Although these aren’t the only two problems, they are at least two! Someone will no doubt bring up The Vagina Monologues. And perhaps someone else will bring up Boob Quake. There are other references. It is interesting to me how heated some discussions get, such as discussions surrounding this issue. I sometimes wonder if that one verse, 1 Timothy 2: 12, wasn’t written: “I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent,” how differently things would play out. Even though the bible was clearly written from a patriarchal point of view, and even though much of the pastoral epistles were written ad hoc, that one proof-text wouldn’t be at the disposal of those who also don’t allow women to teach or even speak in church, never mind have any kind of authority or leadership. And even though it is probable that Paul didn’t even write the pastoral epistles, this verse still carries so much canonical weight that has enormous consequences in the church.
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