Religious Studies: Christian Attitudes Towards Racism and Gender

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In history of Christianity, what has there been many occasions of?
The behaviour of individuals or groups of Christians would be described as racist.
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Give three examples of when the behaviour of individuals or groups of Christians would be described as racist.
During the crusades,thousands were killed in the name of Christianity.Spain invaded S.America-10,000s were killed in attempts to convert them to Christianity,there wealth was taken too.The slave plantations were mostly owned by Christians.
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"Were you a slave when called?Dont be concerned.Even if you can gain freedom,make use of your present condition now.For whoever was called in Lord as a slave's a freed person belonging 2 Lord,just as whoever was free when called's a slave of Christ"
This passage - like some others - supports slavery.
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How does the Christian Church today juxtapose with the opinions in the New Testament?
It condemns any form of slavery.
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Talk about what was introduced in South Africa in 1948.
The Prime Minister, the Rev. Daniel François Malan, introduced the legislation know as apartheid. Under these laws people were separated by their skin colour: black, white or mixed race. This was supported by the Dutch Reformed church.
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When was the apartheid abolished in South Africa?
1994!
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What is sexism?
A form of prejudice based on gender, typically against women.
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What was the opinion of many in the past on the roles of women and men?
They believed that women and men possessed different skills, and this has resulted in them being treated differently.
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What is the church often accused of? Why?
As being sexist. The language used in the Church always seems to be in favour of men, and God is almost always referred to as being male.
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"Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God"
This passage of St Paul's from the New Testament appears to be saying that women are inferior to men.
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"Women should remain silent in churches.They aren't allowed to speak but must be in submission,as the Law says.If they want to enquire about something,they should ask their own husbands at home;for it's disgraceful for a woman to speak in churches"
This passage of St Paul's from the New Testament appears to be saying that women are inferior to men.
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What has the Christian teachings by St Paul on women led to the tradition view of?
That men should go out to work to provide for the family while women bring up children and run the home.
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What do many Christians feel the role of men and women is in the modern day?
That men and women should be given real opportunities and responsibilities in the work place and at home.
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What has the Christian church been very slow in doing?
Changing its position in relation to women.
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Talk about the role of women in Roman Catholic Church.
Women aren't accepted as priests as it's felt only men should say the words spoken by Jesus repeated during Mass.It's also thought God came to Earth in form of man- Jesus.His representatives should only be men&12 apostles chosen by Jesus were men.
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How has St Paul's teaching on women influenced the Roman Catholic Church?
They don't accept women as priests because St Paul taught that women 'should be silent'
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What have many Christians argued in recent years?
That women should have an equal role in worship and the priesthood - not just on grounds of equality but because of what happened in the early church.
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Talk about the role of women in Methodist, Baptist ect. Church.
They have long been accepted in their ministry, and allow both men and women to be ministers, to preach and to have equal responsibility.
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Talk about the role of women in the Church of England.
They have been accepted as vicars since 1994 - some Anglicans disagree with this and haven't been comfortable with women taking over their parish (church area)
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Give three examples of when the behaviour of individuals or groups of Christians would be described as racist.

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During the crusades,thousands were killed in the name of Christianity.Spain invaded S.America-10,000s were killed in attempts to convert them to Christianity,there wealth was taken too.The slave plantations were mostly owned by Christians.

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"Were you a slave when called?Dont be concerned.Even if you can gain freedom,make use of your present condition now.For whoever was called in Lord as a slave's a freed person belonging 2 Lord,just as whoever was free when called's a slave of Christ"

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How does the Christian Church today juxtapose with the opinions in the New Testament?

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Talk about what was introduced in South Africa in 1948.

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