I quite agree. Since the male writers of the Jewish and Christian scriptures were steeped in the bias of deeply misogynist cultures, isn’t it all the more amazing that the stories of women’s courage, ingenuity and faithfulness are able to shine past the authors’ limitations? Occasionally, as in the case of Paul of Tarsus, even despite cultural encumbrances, seeds were able to be planted for radical societal transformation by women’s equality (e.g., Galatians 3:28).
This past Easter Sunday, I preached an admittedly strange homily (later published in Crossing Genres) that blatantly presented the misogynist viewpoint, stated as the closing argument in the case against resurrection by Chief Prosecuter, one Mr De Ville.
While there are still many miles to go before we get anywhere near true gender equality, I’m pleased that we’ve made enough progress that, in my uptown Toronto Anglican parish at least, people were able to recognize satire when they heard it.