Most viewers probably assume that the Duggars, including Abbie Duggar, are Baptists or some other brand of average Evangelical Christian. They have specifically been classified as Independent Christian Baptists. However, both the Duggar and Burnett families are associated with a much more conservative branch of Christianity — the Institute in Basic Life Principles, or IBLP.
According to Chicago Magazine, the Duggar family has been part of the IBLP for decades — the IBLP’s homeschooling division, the Advanced Training Institute, provided the curriculum with which the Duggars educated their children. The family even went so far as to send the oldest Duggar child, Josh Duggar, to an IBLP treatment facility, rather than a medically accredited facility, when he was accused of molesting four of his sisters and one other teen girl.
Chicago Magazine also reports that in 2014, the IBLP’s prophet-like figurehead, Bill Gothard, resigned from the organization’s leadership after multiple people claimed that they were “sexually, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and/or psychologically [abused]” by the preacher.
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