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Women Are The Devil’s Gateway: Misogyny in the Bible and Church

I mentioned on my Facebook Page that my next research project will be about Misogyny in the Bible and Church from a historical and contemporary perspective.

Here’s a sample of what I’m compiling in my research. This quote is from the writings of Tertullian (160 A.D. – 225 A.D.). Theologically, he is considered one of the great Christian fathers, positioning him as founder of Latin Christian doctrine and proponent of much in orthodox Western Church dogmas as a whole.

This is his own writing (referring to women):

“And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert—that is, death—even the Son of God had to die.”

I encourage you to read these sources for yourself. Pastors, ministers, evangelists, and those who refer to themselves as apostles and prophets should be very familiar with Church history. Persons in those positions should be able to converse fluently about the first 500 years of Christianity, Christian Middle Ages (600 – 1500),  Age of Reformation (1500 – 1650), and the last 300 years of the Church.

Misogyny is just one of several black marks on Christianity that need to be readily addressed when trying to bring people to the faith. Being ignorant of the fact is not an excuse when confronted with opposing view points. Calling the “devil” a liar or clinging to “the Bible is inerrant” is viewed as an easy way out and intellectually dishonest.

Update: I’ve compiled over 75 Bible verses (Hebrew Bible / Old Testament  and New Testament) that support my assertion that the Bible is anti-women.

“Ante-Nicene Fathers” is an eight volume collection. “Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers” is a 28 volume collection.

Roberts, A., Donaldson, J., & Coxe, A. C. (1997). The Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV : Translations of the writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325 (14). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Church History, Women | , , , , , | 16 Comments