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Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« on: December 05, 2012, 02:44:24 PM »
Bristol University's Christian Union have forbidden women from speaking at their weekly meetings.
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Having spent ‘a lot of time exploring this issue, seeking God’s wisdom on it and discussing it together’ the CU executive committee decided that it is not appropriate for women to teach alone at weekly meetings, or be the main speaker at the CU weekend away.

Women are also banned from speaking alone at the group’s mission weeks.

However, it’s not all gloom and doom: women are allowed to speak as a double act with their husbands. Those who are unmarried must remain silent.
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Grace, a 3rd year bio-chemist and practising Christian, described her distress at how ‘the CU action will mould many people’s opinions on Christianity’.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 03:32:58 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 03:45:59 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.
She didn't say much in the Gospels.

I wonder what they do about St. Priscilla.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 03:53:15 PM »

Well, just because it's not written in the Gospels, doesn't mean she didn't "speak".

Some of the other Apostles aren't "quoted" either, but, I'm sure they spoke.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 04:01:17 PM »
Without the Theotokos, we wouldn't have the Magnificat. There goes part of Orthros... :(
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 06:25:10 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.
She didn't say much in the Gospels.

I wonder what they do about St. Priscilla.

Or St Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the Apostles.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 07:49:27 PM »
I think that there is a difference between speaking and liturgically speaking.  I agree with Paul on the latter.  As to the former, I have found that it is near impossible to get them to shut up, so I am sure that all of the Biblical examples spoke at some point.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 04:38:22 PM »
They're Protestants, give them a break.  They don't always do that Bible thing all that well.  Every time one of them tries telling me something that God revealed to them in the Bible I just hear Sergeant Hakeswill muttering "private soldiers is supposed to share their doxies with their sergeants.  Says to in the Scriptures."

Women spoke in the Bible.  The Theotokos even conversed with an Angel and asked questions.  Mary Magdalene announced Christ's Resurrection.  The woman with the flow of blood even spoke to Christ and explained a situation to Him.

How many women debated at the Ecumenical Councils?

Different situations, yo.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2012, 05:31:25 PM »
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How many women debated at the Ecumenical Councils?

One woman indeed spoke at an Ecumenical Council, albeit posthumously: Great-martyr Euphemia, at the Council of Chalcedon.  :police:
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2012, 05:41:25 PM »
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 06:02:25 PM »
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How many women debated at the Ecumenical Councils?

One woman indeed spoke at an Ecumenical Council, albeit posthumously: Great-martyr Euphemia, at the Council of Chalcedon.  :police:


That doesn't count.  She never said a word so she followed the letter of the rule and that is what is important.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 06:33:13 PM »
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How many women debated at the Ecumenical Councils?

One woman indeed spoke at an Ecumenical Council, albeit posthumously: Great-martyr Euphemia, at the Council of Chalcedon.  :police:


OK, women can speak in Church when they are dead.  I could accept that.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 06:40:27 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2012, 06:42:47 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2012, 06:48:30 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.

He never ORDERED them not to marry though, but only recommended it. He did specifically say that he does not permit a woman to speak up in Church or something along those lines (been a while since I read it), suggesting that he was not leaving it up for us to decide upon but made it an ORDER. Or, have we all of a sudden become Anglicans/Eposcopals who disregard St. Paul?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2012, 07:00:46 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.

He never ORDERED them not to marry though, but only recommended it. He did specifically say that he does not permit a woman to speak up in Church or something along those lines (been a while since I read it), suggesting that he was not leaving it up for us to decide upon but made it an ORDER. Or, have we all of a sudden become Anglicans/Eposcopals who disregard St. Paul?
1st Corinthians 14:

As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Has the Church declared that this passage should be interpreted in only one way?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2012, 07:06:14 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.

He never ORDERED them not to marry though, but only recommended it. He did specifically say that he does not permit a woman to speak up in Church or something along those lines (been a while since I read it), suggesting that he was not leaving it up for us to decide upon but made it an ORDER. Or, have we all of a sudden become Anglicans/Eposcopals who disregard St. Paul?
1st Corinthians 14:

As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Has the Church declared that this passage should be interpreted in only one way?

I don't know. But it seems like we still adhere to it. Isn't this why women aren't allowed into the Priesthood?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2012, 07:10:57 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.

He never ORDERED them not to marry though, but only recommended it. He did specifically say that he does not permit a woman to speak up in Church or something along those lines (been a while since I read it), suggesting that he was not leaving it up for us to decide upon but made it an ORDER. Or, have we all of a sudden become Anglicans/Eposcopals who disregard St. Paul?

James--It is not too late for you to reread the Holy Scriptures. Since you are on a computer, here is what you do to avoid saying "or something along those lines (been a while since I read it)":

Go to www,biblegateway.com. Select keyword search and search for "women" and restrict your search to the Epistles. You will have a choice of bibles; I chose the New King James Version. The second entry was what I was looking for (on your behalf):

1 Corinthians 14:34
New King James Version (NKJV)

34 Let your[a] women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

Footnotes:
a. 1 Corinthians 14:34 NU-Text omits "your."


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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2012, 09:26:54 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.

He never ORDERED them not to marry though, but only recommended it. He did specifically say that he does not permit a woman to speak up in Church or something along those lines (been a while since I read it), suggesting that he was not leaving it up for us to decide upon but made it an ORDER. Or, have we all of a sudden become Anglicans/Eposcopals who disregard St. Paul?

James--It is not too late for you to reread the Holy Scriptures. Since you are on a computer, here is what you do to avoid saying "or something along those lines (been a while since I read it)":

Go to www,biblegateway.com. Select keyword search and search for "women" and restrict your search to the Epistles. You will have a choice of bibles; I chose the New King James Version. The second entry was what I was looking for (on your behalf):

1 Corinthians 14:34
New King James Version (NKJV)

34 Let your[a] women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

Footnotes:
a. 1 Corinthians 14:34 NU-Text omits "your."


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James holler sometime and we'll read this carefully.

People don't read Scripture or not very closely and certainly not aloud (unless someone is "chanting" it during the liturgy which I am sure is exactly how the Church of Corinth received the Epistle) and thus miss some the rhetorical patterns used in the more formally crafted works in the NT.

St. Paul uses a strict rhetorical trope throughout the letter which is used here. It is quite clear from the earliest witnesses what is going on here and who is being rebuked.

It ain't the women.

In context alone it doesn't make sense even without the more thorough reading, look at the verses following it.

If you can read the Greek it becomes more complex.

James you might be right, but for the wrong reasons.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2012, 09:36:27 PM »
I have heard Fr. Thomas Hopko, in one of his podcasts, say that the verse about keeping silent referred to women who disrupted the service either by talking out of turn (like people do when they're trying to find a seat and they walk past a friend), or 'prophesying' without regard for whatever else was going on at the time. Some women were called prophetess in the ancient Church. St. Anna, for one. Just as an aside - I went to a parish named after her. (Though I don't think she was the kind who would interrupt the priest, or she might not have made it to having churches named after her. :) )
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2012, 10:05:52 PM »
I have heard Fr. Thomas Hopko, in one of his podcasts, say that the verse about keeping silent referred to women who disrupted the service either by talking out of turn (like people do when they're trying to find a seat and they walk past a friend), or 'prophesying' without regard for whatever else was going on at the time. Some women were called prophetess in the ancient Church. St. Anna, for one. Just as an aside - I went to a parish named after her. (Though I don't think she was the kind who would interrupt the priest, or she might not have made it to having churches named after her. :) )

That is legitimate criticism but I find it to be weak.

Telling you biro, St. Paul is rebuking the men for having such notions.

Read that Epistle and consider that possibility.



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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2012, 10:37:39 PM »
In the Vamratocracy, "Language Arts" classes will be forbidden on pain of immolation.  Why is it that every time the Bible says something people have to chime in and say, "Oooh lookie here, the Holy Saints and Apostles were ignorant fishermen who couldn't even write their Bibles in proper Godly King's English.  They may look like they are saying X because they plainly and clearly wrote X, but MY interpretation is so much more gangsta!"
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2012, 05:14:09 AM »
I read it again aloud with a more open mind like Orthonorm suggested and I have to admit, something does seem fishy and rhetorical about that verse. I cannot entirely put my finger on it, but there is clearly something deeper there. The next passage--where St. Paul asks a rhetorical questions--seems almost judgmental in a rhetorical manner, as if St. Paul were condemning them of something. I'm not entirely sure how this all fits in together though.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2012, 06:33:58 AM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2012, 10:29:24 AM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh come on.  You're just ruining his rhetoric with all your fancy dancy reading comprehension. 
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« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2012, 12:11:24 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.

you bet it does. Some people are weird, and will anything to brainwash people to get them to fit their agenda. Get away from fanatics. IT is either fanatics or Jesus. They don't go together.
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« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2012, 12:34:14 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.

you bet it does. Some people are weird, and will anything to brainwash people to get them to fit their agenda. Get away from fanatics. IT is either fanatics or Jesus. They don't go together.

Define fanatic.  Perhaps a working definition would be someone who would rather die than compromise themselves?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2012, 01:13:54 AM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2012, 02:41:53 AM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?

As I said, "Sort of, but not really."

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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2012, 10:01:43 AM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?

As I said, "Sort of, but not really."

Exactly.  We can retranslate the passage to say "If you are one of the 0.000000001% of people in this world that are asexual, you should remain unmarried.  However, if you are the rest of the world that functions the way they were created, it is probably better to get married."
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2012, 11:31:02 AM »
I have heard Fr. Thomas Hopko, in one of his podcasts, say that the verse about keeping silent referred to women who disrupted the service either by talking out of turn (like people do when they're trying to find a seat and they walk past a friend), or 'prophesying' without regard for whatever else was going on at the time. Some women were called prophetess in the ancient Church. St. Anna, for one. Just as an aside - I went to a parish named after her. (Though I don't think she was the kind who would interrupt the priest, or she might not have made it to having churches named after her. :) )

That is legitimate criticism but I find it to be weak.

Telling you biro, St. Paul is rebuking the men for having such notions.

Read that Epistle and consider that possibility.





That's not it. If you think about it, in public worship, unless it is one of those free-for-all, cacophonous types, there is some order and no one is allowed to speak unless he has a place on the agenda and certainly not out of turn. It appears that the Church in Corinth was becoming fractured in doctrine and praxis, particularly in public worship. I read the First Corinthians as an attempt to impose orthodoxy. It may be that Saint Paul's prescription for Corinth may indeed include the blunt advice for women there to be silent. I think that before we make this a prescription for all, we should put it into context.

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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2012, 11:54:20 AM »
It may be that Saint Paul's prescription for Corinth may indeed include the blunt advice for women there to be silent. I think that before we make this a prescription for all, we should put it into context.

I think this line of thinking is dangerous.  Paul wrote other letters to other Churches, yet the ones that we have in the Epistles are the ones that were handed down.  These were chosen by holy men much closer to the "cultural context" of the times than any one living today.  It is more likely that the letters intended for only one Churches specific issue were the ones that are lost to us, and the ones that the Holy Spirit intended for us to have and use 2000 years later because their message is for all times are the ones that He destined to be in the Scriptures that we use today.  The problem is not that the scriptures needed some kind of textual criticism to be understood properly.  The problem is that our faithlessness does not like what we read.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2012, 12:39:01 PM »
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Exactly.  We can retranslate the passage to say "If you are one of the 0.000000001% of people in this world that are asexual, you should remain unmarried.  However, if you are the rest of the world that functions the way they were created, it is probably better to get married."

I've always thought it meant something like that.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2012, 05:17:11 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?

As I said, "Sort of, but not really."

Exactly.  We can retranslate the passage to say "If you are one of the 0.000000001% of people in this world that are asexual, you should remain unmarried.  However, if you are the rest of the world that functions the way they were created, it is probably better to get married."

So you disagree with monasticism?  And why did your children not marry at about 13?
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2012, 05:45:02 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?

As I said, "Sort of, but not really."

Exactly.  We can retranslate the passage to say "If you are one of the 0.000000001% of people in this world that are asexual, you should remain unmarried.  However, if you are the rest of the world that functions the way they were created, it is probably better to get married."

So you disagree with monasticism?  And why did your children not marry at about 13?

How did you get that?  My Godfather is a monk.  I do, however, have to admit that I was off by a few zeros.  There are around 100000 monks in the world (of all religions, according to some sources) and 7 billion people in the world.  But the point is still valid.  Your second question is simply idiotic (moreso than your first), so I will ignore it.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #35 on: December 09, 2012, 08:23:10 PM »

I wonder if this would also include the Virgin Mary who is a single woman.

I wonder if she would be allowed on Athos.... Or Martha for that matter.

Of course, clergy is all men...
I don't see it as dominance, I see this as scriptural.   "Man is the head of women".   "Wives submit to your husbands, and husbands love your wives as yourself".

There's a lot of odd contrasts we could talk about here.

Should women be "speaking" at such venues when women are not clergy, cannot receive ordination, etc.

"Woman what does this concern you" was spoken to the Virgin Mary.

Anyway, food for thought.... Just posting random thoughts.  Seriously not trying to troll or anything... It's a very controversial issue.
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Re: Christian Union Decides Women Should Be Seen, Not Heard
« Reply #36 on: December 09, 2012, 08:29:15 PM »
Didn't St. Paul say for them not to?

St. Paul also said people shouldn't marry.
Sort of, but not really.

Oh?  From 1 Corinthians 7: 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Clearly, St. Paul says that if you are not able to restrain yourself, go ahead and marry, but all people should refrain from marriage unless they are incapable of refraining from immoral sexual conduct otherwise.

Anyways, JamesR, where exactly did you get the idea that Episcopalians threw out Paul?

As I said, "Sort of, but not really."

Exactly.  We can retranslate the passage to say "If you are one of the 0.000000001% of people in this world that are asexual, you should remain unmarried.  However, if you are the rest of the world that functions the way they were created, it is probably better to get married."

So you disagree with monasticism?  And why did your children not marry at about 13?

Just saying, back in the time this was written, children did often get married at 13-15.  In fact, many scholars of Christian theology believe Mary to have been married between these ages.

I do have a 13 year old daughter.  If we lived in a small village, and we knew of a family, with a young teen like her... They knew each other their entire lives, and we their family all well known within the village.  I very well may not object to her being married in a year or so if they both wanted to.  It would help if it was many years back as well, where people wouldn't gasp...

Today with such disassociation with wholesome lifestyles, 18 being the magic age of adult, and 28 year olds who still have not grown up, and 18 finishing high school in this country, it makes this scripture hard to figure out how to apply it.
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