WHAT’S WRONG WITH PATRIARCHY
DR. KLUANE SPAKE
Christian Patriarchy strongly influences most churches today
It has shaped our Western culture.
Men and women must address this issue of control, abuse, and inequality that come from mis-translations of the Scriptures.
Maybe you haven’t even noticed the problem of patriarchy… most people are so accustomed to our way of life, that they don’t even notice what is happening.
Whether you agree or not, the truth is that to one degree or another, most women are dismissed, overlooked, and ignored. Some women are sooooo culturally conditioned, they don’t even care. We hear a lot about how we should look, how our marriage should be, and how our kids should behave.
We need to talk about all this!
It is VERY possible that you won’t like this book! In fact, it may make you feel defensive and resistant. But, ask yourself, is this a genuine problem? Is it possible that there have been terrible mistakes made? Could there be mistaken Bible translations that have caused some of these problems? How do we find the correct answers?
The answer is, YES! Yes. And yes. And remember, reformational ideas always cause debates and disagreements. But… hear me now!
PATRIARCHY IS A BAD WORD AND A BAD WAY TO LIVE. However, you choose to explain it, IT IS ABOUT THE LIMITATION AND DEGRADATION OF OTHERS.
Across the world, I’ve heard their stories… We talked through long extended lunches, in the car, or in my office. Rich or poor, young and old, she whispered to me in fear that someone would find out. Shared was the disappointment of life, the endless humiliation, the abuse and woundedness, and the façade of living in a glass palace of pretense.
The years move on and the “shes” continue to secretly confide — weary and disillusioned. “What is the meaning of life?” She cries inconsolably. Did God do this? The suffering? The ravaging fears? She feels empty, like the manikin on this cover – just a shell of a person who is not fully alive.
MOST OF THE WORLD’S NATIONS RULE IN PATRIARCHY. IT IS SO COMMON THAT WE HARDLY NOTICE IT AT ALL. Amazingly, we need a global view to understand how so many topics are related to this problem.
Especially important to patriarchy is the control by men (often white) who are the most important positions in our main social structures: government, state bureaucracies, corporations, the military, the church, and professional duties.
The one thing that most religions and all patriarchal cultures have in common is their bias against those whom they deem to be weaker — i.e. some men and all women.
For this book, we are talking specifically about Christian patriarchy and how the family and the Government of the Church is very much affected by patriarchy and hierarchy.
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