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Women in Christianity

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Religion and Equality The Role of Women in Christianity Women in Christian society Throughout the ages, The Christian church has often been accused of being sexist. Biblical scriptures are often written in favour of men and even God is assumed by the Church as being male. Many Christians take the Bible literally, following Biblical scriptures such as 'God made man in his own image' (Genesis 1:27). This particular teaching is often used to justify the differences of men and women in the Church. Is the Bible sexist? The Bible makes many references that would suggest that women have a status lower than that of men within Christianity. However the Bible was written in times which were very different to now and then, it was seen as the socially accepted roles of men and women. ...read more.

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The Bible also shows is that Jesus did criticize women, in this reference, it was about his mother: "When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'they have no wine.' And Jesus said to her, 'woman, what concern is that to you and me?'" (John 2:3-4a) However in Matthew, Jesus is shown to respect women for he treats them well. Opinions Some Christians feel that the differences in the roles of men and women are very distinct. Women should do the traditional roles of looking after the house and raising the children whilst the men work to earn money that the family needs to survive. ...read more.

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Roman Catholic view The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a priest represents Jesus and Jesus was a man and therefore women cannot be priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church also justifies their opinion by reminding people that Jesus chose only men for his disciples. "Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alpheus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers." (Acts 1:12-14) ...read more.

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