Saturday, August 11, 2018


     Dalrock, a Red Pill blogger whose main effort seems to be undermining faith in traditional Christianity, has gone on the attack (again) against the Rev. Douglas Wilson of Moscow, Idaho. Granted, the Reverend Wilson is a controversial figure. But Dalrock takes on Wilson over this article,  wherein Wilson answers one of Dalrock's acolytes on the question of broken marriages. 

       Dalrock and others who worship the Red Pill hold to the extreme position that a wife is never morally justified in leaving a husband under any circumstances. Wilson shows (correctly) that the references that the Red Pills employ to support their positions refers to Christian converts within pagan marriages. These positions rely largely upon a misreading and misunderstanding of a few passages which the Red Pills contort to fit the misogynist philosophies underlying their entire cult. 

      For example, Dalrock chides Wilson for 'ignoring' a passage in the 1st Epistle of St. Peter (iii:5-6). This reads in many versions: "For after this manner, the holy women of old also trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands. Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and whose daughters you are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement." 

     The Red Pills point to some of Abraham's lapses in faith---even nearly giving Sara to another man twice.  In the Greek however, we get a better understanding of the context:  "Thus once when the holy women, those expecting God, accustomed themselves to being under their own husbands. As Sara obeyed the Master Abraham, him calling upon Him whose children you have become; and the ones doing good, not fearing anything nor in dismay."

     As an example of supreme faith, St. Peter here praises Sara---through whom it was promised Israel and subsequently the Messiah. Sara obeyed Abraham because she trusted God---Who ultimately did intervene. An analogous situation would be Abraham's faith when commanded to sacrifice Issac. 

     Contrary to what these cultists believe, the Catechism explains: "According to Faith, the disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the nature of men and women; nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin. As a break with God, the first sin had as its first consequence a rupture in the relations between man and woman. Their relations were distorted by mutual recriminations; their mutual attraction---God's own gift---changed into a relationship of domination and lust." (Pt.ii; sec.2, ch.iii:1607). From the Garden of Eden to August, 2018 that passage describes the Red Pill and Feminism perfectly. 

      The Red Pills see sin only in one-dimensional terms: that the nature of women tends to sin and tends to lead men into sin. They overlook any possibility that the actions of a man could destroy a relationship, thus they accuse Pastor Wilson of "trying to straddle two horses; the Word of God and the feelings of women." As if somehow, the two things are by moral necessity mutually exclusive.

       The Catechism further schools the Red Pills in verse 1609 loc. cit.: "In His Mercy, God has not forsaken sinful man. The punishments consequent upon sin, 'the pain of child-bearing' and 'toil in the sweat of your brow' also embodies remedies limiting the damaging effects of sin. After the Fall, marriage helps overcome self-absorption, egotism, pursuit of one's own pleasure; and to open oneself to the other, to mutual aid and self-giving."

      In Dalrock's twisted world-view, marriage contains no such remedies; but is solely based upon the aforementioned sins of "domination and lust." Love---which is the basis of both our relationships to others as well as to God---is noticeably absent in all Red Pill teachings. 

       Because both genders are subject to sin, each has the potential of destroying a marriage by perverting its meaning. The Church teaches that the family is a microcosm of the wider communion of saints. Consequentially, either spouse has an indefeasible right to terminate the union, or temporarily separate, in order that the dignity of marriage be preserved. Women are not morally forced to endure beatings, enslavement, adulterous behavior by their husbands, abuse of children, criminal behavior, etc. Part of the Church's mission is to help such people---not make things worse for them. 


  1. Thanks for writing this. Pastor Wilson can be exceedingly off base about many things, but his theology is usually well grounded.

    I've written a few times about the genuine power men have when they are truly in the Lord. I see ordinary heroes everyday, men who have taken responsibility for unfair things life has handed them and met those challenges with such grace and strength.

    Men, women, it doesn't really matter, one of the worst things you can do is to blame everyone else or to nurture a sense of offense and perpetual victimhood. That is exactly what feminists, Marxists, and red pills all try to do.

    1. Like Clint Eastwood said about challenges: 'adapt, improvise, overcome.' That's what men need to do.