A reader asks…

Do you know of any good resources that I can go to to explain why we don’t ordain women? A friend thinks it is an offense against the dignity of women to say that the male body somehow symbolizes the active activity of the Father more than the female does.

Here’s my own take on it: Rights and Gifts

I’m afraid it’s hard to take seriously the idea that in a religious system (that is, a system that is *entirely* a symbol system), that symbols have nothing whatever to do with what they signify. By these lights, you might as well say that baptism in urine is no different than baptism in any other water since the chemical composition of the matter of the sacrament is virtually the same. It takes a special kind of egalitarian tone deafness to not see that men make better symbols of the Groom than women do.


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