilson was born in 1943.

Douglas Wilson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Leaders in Action
  2. Turning Point Christian Worldview Series

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A federal offense against logical reasoning  Jul 6, 2008
"Federal Husband" is full of unsubstantiated (though sometimes hilarious) claims and sweeping generalizations, inviting its readers to play a game of logical leapfrog. It presents very little solid reasoning that is helpful to someone seeking a better understanding of Biblical teaching on husbandry and marital headship.
A wrong View of Husbandship  May 24, 2007
A few critics have already said what needed to be said. So I won't comment on the sad lack of substantiation of his comments on the modern movements, nor will I speak of the glaring logical flaws that beg the question or that develop a conclusion from a false premise, or rant about his bad approach to hermeneutics where he pulls passages or verses out of their contexts. What scares me is all the postive reviews on this book. I guess it shows the state of the church where good, solid Bible teaching and thinking is rare so that people will take this stuff hook, line, and sinker.

He doesn't adequately prove that the husband must take the blame if his wife fails and sins. She is a sinner and a saint in her own right to do that. Federal headship in the marriage relationship doesn't mean that I become a "priest" taking on everyone's sins. Certainly, the husband in called to be the head of the home, but that means he is to set the pace for the spiritual condition of the family. His view also seems to say that the wife is to not think or do without her federal head's permission. This is done under the guise of love and protection under the covenant's role. But is it loving to insult her by saying that she can't think or do anything without his permission? Is it really biblical to insist that all information be disseminated to the wife only through her federal husband.

I read this book because I've been around those who hold to Wilson's view and saw how this plays out in the church. Often the women do not go to church if the husband is not there with them. Even in taking communion, the husband takes the bread and then gives a piece of it to his wife. This is just dangerous as it takes away her position as a Christian in her own right as it also circumvents the Christ-ordained leadership of the church. The Bible says that all are to obey the leaders of the church, but Wilsom seems to suggest that women are exempt from this because they are to obey and submit only to their husbands. The views of this book are not spiritually healthy because they do not acurately reflect the teaching of the Bible.

However, Wilson does give us some good advice (at least concerning the book). He tells the husband that his wife ought not read the book. I totally agree with that! My only advice is to say that no one should read if if you are serious about being a Scripturally informed husband.
Very well done.  Jan 29, 2007
In this book, my longheld belief that the husband and father is not only the federal head of the home, but also the one who bears the responsibility for what happens in the home, was affirmed. Biblically. We are responsible for leading ourselves, our wives, and our children to truth, and not provoking them to the eternal wrath of God. We do this in various ways, beginning with the most basic. Teaching them in the Word of God, feeding them, clothing and housing them, and for the wife, providing sexual relations.

Aside from addressing this enormous topic of a covenantal relationship between a man and woman as representative of God's covenantal relationship between Himself and Israel and between Himself and mankind, Douglas also addresses everything from pregnancy to piercings, the wielding of the sword to the wedding ceremony, and inheritances, occupations, discipline, punishment, women in combat, widows and countless other issues that arise out of or outside of the covenantal family relationship.

A beautiful, well written book that I'm not quite sure how he accomplished within only 110 pages.

You would be remiss to neglect a careful reading.
The Handbook for all Sexist Controll Freaks  Aug 7, 2006
In my review for Nancy Wilson's book "The Fruit of her Hands", I mentioned how Ms. Wilson seemed constantly nervous about displeasing her husband. Now I know why; her husband is nothing short of sexist and controlling, not only of his wife but apparently of his entire church. His statement that the women in his church aren't allowed to read this book should be the first clue, but that's just one of several extremely offensive statements. There's hardly a thing in this entire book regarding women or marriage that I found helpful or even Biblical. Wilson indicated that we should question everything the modern woman does, even going to college! Does he really expect us to pull women out of college in the name of Christianity? But then, if he thinks women are made simply to get married and bear children, I guess it's not surprising that he doesn't think we should have educations. Here's a little shocker, Wilson: women are meant to do far more than marry. This is proved by the fact that Eve was given a brain as well as Adam.

One of the main things that angered me about this book was that Wilson shamelessly ripped Bible passages out of context in order to support his ridiculously sexist views. As an example, he listed a passage in which God, while furiously addressing men in a certain village, said "Women rule over you and children oppress you." You get the sarcasm there? He was obviously accusing those men of being utterly spineless and saying they needed to stand up for themselves. Wilson, however, took his angry and very sarcastic words to mean that God doesn't want women to be leaders, ever. Um, WHERE did he get that? That particular Bible passage was addressing a certain group of weak men, NOT all mankind. The passage didn't even really have anything to do with women, so to rip that out of context and interpret it as God's words for all mankind is simply nonsense; only a man with an agenda could find such ridiculous meaning behind something like that.

Calling female leadership a curse is one of the most lame things you could possibly do considering all the leading females in the Bible, including Deborah, who helped lead a battle, counseled men and operated as a judge, and had a song made in her honor. This book, unlike the Bible, is chock-full of images of spineless women. Before all the feminists get mad, though, let me assure you that Wilson gives plenty of bad advice for men too, even saying that the husband's solely responsible for any problem in the marriage and the household. Wilson even scolds men who let their wives work, saying that if men can't provide for their wives enough by themselves, they fail as husbands. I found this almost amusingly offensive; have you looked at the job market, Wilson? Haven't you ever seen good husbands struggling to provide for their families? Not only does he imply that women are simpletons who need caring for, but he seems determined to dump the world on men's shoulders and this is simply not right. Several times he acts as though he believes marriage to simply be a contract ("I'll provide for you if you bear me children") and he even goes so far as to say that sex is just a duty and doesn't need any spark to be enjoyed. Wilson gives the impression of a guy so sequestered in his own little church and beliefs that he's totally unaware of how the real world works, not to mention how real minds work. His matter-of-fact, almost dull tone in the book imply that he's just a guy laying out all the facts and we should act accordingly. I find it hard to believe that he expects us to accept these ideas as Christian behavior.
Changed My Life  Apr 28, 2005
As a husband of 27 years and a father of six children, as well as, a serious student of the Bible, this book changed my life and my behavior towards my wife.

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!

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