Weird History

Controversial Beliefs Of The Hyper-Conservative 'Quiverfull' Christian Movement

The Quiverfull movement came to prominence with the televised introduction of the Duggars and their reality show about their huge family. Quiverfull Christians emerged in the 1980s as an evangelical response to the rise of feminism and the use of birth control. The name comes from a Biblical psalm

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

For Quiverfull families, every child they have is another arrow in their quiver. By having many children, they believe they are fulfilling God’s command.

But what you won’t see on television are some of the more controversial Quiverfull beliefs and practices. Their movement is just one example of the sometimes strict parameters to which religious groups subscribe - Catholics, the FLDS, and Hasidic Jews all have their own.