The Importance of Women Within Christianity

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The Importance of Women Within Christianity

The role of women in Church has forever been scrutinized and misunderstood; although many churches continue to refuse women certain rights, it cannot be overseen the vast contributions women have given to Christianity and vice versa. All forms of Christianity use scriptures to guide their beliefs, theories and practices. For centuries it has been disputed and argued as to how scriptures should mold religious practices with changing times; with this several branches of Christianity have been formed and each branch views women differently according to their scripture translations, guidance, and beliefs. From Early Christian times people have followed and believed many religious theologians,
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Women were given a few roles within the church including, members of diocesan synod, auditors, and defenders of marriage bond. This attempt at creating a ‘place’ or status for women was argued and criticized from both spectrums. These are not large roles and still put men at a higher position than women, but they acknowledge that women deserve to participate in religious leadership positions. The philosophy of these arguments and translation has influenced, and been influenced by, various different theologians throughout the development of Christianity.
Christianity has been influenced by many different philosophers and theologians that have shaped and defined the beliefs and faith of Christian followers. However, their individual opinions and theories, based on women’s roles and status, were not necessarily intended for a contemporary society. Their concepts and convictions about women are supported, yet they have become obsolete with the changes that have occurred politically and religiously throughout the growth of Christianity.
Many of the early Christian theories were hypocritical and condescending towards women and their capability within the church. Perhaps one of the most superseded theologians, regarding his views towards women, was Paul. In many of his theories he referred to women as merely a ‘reflection of man’ and not sufficiently expert. Despite the praise of a few known
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