March 27, 2018
Writing for the Huffington Post, campus minister Brandi Miller shows that even as patriarchy is being increasingly challenged in society today, it continues to thrive in the church. She begins her article with an emphasis on the many positive images of women throughout the Bible. “Yet in modern churches where patriarchy has found its way into the pulpit,” she says, “women are easily interpreted out of relevance in the scripture and stripped of their power to liberate other women in church spaces, to lead and to be heard.” She then points out the numerous consequences of this “patriarchy in the pulpit” and how it fosters beliefs in women’s inferiority, dangerously breeds toxic masculinity, and contributes to the abuse of women. She expresses concern about how patriarchal views are flourishing in these times of what she terms “state supported politicized evangelicalism.”
Take some time to read Brandi Miller’s new article, “Patriarchy has found a home in the pulpit,” our chosen link of the day.