Confronting Christianity - Chapter 8 - Doesn't Christianity Denigrate Women?
These discussion questions are intended to help us think through the content of the chapter. Feel free to answer each question, answer only one, or simply use them as a launching pad for your thoughts.
- What are your general thoughts on the chapter? Any parts stick out to you?
The author points out that,
“The portrayal of women in the Gospels—particularly in Luke’s Gospel—is stunningly countercultural.... Jesus’s valuing of women is unmistakable. In a culture in which women were devalued and often exploited, it underscores their equal status before God and his desire for personal relationship with them.”
- How have you been taught to think about women in the Bible?
- In your experience, have your Christian communities treated women in a way that resembles Jesus’ actions? Are there areas that have been lacking?
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” (Eph. 5:22–24 NIV)
The author described some of her own wresting through this passage, describe your own experience with this passage.
The author makes the case that
"the claim that being pro-life implies being anti-women is unsustainable.”
The pro-life issue can be tricky to discuss, because both sides of the argument are often tangled up with emotion, experience, past hurt, and more. Unfortunately, many people believe that pro-life must equal anti-women, largely because of the behavior of those claiming to be pro-life.
- How can we be better at communicating pro-life values while simultaneously championing women?
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