Misogyny and Malarkey

Women have long been treated as second-class citizens within the church, and only in recent years has the mainstream relented in this (though many still cling to tradition). But how does this attitude fare from a biblical standpoint? Does the Bible endorse misogyny? The answer may surprise you.

Rembrandt's A Woman Bathing

Misogyny and Malarkey – Introduction

Millennia of being treated as second-class citizens (often legally designated as such), being forbidden certain rights and privileges afforded to men, and generally being taught that God has made them inferior to men... that's rough. [...]

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Adam and Eve by Antonio Molinari

Misogyny and Malarkey – Creation

The common tradition often holds the Creation story in Genesis as a historical, scriptural precedent for the built-in superiority of man over woman. That's misogyny and malarkey. Typically, Genesis 3:16 is the go-to verse for substantiation of this idea that men were created superior. [...]

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The Ale-House Door by Henry Singleton

Misogyny and Malarkey – The Head

Paul's teachings found in Ephesians 5 have long been used to communicate that wives (and therefore women) are positionally beneath their husbands (and therefore men), as God has placed man as the "head of the household". [...]

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Noli me tangere by Titian

Misogyny and Malarkey – Leadership

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Misogyny and MalarkeyWe’ve established that man and woman were created equal and that the “head of the household” [...]

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Raphael, St Paul Preaching in Athens

Misogyny and Malarkey – Teachers

Why do we see Paul seem to go all macho in 1 Timothy 2:11-12 (NASB): "A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet." [...]

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Martha and Mary Magdalene by Caravaggio

Misogyny and Malarkey – Silence

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Misogyny and Malarkey“When you put on your Christian garb, you become an heir, on the same level as all the other heirs. Men and [...]

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