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Created: December 8, 2002
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By Veronic Sanders

On November 1, Veronica Sanders wrote:

The following chapters were interesting to me from the "Sexism and God-Talk" readings. Below are some key points that I want to address:

  • Feminist Theology-

    I believe that R. Ruether was saying that the full humanity of women has been denied, which says that we are not a part of God. (Pages 18 - 19)

    My understanding about the full humanity of women is that, we are not denied and we are a part of God according to scripture. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in His (God) own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." According to Genesis 1:27 we (male and female) have a relationship with the divine (God) and He is our heavenly father. Also, we must resemble him, because the above scripture says we were created in His (God) own image. Therefore, I believe the full humanity of women has been denied by most, but those who believe God's word (the bible) believe and know differently.

  • Sexism and God-Language: Male and Female Images of the Divine-

    In this chapter I believe that R. Ruether was saying that then in the biblical times as well as now, men have always dominated the woman. (Page 74)

    Well, I agree with Ruether on this point, because everyone that is not in denial knows that men believe women should submit to them and be under their (cultural) control, sexually, and domestically. However, again that was not the plan of God, because the scripture says in (Ephesians 5:21 - 29), that the husband and wife should submit themselves one to another in the fear (reverence) of God. So, no man has control over his wife in any negative way. However, the remaining verses says that the husband is the head of his house in that he should provide, protect, and care for his wife and family.

  • Ministry and Community for a People Liberated From Sexism-

    In this chapter I believe that R. Ruether was saying that as women try to function in an everyday public role under the male rule, she finds herself limited to the options that she desires, especially in the area of ministry.

    This is an extremely controversial topic in many Baptist churches and even in other denominations within the church world. However, according to the history in scripture there were women who worked in ministry with the Apostle Paul (New Testament). Before I go into that area I would like to mention that Romans 2:11 says, for there is no respect of persons with God.

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  • Ministry and Community for a People Liberated From Sexism-

    So, first of all here on earth it is obvious that man has made his own laws, but with God there is no difference between man and woman, because God has no respect of person according to Romans 2:11.

    To those who believe there were no women in scripture who were involved in ministry, I would like to turn their attention to Acts 18:26, where it states, "He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila (husband and wife), heard him (Apollos), they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately." This passage of scripture shows that there was a husband and wife team ministering the word of God together. Also, in scripture (Romans 16:3) the Apostle Paul is seen greeting Priscilla and Aquila (as a team, husband and wife), which Paul refers to them as his helpers in Christ Jesus.

    As a final point I feel it was difficult to read Sexism and God-Talk, because I didn't totally agree with everything the author said, however, it did encourage me to read my bible and compare scripture with various topics that R. Ruether addressed. Overall, it was very entertaining and from it I learned that there are over perspectives different from what I am accustomed to, which has made me more knowledgeable.

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