For 1900 years, women were a sub-human group to be seen and not heard, property of their husbands, property of their fathers, not allowed to have a voice, not allowed to work, let alone be a pastor or spiritual advisor. (from the perspective of Christianity)
For approximately 100 years, that has changed. From the viewpoint of Judaism, those rules have been in place for far longer than 1900 years.
That's a ratio of 19:1. Are the verses with which people have a moral conflict really "out of context", or are they merely inconvenient in 2013? Keeping in mind that there are still many denoms who believe women should not be the head of household, should not have positions of power (like president or governor) and should not be allowed to serve in a pastoral role...
More to the point - for 19 centuries, a religion evolved to become more restrictive over time, not less, spurred on by the same forces that split it into multiple denominations. Isn't it disingenuous to suggest after the 20th century that things are being taken out of context, rather than admitting that the morality of the modern world is in direct conflict with the morality of the religion that had the same core values for 2000 years?
Isn't it disingenuous to suggest after the 20th century that things are being taken out of context, rather than admitting that the morality of the modern world is in direct conflict with the morality of the religion that had the same core values for 2000 years?
Yes, hence the need for cherry picking. Many try to make their religion mesh with their current 21st century lifestyle, while at the same time crying out about "the downfall of society" and needing to go back to "simpler", AKA the 1950's, times. It kills me how I'll see people post rants on FB about how being gay is a choice & marriage is between a man & a woman, when those same people had pre-marital sex in HS, college & after college. They used to drink heavily, do drugs, smoke & have tattoos. Hell, one even recently cheated on his wife but, still goes on about the sanctity of marriage. Can you say hypocrite?!?
Answer by 3libras at 11:57 AM on Mar. 28, 2013
The Bible was written in part to try to make sense of the world for a Bronze age society, while at the same time to try to justify the immorality of the times - like slavery and the subjugation of women. They were just as wrong then as they are now . . . we've just caught up a little bit to reason. Hopefully, we'll catch up to reason even more in this century and blow away the superstitions of ancient tribal concerns.
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