Mary Pride

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Mary Pride (born 1955) is an American author and magazine producer on homeschooling and Christian topics. She is best known for her homeschooling works, but has also written on women’s roles, computer technology in education, parental rights, and new age thought from a conservative evangelical perspective. For her role in authoring guides for the homeschooling movement, Pride has been described as "the queen of the home school movement" and as a "homeschooling guru".[1][2][3] Stemming from her first book, The Way Home, she is also considered an activist in the Christian Quiverfull movement.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Pride was born in New York City, New York, in 1955. She graduated high school at age 15, after which she entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974 and a master's degree in Computer Systems Engineering a year later. She married her husband Bill around this time and both soon converted to Evangelical Christianity. Pride had formerly considered herself a feminist activist.[10]

Before the first of Pride’s nine children were born, she had decided to homeschool them.[10] The lack of homeschooling guides she encountered prompted her to begin writing her own.[11]

Books and views[edit]

Cover of Pride's first book, The Way Home: Beyond Feminism Back to Reality (1985).

On women's roles and contraception[edit]

In Pride's first book, The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality, she chronicled her journey away from what she argued were feminist and anti-natal ideas of happiness, within which she had lived as an activist before her conversion to conservative evangelical Christianity in 1977. She described her discovery of happiness surrounding what she felt was the Biblically mandated role of wives and mothers as bearers of children and workers in the home under the authority of a husband. Pride argued that such a lifestyle was Biblically required of married Christian women but that most had been unknowingly duped by feminism. She meanwhile countered in the book various versions of Christian feminism.[10]

As the basis for her arguments, Pride selected numerous Bible verses from which to lay out what she felt was the Biblical role of women. These included verses she saw as containing her ideas of the importance of childbearing and forswearing any form of birth control. Pride argued that the mindset that led to use of family planning was a root cause for inadequate influence in the world by the Christian religion.[10]

Pride's rejection of each and every method of family planning in The Way Home was soon noticed by prominent members of the Couple to Couple League, a Catholic natural family planning (NFP) movement. John and Sheila Kippley in their The Art of Natural Family Planning describes how representatives of the organization contacted Pride to express concerns over her position. In 1989, Pride in her HELP for Growing Families periodical published portions of the correspondence between the Kippleys' and herself, during which Pride accepted NFP use only for couples who wished to remain healthy until they were ready to use no fertility control at all.[12] Sheila Kippley credits the correspondence as the reason why Pride accepted NFP in such circumstances in her sequel, All the Way Home.[13]

Criticism[edit]

Mitchell Stevens, a Hamilton College sociologist, has criticized Pride for exhibiting feminist values in her lifestyle much more than in what she espouses.[14]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The Way Home (Crossway Books, 1985)
  • The Big Book of Home Learning (Crossway Books, 1986)
  • The Next Book of Home Learning (Crossway Books, 1987)
  • The New Big Book of Home Learning (Crossway Books, 1988)
  • All the Way Home (Crossway Books, 1989)
  • The Child Abuse Industry (Crossway Books, 1986)
  • Schoolproof (Crossway Books, 1988); (Blackstone Audio Books, 2002)
  • Unholy Sacrifices of the New Age and Ancient Empires of the New Age (Crossway Books, 1988, 1989 both with Paul deParrie)
  • The “Old Wise Tales” series (Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1990): Too Many Chickens, The Greenie, The Better Butter Battle, Baby Doe
  • The Big Book of Home Learning 4 volumes: Getting Started, Preschool & Elementary, Teen & Adult, Afterschooling (Crossway Books, 1991)
  • Pride’s Guide to Educational Software with husband Bill Pride (Crossway, 1997)
  • The Big Book of Home Learning 3 volumes: Getting Started, Preschool & Elementary, Junior High Through College (Alpha Omega Publications, 1999)
  • Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling (Harvest House, 2004)

Periodicals[edit]

  • HELP For Growing Families
  • Practical Homeschooling
  • Big Happy Family
  • Homeschool PC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Woodard (9/09/96). "Number one doesn't try harder: Calgary's public board complains that 'the others' are cherry-picking their students". Newsmagazine, Alberta Report 23 (39).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Joe Woodward (Mar 31, 2001). "The godliness of fertility: A growing Protestant movement is rediscovering the sanctification available in large families". Calgary Herald: OS.10. 
  3. ^ Angie Kiesling (2004-08-16). "Why Johnny Learns at Home". Publishers Weekly 251 (33): 25–26. 
  4. ^ DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2002). Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers. ISBN 0-8024-7296-6. 
  5. ^ James B. Jordan (1993). "The Bible and Family Planning" (PDF). Contra Mundum (Fall 1993, no. 9): 2–14. ISSN 1070-9495. 
  6. ^ Myers, Jeffery J. (1990). Does the Bible Forbid Family Planning?. Niceville: Biblical Horizons. pp. 1–31. 
  7. ^ Kathryn Joyce (9 Nov 2006). "Arrows for the War". The Nation. Retrieved 2006-12-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ Eileen Finan (13 Nov 2006). "Making Babies the Quiverfull Way". Newsweek Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  9. ^ Kathryn Joyce. "Quiverfull: More Children For God's Army". RH Reality Check. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  10. ^ a b c d Pride, Mary (1985). The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality. Good News Pub. ISBN 0-89107-345-0. 
  11. ^ Pride, Mary (2006). Mary Pride's Big Book of Home Learning. Master Books. ISBN 0-89051-459-3. 
  12. ^ "Is Natural Family Planning Natural?". HELP for Growing Families (4). 1989. 
  13. ^ Kippley, John; Sheila Kippley (1996). The Art of Natural Family Planning (4th ed.). Cincinnati, Ohio: The Couple to Couple League. p. 285. ISBN 0-926412-13-2. 
  14. ^ Christine Scheller (2002-09-09). "The Little School in the Living Room Grows Up". Christianity Today 46 (10). 

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