Feminism | Posted by Jackson B on 09/1/2014

Women in the Church

 “The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.” — 1 Corinthians 14:34, from the New American Standard Bible

Early in my Christian faith, I decided that I had a particular right to question the Bible. I readily accept some elements, of course — specifically those words that are printed in red. But the verse above is one of many that doesn’t sit well with me. Especially after spending the past year as a pianist at a small, country Southern church ministered by — you guessed it — a woman, I now question 1 Corinthians 14:34 more than I ever did in the past.

One of the building blocks of the Christian …

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Feminism | Posted by Ama K on 08/17/2012

Sex and Christianity

Purity Rings: Not For Everybody

I was born and raised a Christian. From the time I came out of the womb, I was immersed in a highly religious family, and I lived most of my life with blinders on. I never really questioned anything and just accepted whatever was said to me. As I got older, I got more curious and began questioning the beliefs I was raised with more. I still believe in God and consider myself a Christian, but there are many aspects of my religion that I don’t agree with.

At church one Sunday, I went to the teen service and the topic that week was virginity and sex before marriage. I personally don’t plan on waiting until marriage, but I was interested in what was going …

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Feminism | Posted by Katherine C on 04/6/2010

Being A Christian Feminist

Christa Crucifix

"Christa Crucifix"

I was raised by feminists- my mother, father, and both grandparents made sure I knew that being a girl was something to be cherished.  When I was very small, we worshipped at home, led by my grandfather, a pastor, so as a young child I was never exposed to mainstream Protestant ideology.  I remember my mother and grandmother going through our collections of children’s Bible stories, crossing out all the masculine pronouns and replacing them with gender-neutral or feminine ones. I never imagined God as male: as a little girl, I envisioned Her as a regal, beautiful princess; as I grew up, She matured into a wise old matriarch.

When I was seven, we moved away from my grandparents and joined a “real” church, and I quickly became …

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