Thank you so much for your post! I appreciate you taking the time to read it and respond. I’m curious to know if you’ve read the Bible “genesis to revelation” because your assertion that the text is misogynistic seems to say it’s “only” misogynistic whereas that could actually never be said of Christ. Just like every faith background, not every person is a fair representation of the deity they believe in or those that claim to believe like them. I think the same is true for many who claim to Christians or satanists in that there is incongruency between what claim and what we actually practice.
I definitely skipped a few sections (though I get the feeling I’ve read more of the Bible than a large proportion of Christians), and I don’t mean to say every single word of the Bible is misogynistic. My point is just that women are secondary characters throughout the Bible; the lack of female representation carries through every book, and the attitude that women are subordinate to men is explicitly stated repeatedly in the Old Testament and echoed again in New Testament in passages such as Ephesians 5:22–24. The misogynistic messaging does not go away just because Jesus shows up.
Even if we ignore the misogyny of the Old Testament and just look at Christ as an example, he did choose twelve men to be his apostles. Zero women. The Twelve Apostles arguably comprise the very first administrative structure of the Christian Church, and it was 100% male. Jesus could have picked anyone, really, but he chose 12 dudes. Thus we have to say that Christ was complicit in perpetuating a lack of female representation.
What this means for us here in the secular world is that Christian institutions have a wealth of material to draw from to reinforce a long tradition of misogyny, and that tradition has been very slow to erode. Christian churches, taken on the whole, still have a very small percentage of women in leadership (in the US, as of 2010, somewhere around 10% of pastors were women), and a lot of the worst misogynistic messaging to be found in American culture today originates from very conservative readings of Scripture.
Also, you said that you would believe it if you saw it. What exactly would you have to see? “Lastly, I wonder if you did see it, would that change anything? Blessings on you and thanks for engaging.
I tend to believe things I see. I also believe that institutions reflect the values upon which they were founded. In the United States, the prison system was founded on racism, and it reflects that racism today with asymmetric incarceration rates across racial lines. Similarly, Christian churches (and most other major religious institutions, of course) were founded on values that included misogyny, and that very misogyny is still reflected in asymmetric rates of leadership across gender lines.
I also understand that individual Christians may or may not be misogynistic. The same can be said for Satanists. The only real prerequisite to being a Christian, as I understand it, is accepting Jesus Christ as the son of God and as your lord and savior, and as far as I can tell, that does not necessitate also having a sexist world view. Every denomination has a different way of interpreting Scripture, and even within a denomination, if you ask 10 Lutherans a question about a Biblical passage, for example, you’re certain to get 11 opinions about what it says. I’m simply commenting about the church on the institutional level and how it carries a long tradition of misogyny that originates in the Scripture itself.