I thank God for a feminist agenda
1. I have spent some time researching the specific Canandian laws which protect me at this moment and was surprised to find that some of them are less than 5 years old and certainly arose out of a feminist agenda. I thank God for these laws. I don't embrace all forms of feminism but I thank God for the feminist agenda that has contributed to my present safety. If someone criticizes the 'whole message of feminism' then I am uncomfortable with that.
2. I believe that hierarchy in marriage is on the same level as slavery and submission to a totalitarian government. The writings of Paul may or may not have been advocating this kind of hierarchy.
3. I don't think that marriage is of central importance to either the gospel or the recommended lifestyle of the epistles, so it should not shut down debate entirely if I chose not to discuss it. My inbox has been interesting in the past. Once someone from the Desiring God Ministries wrote and asked me a list of personal questions about my marriage. On another occasion, someone wrote for personal advice on marriage. So that is why I make this point - in case you were asking.
I would like to simply approach the Bible as a middle-aged single woman - so asking me if I don't really think that child-bearing is the role of women in the church isn't on either. That was another email exchange which I didn't handle very graciously. I experience conversations like this as sexual harassment. How often do I ask about men about their role in marriage and child-begetting?
Okay, so I don't want to be asked awkward questions about marriage and child-bearing, but everything else is good - women leaders in the church, aspects of gender in translation and preferably any other issue at all in Bible translation, but not necessarily all that is involved in interpreting the scriptures.
Now for the important stuff. Are some of you still viewing this blog in IE 6 and do my posts regularly display the missing glyph box since I no longer preview in IE 6?