Our thesis has been called “patriarchy,” and from time to
time in this draft the word “patriarchy” will be found. Among contemporary
fringe groups “patriarchy” is defended, including polygamy and male-dominance.
Our use of the word has little to do with these groups, but simply indicates a
family-centered society functioning without other institutional competition
(from Church or State). Specifically, we mean
- Individually: a
which does not engage in "archist"
behavior. When a Christian
patriarch needs food for his
family, he does not pass a law to confiscate food from others. He
grows some food or trades his goods and services with others in a
peaceful, voluntary exchange. When a son or daughter of a Christian
patriarch needs training in
righteousness and the "admonition of the Lord," the
Christian patriarch does not go to a teachers'
union looking for a priest.
"Patriarchy," therefore, as used in this thesis, refers to a
situation where families obey God's Law and provide social order. Property
is safe from "the State" because Christian patriarchs don't form
"states." Priests and kings are nowhere to be found because they
are everywhere to be found: every Christian patriarch has been ordained a
priest and a king under Christ. The institutional church and state arise
only when patriarchs are not fulfilling their duties — and in a Christlike
- We don't know what
else to call a society where there is no "church" and no
"state," only God's own institution, the Family,
providing the moral and spiritual foundation for a humane economy. We
vacillate between “patriarchy” and “anarcho-theocracy” as appropriate