Fans of the former TLC reality series 19 Kids & Counting and now their spin-off, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, starring the Duggars, know the big family sticks to strict religious practices — but there is one thing about their religion that not everyone understands.
What religion are the Duggars?
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The TLC reality stars follow a lot of the same principles as the Quiverfull religion, though both Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have both denied that's the sect of Christianity they associate with. Quiverfull is known for putting emphasis on conservative, patriarchal values.
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“In the Quiverfull movement, your kids are blessings from God and they are also weapons in the culture war. Some people in the movement would say that part of having a lot of kids is an attempt to birth more conservative Christians in a world that doesn’t have enough of them,” USC assistant professor of religion Cavan Concannon previously explained to People.
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If you ask any members of the famous family, they say that they are Independent Baptist, a more exclusive form of Christianity. They even attend a "home church" to worship amongst a select group of others.
"You'll see a family with 21 children who sit up front and behave amazingly well. The Duggars sit in the back generally, and we like that too. When someone is as popular and in a leading position, it is always nice to see them put themselves in the back seats and not be on display as if important. Well done, Duggars," a former church-goer and Proverbs Mama blogger explained via Bustle.
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Scroll through the gallery to see how man times the Duggar kids broke the family rules!
It was reported back in January that engaged couple Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have already consummated their relationship — a BIG Duggar family no-no.
“Despite this ‘courting’ nonsense, Joy-Anna and Austin have actually been having sex together for a year!” a source told Radar Online.
This allegedly even led to a pregnancy scare, so she had to come clean to her parents.
"Of course, that alone is something the family has had to hide from the public," said the source, adding it was a "huge sigh of relief when she wasn't."
“That was obviously a huge sigh of relief for everyone concerned, but it didn’t erase the horror for Jim Bob and Michelle that they had come closer than close to having another family scandal on their hands!”