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Unformatted text preview: Kendra Kinzer April 15, 2008 ENG 216 Womens Rights to Preach the Gospel Look on page 578 for info about womens roles during Victorian Age. Summary: The first and most common objection urged against the public exercises of women, is, that they are unnatural and unfeminine. Use, or custom, makes things appear to us natural, which, in reality, are very unnatural; while, on the other hand, novelty and rarity make very natural things appear strange and contrary to nature. We cannot discover anything either unnatural or immodest in a Christian woman, becomingly attired, appearing on a platform or in a pulpit. By nature she seems fitted to grace either. God has given to woman a graceful form and attitude, winning manners, persuasive speech, and, above all, a finely-toned emotional nature, all of which appear to us eminent natural qualifications for public speaking It must be proved either that woman has not the ability to teach or to preach, or that the possession and exercise of this ability unnaturalizes her in other respects; that so soon as she presumes to step...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 216 taught by Professor Holberg during the Spring '08 term at Calvin.
- Spring '08
- British Literature