Writing for Sojouners EEWC-CFT member Reta Halteman Finger addresses many common misconceptions about Paul in an interesting and informative article.
Jesus was a radical who welcomed everyone and criticized powerful leaders who oppressed the poor. Jesus was crucified because he was a political threat. But the Apostle Paul was a conservative missionary who misunderstood Jesus and was anti-woman, pro-slavery, and anti-gay.
That seems to sum up how many progressive Christians view Paul. But are such views justified by the biblical record? Or are there other ways to understand the zealous Pharisee who became an apostle to the Gentiles?
Reta authors the Christian Feminism Today Bible study blog, Reta’s Reflections.