Ask Doug

A neat feature that the folk at Canon Wired have been doing for a while now is “Ask Doug.” This is where people can email Doug Wilson and ask him questions on any subject related to theology or culture and he responds on video. Each response is short and to the point and very useful. I’ve profited from these greatly. The subjects are wide and various including pastoral issues, literature, philosophy, education, economics and systematic theology. Below are some of my favourites thus far.

In this one Doug is asked the question about whether people of different theological backgrounds should get married. I find his answer to be very careful and balanced, and I completely agree with him:

Theological Agreement and Marriage – Conversations with Doug Wilson from Daniel Foucachon on Vimeo.

Wilson has written on education and is a leader in the Classical Christian Education movement. This question on the role of Western classics and his answer is quite good:

Ask Doug – question March 12th from Daniel Foucachon on Vimeo.

This one addresses the Twilight series. I know, you’re probably thinking “here’s another fundie writing against Harry Potter!” But this isn’t the case. Here he speaks of the psychological problem that girls have with going for guys that ultimately want to destroy them:

Ask Doug – Twilight – Why Vampires Aren’t Really That Sparkly (Pt. 2) from Daniel Foucachon on Vimeo.

Finally, this one is great. He is asked what books he would have on a desert island, and of course the great P.G. Wodehouse is on the list:

Ask Doug – What Three Books Do you Recommend? from Daniel Foucachon on Vimeo.



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2 responses to “Ask Doug

  1. Elisha

    Just watched the little video. I wonder if Wilson would have any problems with a paedobaptist wife secretly baptizing her infants fathered by a credobaptist husband… hmmm… probably fine? Just keep it a secret? :)

    Joking aside, even though I unhesitatingly affirm the role of leadership that he was attributing to the husband, it almost – maybe not quite but almost – sounded like he was saying that a woman need not have her own Spirit led, thought through, prayed through, wrestled with, firmly held convictions. It almost sounded like he was saying that the only conviction she really needs to have is that her husband is her leader, and that in many other areas she could live and act in a way that is contrary to her own personal theological convictions or conscience, as long as she is submitting to her husband.

    What if, hypothetically, a husband and wife start off at the same place in regards to their convictions about, say, Sabbath keeping, and they rightly see that in the New Covenant one day is no longer more special than another ;) but then years down the road, the Holy Spirit, working through Scripture leads the wife to become convicted that she should be keeping the Sabbath. It was almost like Wilson was suggesting that she should just follow her husbands leadership on a bunch of the secondary / pragmatic issues even if submitting to him, following him, was causing her to violate her own conscience before the Lord. I don’t know… Even though I love and embrace the theological teachings of headship and submission, as a woman, it always makes me a little nervous when it sounds like someone is instructing women to allow someone else (even a godly husband) to think for them. Did I misunderstand him do you think, Ian?

    • I would think that on such issues a wife could dissent and share her views openly with her husband while at the same time not subverting his headship. Of course, all of this supposes a loving, respectful relationship that is biblically healthy. On some issues, like paedobaptism, which have strong practical implications, the ultimate decision would be with the husband as covenant head. It goes without saying that the husband does not have free reign to run his home like a despot without significant input from his wife. If he does, then the church, under whom the church is in submission to, must step in. That’s how I think Wilson understands it at least. You should read his book “Federal Husband” — it’s quite helpful. There’s much more detail than a sound-byte on Ask Doug.

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