The similarity in attitude towards slaves and women in ancient Greece is uncanny. Despite incremental recognition for women since that time, it seems similar ancient misogynist values still apply in the Church.
Their father controlled them before they were married
Their spouse controlled them once they were married… Ref
Women had very little influence, or power in Greek society and were not highly regarded until they could produce a child…
There was a disdainful attitude to women:
Euripides from his book ‘ Meda’ writes; ‘If only children could be got some other way without the female sex! If women didn’t exist, human life would be rid of all its miseries’ Ref
… and this was congruent to the attitude towards slaves:
Most ancient writers considered slavery not only natural but necessary. Ref
It is surprising that the birthplace of democracy was so inequitable towards women. Perhaps it created the structures for millenia of misogyny and racism, or perhaps it simply bolstered attitudes that were there in pre-Grecian society.
While this astounding, prophetic, self-congratulatory society was flawed at the core, we see the same flaw in the LCA with a despicable attitude towards women. While Lutheran theology has provided a significant contribution to the modern church, the chauvinist attitude of key LCA figures will be a thing of shame in the annals of history.
- Timeline: the women’s movement (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- The formation of another Lutheran synod – LCA history – Wikipedia (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- A woman’s story of leaving the LCA (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- Getting along with each other (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- LCA Adds To Youth Suicide. Part 1. Dear Lord Forgive Us! (lcamyopinion.wordpress.com)