On Jesus and women

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2010.

Dorothy L. Sayers:

Perhaps it is no wonder that women were first at the cradle and last at the cross. They had never known a man like this man. There never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made sick jokes about women; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took women’s questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out a certain sphere for women; who never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took women as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its point or pungency from female perversity. Nobody could get from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything funny or inferior about women.

Are Women Human?

Justin

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4 thoughts on “On Jesus and women

  • 8 March, 2010 at 10:02 am
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    Thanks for this quote! It’s from her book “Are Women Human?”

  • 8 March, 2010 at 5:26 pm
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    BTW in case you didn’t hear it, Leah popped by my office today to say that the V&V quote for today (this one) inspired her and another fellow at her church to totally re-vamp a youth Bible study they were doing (a study on the 12 disciples). Something didn’t feel right, they said, and it was that women were missing from their study.

    So nice work, Jus!

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