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May 1, 2018 / C H Thompson

Feminism and religion

  • Feminists see religion as patriarchal. Many feminists would see that religion tends to act as a conservative force by preventing change and maintaining patriarchy.

There are many examples within Christianity that support this view:

  • The Christian God has traditionally been seen as male. God is only referred to as the ‘father’. However, Islam refers to God as Allah, without a gender.
  • The language of worship is often male centred, with reference to both God and believers as ‘he’ and ‘him’.
  • Christianity traditionally defined the wife as a property of her husband  who owed him life-long obedience
  • Jesus and all of his disciples were male
  • The Bible was written entirely by men



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