I just added a new page, “Christian myths on gender and gender roles” to my blog. It is largely based on ideas I got here. There are several more topics to add, and my readers are welcome to add ideas.
Myths that are not there yet, but which I hope to adress in future, include:
Male-only rule is good for creating a stable and progressive society; Eve is blamed alone for the fall; Women are made only reflectively in God’s image as the moon reflects the sun; Motherhood/ wifehood is a woman’s highest calling; Men are called to be the head/high priest/ prophet/ king of the home; Provision is a male gender role; Only complementarians are reading the Bible for its “clear” meaning.
In a previous post, I made this allegation about complementarians:
[They] read God’s statement to Eve- “thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” as ” thy desire should be to thy husband, and he ought to rule over thee.” (more…)
Does creation and the fall make men leaders?
Moore starts with the creation account in Genesis 2, and highlight the part where Eve is formed from Adam. He then say:
Further, Scripture tells us that the woman is to be ruled by her husband, because Eve was deceived.
Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children ; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.”
But that is simply eisegesis – seeing things in scripture that is just not there. The words are “he will rule“, not “he is supposed to rule” or “he will do right if he rules.” Jesus also said snares will take little ones from him (Matt. 18:7), but He never told anyone to place such snares. (more…)