Announcement, Announcement, and a Question


First the fun part—at least for the winners. For those hoping to win and getting news that someone else will be enjoying what they wanted, it sounds too much like getting a rejection letter from a publisher. I so empathize!

But the reality is, I only had two books to give away. One I already announced in the comments section of Friday’s post. The winner of the question about Brandilyn Collins’s first publisher (Avon published her true crime, A Question of Innocence) is Serena Haneline. And for leaving a comment during the three-day tour … Todd Green. Congratulations to you both.

The next tour I’ll be participating in will be the CSFF blog tour for Kathryn Mackel and her latest release Trackers. And there just might be another book give-away connected to that one also.

Now for the questions. I had occasion to sit in on a discussion of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code by a panel of college professors. Interesting.

One of the issues mention though not explored in depth was his theme of feminism. Someone in the audience asked a question loaded with attack on the church for a misogynist attitude.

Misogynist?

As I recall, the question was specifically about evangelicals. I could be wrong. Since the only church I am familiar with from the “inside” is the evangelical church, I asked the question about what I know.

And here’s the thing, I attend a healthy, Biblical church. It is not my experience that women are in any way disrespected, looked down upon, considered second class, marginalized, or in any other way treated in an unBiblical manner.

At the same time, in one online community a number of people have commented that their churches are dominated by women. I am also aware of a number of churches that are ordaining women and hiring women as pastors. Women are the predominate readers of Christian fiction and if the numbers at writers’ conferences are an indication, women dominate the writing as well.

Far from a trend toward misogeny, I see a trend toward the feminization of the church. But then I had this thought—why do women who complain about male dominance within the church covet male roles?

The particular person who asked the question began a monologue after the session, all about her involvement around the world with all kinds of professions—doctors and lawyers and such—but when she makes herself available to serve in the church she is asked if she would like to be involved in women’s ministries or work with the children or what can she bring to the potluck.

I understand that not everyone is gifted for those areas, but the way this person talked, you’d have thought she was being asked to take the lowest of the low jobs.

So who is really devaluing women? I mean, God did make men and women different from one another—for a reason. I think some women abhor their role and look down on their place in the body of Christ far more than any men do. (Even saying women have “a place” is an irritant to some feminists). This from a Mary, not from a Martha.

Is there a closed door to the Marys in evangelical churches?

Which, by the way, brings up another irritation—the insinuation the questioner at the panel discussion made that the Catholic church has the right attitude toward women because of the way they revere Mary the mother of Jesus.

I don’t think making an idol of a woman puts things in balance. I don’t think focusing on one woman to the near exclusion of others—Deborah, Eve, Ruth, Esther, Mary Magdalene, Bathsheba (she’s in Christ’s lineage, as is Rahab), the woman at the well, Tabitha, Lois (Timothy’s grandmother), naming just a few—marks the Catholic church as having a more positive attitude toward women than evangelicals.

Am I missing something? Are things really off kilter in the evangelical branch of the church and I’m just unaware of it?

Published in: on October 2, 2006 at 12:15 pm  Comments (8)  
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