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Paperback Verified Purchase This is a well written work that gives every impression of having been well researched and it benefits from stating its case mildly and without acrimony, which is in marked contrast to some of the hysterical male reaction to the very idea of women priests.
Considering that the word hysteria comes from the Greek word for the womb, such male reaction would suggest that those indulging in it have failed to mature effectively since they left the womb.
The outstanding question is: Karen Jo Torjesen is actually conventional in her approach, mostly accepting the veracity of the New Testament without question, preferring instead to find evidence for female leadership within the text as it currently exists. Although the Gospel of Mary Magdalene is brought into the equation, it isn't in any way over-emphasised.
The reader might also feel that the author has been too easy on characters such as Augustine of Hippo, who was so adept at revealing himself as a miserably mixed up misogynistic moaner of the highest order.
Augustine was the arch-interpreter of post-Constantine Christianity. Subsequent Christian teaching has suffered considerably by, all too often, interpreting the Christian message through his theology.
Karen Jo Torjesen is to be congratulated for not falling into the trap of using the polemical ferocity beloved of so many opponents of the ordination of women. She writes in a carefully worded, step by step, easily assimilated fashion, setting forth her evidence in a revealing, non-assertive manner.
The reader does not have to agree with her interpretation of the Christian message to enjoy this book, although all fair minded people in favour of sexual equality will be delighted that she has championed the ordination of women as Christian priests in such a well researched and convincing fashion.
Not only is this work of interest to Christian readers, those who question the veracity of the bibleincluding the New Testament, will find it helpful.
Considering the mess male leadership has made of Christianity over the past years, turning it into a power-hungry, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, intolerant, torturing monster, it's now surely time that the male leadership resigned en masse and handed it all over to the ladies.
Then, perhaps, we would be able to visualise deity as a truly caring, womb-centred universal Great Mother, who would have far more in common with the universe as we now know it than the current Christian concept of a three headed daddy in the sky. For too long Christianity has been stuck in a mire of intransigence, refusing to accept truth when it's staring it in the face as such scientists as Copernicus and Galileo found out to their cost.
When the Christians destroyed the great library in Alexandria it plunged Europe into the Dark Ages and retarded progress for a thousand years. Women invented religion centred around hearth and home. They domesticated fowl and pigs.
When the men went out hunting and came back empty handed, the women would say: Men are better at doing things; women are better at managing things.
This is why the world is in such a mess, because too many men are managing things and not doing enough to make things work. Women are natural managers because they have to manage home and children and they are also much better at managing religion.
The reason why some religions hate pigs is because they were seen as a woman-thing and therefore a danger to male dominance, besides which men preferred wandering over the landscape with flocks and herds whilst their women folk remained at home doing all the hard work. Anyway, read Karen's book; it's a real eye-opener.When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity, by Karen Jo Torjesen.
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Torjessen concludes with a compelling question: "What if God had breasts?" The question is more than rhetorical, Torjessen citing Neolithic /5(30).
|Personally, I found her arguments for both points very compelling. Think, for example, of the book of Romans.|
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