In reading SMK's The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, I learned imensly about our faith and its history regarding women, how my emotional and self esteem problems are rooted in patriarchy, and how I truely believe that this book is part of the redemtive history Christ put into place. I was very enlightened.
I began reading the passages over and over in the bible which address women in the church. I came upon an essay written by NT Wright, (found on Scot McNights blog, which I think most of you frequent).
I read this and became very angry. In light of cultural contexts, Wright shows that women were given leadership roles in the early church. In fact, in Romans 16, all historical evidence points to the fact that the apostle Junias in verse 7 was actually a female, Junia. There was a large debate in which Junia was declared male, Junias. Again, I am angry.
However, throughout the angry feelings I somehow remember that God has worked through history. I couldn't help but think, even though the Feminie Devine has been surpressed and women's abilities have been shut out of the church, God has still worked through this world. I still found hope in Jesus Christ through the patriarcy of this world. The hope I hold onto is a redemptive hope. That God did not intend for this world to treat women the way we are treated and it is being redeemed. I think this is the first step in welcoming the Feminie Devine back into our lives.
I'd like to know what you all think about Wright's essay as well as redemptive trends.
Labels: Gender Issues, Women in Ministry