Patriarchal Nature Of Christianity Essay

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Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with the just over 30% of the population identifying as Christian (Johnson, 2005). This is a significant proportion of the world, and as such the ideologies and doctrines that Christians have can have a substantial effect on the world we live in. In this way, the patriarchal nature of Christianity is major influence to how men and women are seen and interact within one another today. This essay will address how patriarchal nature of Christianity is result of the society in which Christianity first developed in almost 2000 years ago, and how those patriarchal ideas have continued to today, including gender roles within the Holy Trinity, the way women are portrayed within the Bible, the roles of women within the church today and the institution of marriage. The Holy Trinity in Christianity of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit is commonly thought of today as masculine, with the Father and the Son being decidedly male, and the Holy Spirit is seen …show more content…
However the Holy Spirit has not always been seen as gender neutral, and was in fact originally seen as female (DeConick, 2011, p. 1). In the beginning of Christianity, the majority of Christians spoke Aramaic or Hebrew, and within these languages the word for the spirit is feminine, which contributed to the perception of the Holy Spirit as a female. In fact in the Gospel of the Hebrews Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as not only female, but also his mother. (DeConick, 2011, p. 18). It was an accepted fact amongst early Christians that the Holy Spirit was female, however in the fifth and sixth centuries there was a systematic effort to neuter the Holy Spirit, by purposefully mistreating the word spirit when referring to the Holy Spirit as masculine even though it was a feminine word. This is redefinition of a core aspect of

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