What you’re saying makes sense and I can appreciate the appearance of the lack of representation. What I think you miss though are 4 key examples of God through Christ elevating the position of women. First, an angel appears to Mary, not Joseph in Luke 2. Then, the first evangelist to testify to Christ is a Samaritan woman in John 4, not the disciples. Again, when Jesus is raised from the dead it is women that tell of His resurrection — not the disciples. This pattern continues in Acts as women lead beside men and both are filled with the Holy Spirit and bear witness. Paul in Galatians 3:27 actually explains that the culmination of the Gospel is the destruction of those cultural narratives in Christ.

“Women as witness” relegates women to the role of secretary or stenographer, taking notes of what the men are doing so that other men (Paul, for example) can then make pronouncements and lead the people. If these cultural narratives are really being destroyed, why isn’t it Pauline who explains this instead of Paul? The selection of 12 men to serve as the Twelve Apostles, if we assume that men and women are equally qualified to serve as religious leaders, would only happen by random chance 0.024% of the time (1 in 4096), so it is reasonable to conclude that this was a deliberate act of excluding women.

I lament the reality of our brokenness and continued use of every power structure to subjugate those already beaten down. It is harder and harder for me though to look at the totality of scripture holding the stories equally and say, God is misogynistic and bigoted. His “Christians” might be — especially in today’s most rigid institutions. But His Christ is not.

You are welcome to that interpretation. Other Christians interpret it differently, and the Christian institutions here on Earth tend to reflect a misogynistic reading. You place the blame entirely on fallible Christians (as someone of faith, what choice do you have?), but I personally see the Scripture as flawed and outdated, with the misogyny therein being a big example of that. And, of course, the Bible such as we know it was inked, transcribed, translated, and collated by men. Men decided which stories should be included. Men decided what would be omitted. Women had no agency in any of this, except perhaps as witnesses to the acts of men.

Just the facts: Writer. Gamer. Feminist. Educated in Astrophysics. Professional Gambler. Student of Language. Satanist. Anarchist.

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