The Affects Of The Ancient Patriarchal Societies And Its Influences On The Bible And The Creation Of Feminist Theology

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The Affects of the Ancient Patriarchal Societies and its Influences on the Bible and the Creation of Feminist Theology.Mary Daly states that "a woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan." The question is why are things the way they are in Church and in theology? Theologians and Feminist theologians have both agreed that, besides the questionable author of Hebrews, every other book in the Bible has been written by a male. Not only was it written by a man but it was written by a male during a period of time when men were believed to be superior. Even if women were included in the texts, years of being reinterpreted through a patriarchal society have reduced the impact of women considerably. This is evident through the limited power that females hold in church positions. Feminist Theology's main goals are to try and recover the parts in history that were lost, trying to include women in places of power in Churches and primarily to confirm women's relationship with God and humanity.Feminist theology also goes beyond the above mentioned points and talks about the naming of God as "Father" and "He". According to Mary Daly "Women have had the power of naming stolen from us." Did men name God "Him" simply because they were not in a society where God could be comprehended as a female? Or do men truly believe that God has a gender? There have been many verses in the Bible that talk about the gender of God as both a female and as a male. [1] Proof of God as a female can be found in Proverbs 1:20-33. The verses clearly state God as a "She", such as verse 1:21 "She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words" Feminists, unlike some male Theologians who tend not to focus on verses of God as a female, do not reject the presence of God as a male in the text, such as in the verse Genesis 1:26 "Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, Feminist Theologians aren't trying to claim that God is a female but prove that God has no gender and is inclusive of all people. [2]The way in which Feminist theology perceives the identity of God seems more accurate to me than the simple belief that God is a male. Besides, the evidence in the Bible verses that were already mentioned, there is the simple evidence of the Bible itself, how it is a book that was written by men, inspired by God. Therefore, their opinions and beliefs, whether intentional or not, are included in the texts. The belief in God as a higher power would mean that God is above humans and does not therefore need to have a specific sex. This is also shown when God creates man and woman in God's image. If God was solely a male then how would creating a woman have been in his image? To me it shows the ultimate belief in the dual sex of God.Being that the Bible was written by man, it has the inherit flaw to be interpreted by people in the way...

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