27th January 2013

“The Church established from the time of St. Paul onward was set up as a No-Woman's Land. The general views on the inferiority of women come from Paul's interpretation of the literally incredible story of the creation of Eve from Adam, a story that men had made up to overcome their feelings of inferiority because of women's capacity to give birth.”

Robert S. McElvaine

7 Responses to “27th January 2013”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    Oh this is true–absolutely true.
    How tragic it is that female humanity has had to suffer so much because of a puerile story cooked up by goat-herding storytellers on the desert margins of the Near and Middle East. And the insanity of it all continues.

  2. Kit Says:

    Yes it does. And some of the strongest supporters of this misogynistic myth are women. hmmm.

  3. jhm Says:

    Not one to carry water for the deluded St. Paul, but he was not opposed to women’s participation, even leadership, in local church affairs (although he also was convinced that the end of days was nigh, so perhaps he thought it didn’t matter). Much of Paul’s commentary to the contrary was inserted posthumously as it became clear that the end was not in fact nigh, and the menfolk would have to live with women in leadership for an extended period if something was not done.

  4. Bruce Williams Says:

    Paul was pro-women as opposed to the author of I Timothy who wrote in the name of Paul, presumably without his consent.
    I Tim 2:11-15 Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.

    Compare this with Galatians 3:28 which IS attributed to Paul:
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

  5. Jeff Says:

    BW,

    I’m not sure about your attributions / dis-avowals within the Pauline letters, but what I am sure about is this: Their inclusion, in their current form, within a piece of “holy scripture” was the largest single disaster to ever befall a single demographic group in the history of human kind, followed closely by the European idea that people of darker skin color were somehow thereby rendered less human than those with less melanin. Neither one has worked out very well for the gene pool.

  6. Bruce Williams Says:

    For a quick and easy answer, Google “Authorship of Pauline letters.”

  7. Kit Says:

    Author Bart Ehrman has pointed out a lot of these biblical textual issues in his books… “Misquoting Jesus” comes to mind first.