January 30, 2014
Rebekah Mays writes for On Pop Theology about hearing the Christmas story with fresh “newly-formed liberal-feminist” ears and finding it to be offensively sexist.
“All this to say, while listening to the Annunciation story, my carefully watered, Biblically liberal, skipping-Ephesians-4-when-I-read-the-Bible Christianity-in-a-pot began to wither. A part of me had been convinced that, if I focused on the “Jesusy” passages in the gospels, I would get to the heart of what Christianity was, and not have to worry about troublesome things like the sexism all over the Bible. But this isn’t even a passage that you can skip over. This is the story of how Christ was born – it’s kind of important. And even this story is problematic.”
She goes on to explore how we react to parts of Scripture or orthodox religious beliefs that we find offensive.