Gender and the Church

860 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
At this time in the world, set standards and expectations that have held for decades and centuries are being challenged. One of the most common issues that come to mind is that of women and their roles in the church. Besides race, this topic has been at the forefront of the majority of social change, religious and non-religious, our culture has gone through in the past 50-100 years. But when social norms are challenged, the initial reaction is to allow people in a church to decide if or how that religion should follow the larger change that is happening around them. Women are gaining a larger role in every day society in terms of job opportunities, working toward equal pay, and physical independence. Although somewhat behind the curve, churches are open to increasing the role of women now more than ever. The sense of security in this comes from Biblical books such as 1 Timothy which has a few gender specific comments. The main one comes from verses 11 and 12. 1 Timothy was written by Paul, one of Jesus’ apostles. Chapter two, verses 11 and 12 states, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” (NIV) Those are some pretty harsh comments, especially out of context. There are three contextual and historical facts that will allow us to understand this quote a little more…
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