Religion and Human Relationships: Roles of Men and Women in a Christian Family

Different Christian views on the roles of men and women in a family

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  • Religion and Human Relationships: Roles of Men and Women in a Christian Family
    • Some Christians say that men should be dominant and women should be submissive, look after house etc.
      • "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church"
      • Eve was made by God as a companion for Adam, a helper
      • Eve sinned first, so women are weaker
      • In St. Pauls scriptures, it states that women should 'obey their husbands'
      • Jesus chose 12 men to be Disciples so must have thought them superior to women
      • Roman Catholics do not allow women to be priests and all popes have been male
    • Other Christians say men and women are equal in a relationship and should share roles in a marriage
      • "In the image of God he created him; male and female he created them"
      • "There is neither...male or female...for you are all one in Christ Jesus"
      • All equal in Christ
      • Treat others how you would have them treat you. Do to others what you would have them do to you
    • Liberal Protestants look at Jesus' actions for guidance. he permitted them to be followers and showed respect
    • Less 'traditional' Christians tend to view men and women as equals and believe they can have leadership roles in church
    • The Anglican Church ordained its first women priests in 1994- views have changed recently


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