THE Duggar family is mired in controversy after Josh Duggar was jailed for receiving and possessing child pornography.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Duggar family faith.
What faith is the Duggar family of?
The Duggars are devout independent Christian Baptists who pride themselves on living conservatively.
The show frequently addresses their values and their relationship with God.
The Duggars eschew birth control, saying they have decided to allow God to determine how many children they have.
Michelle attributes her use of contraceptives to a miscarriage.
All children are homeschooled and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.
The Duggars also practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple only get to know each other in a group setting.
How many children make up the Duggar family?
The Duggars shot into the limelight with their TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are parents to 19 children, and the series follows their family life together and apart.
All of their children have first names that begin with the letter J.
Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie, were all raised in the family home in Tontitown, Arkansas.
19 Kids and Counting ran from 2008 to 2015 after it was canceled.
The show became TLC’s most popular, averaging 2.3 million viewers per new Season 10 episode.
On May 22, 2015, TLC suspended 19 Kids and Counting when the Duggars’ eldest son, Josh, publicly apologized for “acting inexcusably” following reports that he assaulted five girls, including some of her sisters, caressing them.
These events happened in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 or 15 years old, and before the show started.
The show was officially canceled in July 2015 and would not resume production.
On December 9, 2021, six years after Josh’s public apology, he was convicted on both counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.
Josh was arrested on April 29, 2021 on charges related to child sexual exploitation material.
Jim Bob and Michelle released a statement on the family’s website commenting on their disgraced son.
“In the days ahead, we will do everything we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support.”
“As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua and loving him, as we do for all of our children,” the statement read.
How can I watch Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets?
Shiny Happy People, a new documentary series investigating the Duggar family, was released in June 2023.
The docuseries explores the crimes of Josh Suggar and the family’s promotion of the fringe religious group Institute in Basic Life Principles.
You can watch it on Amazon Prime.