Friday, June 16, 2006

Christianity and women
Just like the average semi-churched (culturally lapsed Protestant) Anglo-American thinks church history in general is thus — ‘In the beginning there was God. And the Bible somehow. And Jesus. And all was right. Then (dum-dum-dummm!) those Catholics came along and mucked it all up (until the founder of my denomination set things right again)’ — so he thinks this about the church and the fair sex.

To give credit where it’s due, a de-bunking TV programme from Presbyterian minister D. James Kennedy had scholars point out that gnostics, who by definition looked down on the flesh including sex, not only didn’t treat women better than the church did (and their scriptures show that attitude) but would have found a Jesus who married and had sex utterly repugnant.

While we’re on the subject of that silly film again, here’s Lee Penn’s debunking article. (Members of Opus Dei don’t wear monk’s habits or have mescaline parties — some do use Spanish monastic-style physical penances — but then again Dan Brown doesn’t know much about religion.)

As I’ve said, debunking God as we think we know him as a hypothetical exercise has been done and better, from the plot of Star Trek V to Clive Barker’s novel Imajica.

From the LRC blog.

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