The Christian View of Women Who Preach

Obviously, I’m over-generalizing in the headline, but it’s no surprise than many Christian men cannot handle women who display any sort of authority over them.

David Hayward, as he so often does, says that without words:

He offers more insight into this sexist dynamic on his site — definitely a good read.

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  • NoRhythm

    I have to say, my first thought was “why the googly eyes?”

  • Mankoi

    I must have spent a good minute trying to think of why men would think of female teachers as owls, before I got it…

    • baal

      Give a hoot?

  • Marcus
    • grindstone

      This guy….okay I applaud him for coming close to almost espousing an egalitarian view of Christian marriage, which is an improvement, but …yeah, he works my nerves.

      • Marcus

        haha, key words “coming close” and “almost.” oh sorry, have to go. my wife isn’t being “lead” by anyone at the moment and need to go do my job…

  • onamission5

    I see an owl.

  • Andrew B.

    My, what big eyes you have! And a pretty hairy vagina, too.

    Whoops, forgot the word vagina is forbidden!

  • C Peterson

    Sorry, I don’t understand the qualification “who preach”.

    • Rain

      Presumably he is referring to Paul, the bestsest Christian ever, who wrote: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

    • Rain

      And.. now I see that I completely missed C Peterson’s very funny point. Lol. :D

  • m6wg4bxw

    A good-looking woman with a soul patch. But how does she breathe?

  • Richard Wade

    I’ve had both male and female teachers, professors, doctors, dentists, counselors, and bosses, and I’ve never had any difficulty accepting their authority, nor had any difficulty working with them because of their gender. I’ve worked with female clergy, police, martial arts instructors, mechanics, technical advisers, financial advisers, boat captains, soldiers, airline pilots, and scientists. I’m not thinking about them in terms of sex; I’m thinking about them in terms of what they’re saying and doing. It’s effortless to respect them and respect what they do. When somebody has a problem with their gender, or can’t relate to them except in some kind of sexual way, I just don’t get it. All I think is, “What the heck is the matter with you?”

    • Katwise

      Your attitude is appreciated and to be commended, but I suspect that you may be among the minority; besides that, you’re not Christian.

      • liu

        Are there men who have problems with women who have authority? Certainly. But are they the majority? My own experiences indicate to me that they are not. Generally those that do have a problem with it are those who have been raised to be obsessed with sex, but they tend to stand out. They are not the norm.

      • Theseus

        Your kidding. Since you drew a distinction between Richard and a Christian I would assume you are saying most men have a problem with it? The commenter below was much nicer in his response than I would have been.

        Herman has this set up as a skeptical site, not just an atheist/secular site ( they actually go hand in hand). I can’t believe you got 4 up votes. Your statement is broad brushing in the extreme, and if I would have said something similar about women, you would have been all over it.

        Please learn to draw analogous situations as part of the validity test before making such silly statements friend.

        • Theseus

          Oops. Excuse me. Hermant not “Herman”. Sorry.

          • 3lemenope

            Third time’s the charm…

            • Theseus

              Lol!! WTF is wrong with my fingers going to the r key? Problem is I ALWAYs type fast and most of the time (after I read what I wrote) I need to edit.

              Ahem. HEMANT.

    • Anna

      The problem in the fundamentalist and evangelical world doesn’t really seem to be about sex or sexual temptation, or at least not on the surface. It’s more about that “different roles” nonsense that they’re constantly going on about. According to people with this belief system, men and women are spiritually equal, yet were given different roles and responsibilities by their god.

      This is at the root of their opposition to female clergy, egalitarian heterosexual marriage, and it also informs their opposition to same-sex marriages and families. It’s their belief that complementarianism is what’s mandated by their deity. They just can’t see that “separate but equal” isn’t equal at all, and that appointing men as leaders and women as submissive followers is contrary to actual equality.

  • m6wg4bxw

    I was disappointed after (my first time) visiting and reading the post over there. I found it long on assumption and speculation, and short on fact.

  • ortcutt

    Preaching is the original mansplaining.

  • wmdkitty

    I’m tempted to add a nose/navel.

  • Ton_Chrysoprase

    Naa, this is Islam. Christianity is the one with the uterus and the hands to do household chores.

    • Ibis3

      Ha! I saw this and pictured the following cartoon:

      1st panel: Christian view of women [a collar and a uterus]

      2nd panel: Islamic view of women [breasts and vagina with a niqab in the place of a face]

      3rd panel: Skeptic/Atheist view of women [breasts and vagina, small pink brain with butterflies and fairies floating around it, and a mouth that's too big]

      *Yes, I’m aware that not all and probably not most Christians, Muslims, or atheists view women according to these misogynist stereotypes.

  • Stonyground

    My piano teacher was a woman. Before I took lessons with her, I could not play the piano at all. Now I can play the piano reasonably well. In what way was she not qualified to teach me to play the piano due to her being a woman? Since I went from not playing the piano, to playing the piano, under her instruction, it is demonstrably true that she was a competent teacher, despite being female. This is just one of millions of potential examples. Note to religiots, willful ignorance is a bad thing, both for you personally, and for everyone that you come into contact with, it is much better to spend your entire life learning.