“Troublesome Things Like the Sexism All Over the Bible”

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.

Read “The Christmas Story is Sexist and Faith Isn’t Nice” here.


Kenetha J. Stanton
Kenetha J. Stanton is a writer, artist, and healer who is passionate about the theme of finding beauty in our healed broken places. More of her writing and work can be found on her website, A Kintsugi Life. She also works as Program Manager and Assistant to the Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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