Archive: January 14, 2007 - January 20, 2007
Men, the patriarchs, "the good and not-so-good old boys" were the primary religious scholars and leaders, the interpreters of sacred texts and laws, ritual makers and architects of religious institutions.
By John Esposito | January 20, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (52)
The value of just war norms is that they help us test the wisdom and morality of wars. It seems clear that in Iraq, we have failed.
By David Saperstein | January 20, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (5)
Most religious lawcodes were devised in premodern era, when all women were regarded as second-class citizens.
By Karen Armstrong | January 19, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (335)
While the woman is to submit to the husband’s leadership, the husband is to treat the wife as Christ treated the Church, that is, sacrifice himself totally for his wife (Ephesians 5:22-33).
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | January 19, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (149)
Women need beware men in unchecked charge.
By John Dominic Crossan | January 19, 2007; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (16)
Institutionalized religions all too frequently have blunted theological teachings so that there is no religious distinction between God’s will and trivial human cultural customs.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | January 19, 2007; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (10)
In my most recent posting on women and religion, I raised the baffling question of why women are more religious than men. Astoundingly, many readers seem to think they know the answer: women must be stupider than men. They cite...
By Susan Jacoby | January 18, 2007; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (136)
Goddess feminists are whistling in the dark when they argue that everyone used to worship goddesses and that this was a Good Thing for women-the assumption being that women are more compassionate than men.
By Wendy Doniger | January 18, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (152)
There are some hints in the Hebrew Bible of a better situation before the patriarchy that seems ingrained in the text.
By Julia Neuberger | January 18, 2007; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (7)
Religion--institutional and formal--would fare better if it had higher regard for the faith that women bring with them.
By William J. Byron | January 18, 2007; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (70)
I admire the determination of women who have fought for equal status within their religions but I am happy that replacing a patriarchal God with a matriarchal Goddess, or unisex Spirit, is not my problem.
By Susan Jacoby | January 18, 2007; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (88)
The feeling of being connected, the observance of the laws, and the inner devotion were always – and continue to be – stronger among women than men.
By Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz | January 18, 2007; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (33)
We have to wait patiently for the total revolution of modernity and postmodernity in the struggle between the genders in the field of religion.
By Sulayman Nyang | January 17, 2007; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (18)
Prejudice against women is related to a desire to control their reproductive capacity.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | January 17, 2007; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (72)
The full and equal status of women is not only one of the fruits of modernity, but consistent with the originative impulse of Christianity.
By Marcus Borg | January 17, 2007; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (28)
Jesus Christ raised women to a new level in culture and in His church.
By Cal Thomas | January 17, 2007; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (53)
While Bush has certainly shown that he is stubborn and unrelentingly confident during the course of his Administration, when have these qualities ever passed for wisdom?
By Donna Freitas | January 16, 2007; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (25)
In my opinion, denying the existence of God is much like getting up every day and denying that there will be a tomorrow, “I have never seen it – so I won’t believe in it.”
By Lyle Dukes | January 16, 2007; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (124)
It will take another major reformation to turn Christianity's ecclesiastical sexism around.
By John Shelby Spong | January 16, 2007; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (8)
As someone born Jewish in the post-Holocaust era, I can’t say that an armed response is never justified or necessary. But let us not call it ‘just.’
By Starhawk | January 15, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (433)
Having made a huge mess, we maybe do have a responsibility to stay and clear it up.
By Nicholas T. Wright | January 15, 2007; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (35)
The problem with the concept of a just war is the implication that the_conditions of the teaching can actually be met.
By James Anderson | January 15, 2007; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (19)
We have increased the risk of global conflict and, yes, global terrorism by our actions. If there is something "just" in all this, it is hard to discern.
By William A. Graham | January 15, 2007; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (15)
Christians should contribute a more radical ethic than 'Just War.'
By William Tully | January 15, 2007; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (28)
There is a "Just War" tradition in Judaism but this war does not fit any criteria one might apply.
By Julia Neuberger | January 15, 2007; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (25)
Religious voices that support this war on the basis of some obscure prediction from the first century in the book of Revelation are frankly in need of psychiatric intervention and should be treated at once.
By John Shelby Spong | January 15, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (23)
Among the gravest moral dangers of this war is the extent to which we, as a nation, have been led to embrace the tactics of our terrorist enemy.
By Mark S. Sisk | January 14, 2007; 5:32 PM ET | Comments (31)
A surge will simply mean more young Americans in body bags and wheel chairs, more families left without dads, moms, sons, or daughters, and more slaughter of innocent civilians. The war in Iraq was unjust; to continue it now is criminal.
By Jim Wallis | January 14, 2007; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (11)
Perhaps the American people are beginning to realize that the war on the streets of Baghdad is not going to be won by an increase in troops, as our stubborn President insists, but by finally sitting down with other world leaders to discuss how we can work together to end terrorism.
By Lauren Artress | January 14, 2007; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (21)