Women And The Bible


The Bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the
way of woman's emancipation.
A famous 19th century feminist named Elizabeth Cady Stanton voiced this
about her struggle for women's freedom. Women, considered a lower class than the
men, wanted this subjugation changed. Part of the reason for the subjugation of
women is that the Bible could be interpreted in many different ways to suit the
needs of the interpreter. These interpretations of the Bible are in part
responsible for the belief that women are of a lower class than men. The reason
this belief is present in our society is that approximately 85% of Americans are
Judeo-Christian. We see examples of these beliefs ...

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“trained” to be weak and
fragile. This stopped only about 30 years ago. Before this time, society taught
women from birth to be submissive to men. What does this mean to us today? It
means that although American Society is no longer training women to be
submissive, the problem is still present in our belief system. Many churches do
not believe that women should be part of the clergy. This is because they
interpret parts of the Bible, such as 1 Timothy 2:11-12, as saying that only men
should preach. In 1848, women made a retaliation to these sentiments. At the
Seneca Falls convention, women (including Elizabeth Cady Stanton) signed a
Declaration of Sentiments. In the declaration it states:

He allows her in church, as well as state, but a subordinate position,
claiming apostolic authority for her exclusion from the ministry,
and, with some exceptions, from any public participation in the
affairs of the church (Declaration 1)

The people that these women ...

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