Unformatted text preview: Critical engagement essay Quest for the Living god CH5 In the Roman Catholic Church woman have gone through many stages of repression and omission. The reasoning for this cycle of discriminating behavior has been known to stem from the roots of living in a patriarchal society. Taking cultures from all around the world as examples, we see that most, if not all of them, are patriarchal. For example, men being the wise elders of the Native Americans, Zeus being the overseeing god of the Ancient Greeks, and our American government for the past 300 years being dominated by men. his text had disturbing
points, such as Tim 2:11, and leaves the reader wondering what the roots of the patriarchal society are, along with noting that women have god on their side in a patriarchal society. A disturbing piece of scripture is Tim 2:11 which states how woman shall have no authority over any man, regardless of circumstance and time. Tim 2:11 refers to how Eve gave Adam the apple in the Genesis accounts, and therefore concludes that women are transgressions until they bare children. This is an olden view not commonly held in current era America. This is disturbing due to the fact that it is demoralizing and dehumanizing women. A basic right for a white man in all times is the ability to command and feel confident he is being followed, and being sure he can supply ample motivation if he is met with resistance. A thought provoking piece of this article came about when glancing deeper into the stories. When we notice the patriarchal society we live in and how it has been common all throughout history, it is common to wonder why and how this came to be. We can notice from a biblical perspective how God has been noted to be male, yet we still cannot trace back in history when the patriarchal world began. In the time of Jesus being on Earth a patriarchal society was already in place, same when we look back to ancient cultures such as the Greeks and Romans. Patriarchal societies encourage the repression of woman. Noting that woman are the oppressed of the two sexes (neglecting the cis and trans communities), it can make a woman feel rejected and unenthused to be part of this society. Rosemary Radford Ruther was speaking on the gender of God and after having a male member of the audience call her out on her gender pronouns she concluded it was evident that “the [male] idea of God [is] cast in theological language and engraved in the public and private prayer”(98). However, on the opposite spectrum, asking a male about living in a patriarchal society he typically feels empowered. Mary Daly seemed to extract a males subconscious, and at times conscious thoughts, when she said “if God is male, then the male is God”(99). Seeing the two different views on society we can assess that gender roles have been engraved into us for millennia. Living in a society where an atheist will even refer to God as a male, and envision him as a white male, we can see the degree as to how our early this stereotypes are engraved into our minds. The reading refers the need to accept God having both male and female qualities as the ability to accept God as the being God is, not the idol of being male or female. ...
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