Monday, July 06, 2009

The Church Impotence: The feminization of Christianity (This seems like a problem in Judaism as well)

This book traces some of the developments of would to the church attracting more women then men. Yes, the leaders are all men but the rank and file are mostly female and this is not a healthy system. Nor does it lead to a religion being able to defend itself if it has a small number of men who are involved and this imbalance does create many weaknesses and suggest that certain male traits are inherently evil which is very dangerous and against what it says in Genesis. It say G-d created male and female in G-d's image. (Genesis 1:27). To overly praise female traits and criticize male traits can't be healthy for a society or the religion of that society.

It should be an interesting read as I ordered the book as Jews have lived mostly in Christian countries throughout the exile and no question we are influenced by the society around us and sometimes sadly in bad ways.

In the Jewish religion sad to say it seems too many Rabbi's feel it is their job to protect Jewish women even from other Jewish men. But other Jewish men are not the enemy and a healthy society the rank and file men should be respected and in fact Pharoh focused on KILLING THE MEN WHILE LETING THE WOMAN LIVE as he understood Judaism could not survive without men. It is funny I mention this sometimes and some so called religious women it comes out they don't think it is so terrible. G-d also saved the FIRST-BORN JEWISH MALES and PASSED OVER THEM WHICH IS WHY WE CELEBRATE PASSOVER while he killed all the first born Egyptian males and this also is a big problem in Judaism as feminist certainlly don't like men who are first born. If you have men they should be the youngest that is the only good birth order. This torah story is very politically incorrect that is for sure.

We have a situation where only the male Rabbi on top is respected and this is unhealthy for the women as well in the end. Many Rabbi's tell women they don't NEED to get married and only the man does which of course is an impossible situation and this shows the unhealthy relationship that some Rabbi's have with women (not on a physical level but on an emotional level that is still very unhealthy and wrong if they can't tell young nubile women that they should get married and not rely on them, the male Rabbi, who themselves are just a man who has knowledge in certain Jewish law but tell them you know you need man you know why?? otherwise why would do you always like to go me the male Rabbi to always talk to. And tell them that the attraction that they have is to help you get married in your child bearing years and is for this higher purpose of bringing life into the world and don't waste those years as you have this unique ability to bring new Jewish life into the world. Then the Male Rabbi can say I have my own wife and thank G-d my wife gave me children. All "RABBI" means is teacher. This idea Get yourself a Rabbi is just saying you should have someone talk to not a pulpit Rabbi if you read the Misneh. Rabbi there means teacher.)Anyway, I myself try to look at the bigger picture even though I am single and if a woman is marrying a good Jewish man even if it isn't me it is a good thing and seomthing to be happy about. I feel in some of these personal issues they would be better served talking to, the Rabbi's wife and some of these women don't even care about the Rabbi's wife and what does that say?? The torah says a woman is created to be a man's helpmate so an unmarried woman can't fulfill what she was created for. Of course it also says a man should leave his parents and cling to his wife which of course for a woman to be a man's helpmate a man has to share his life and his world with his wife which the torah is telling to the guy that he should do.

Another factor which is specific to Judaism but not Christianity is the fact that who the father is doesn't matter. Which makes no sense as this is a Rabbinic position that is very disturbing and creates possible 5th columns among our own. I think Michael Jackson's wife was Jewish. So it is absurd to make the children automatically Jewish. BOTH parents should be Jewish and if not then you have to look at the situation. Especially a son may side with the father who may have very antisemitic views and just because the mother is Jewish shouldn't make the kid automatically Jewish as the only time a kid should automatically be Jewish is if BOTH parents are Jewish.

In Islam it only MATTERS WHO THE FATHER IS (and this is absurd as well) and this in my opinion has led to the opposite problem that women are made to feel worthless in Islam as them being the mother doesn't matter. Which the most important role that a man or woman can be is a father or mother and you take that away from them and they become just subhuman that only are there for their own desires if you feel them being a parent is somehow not necessary.

Anyway, back to this book. Here is the review.
"After documenting the highly feminized state of Western Christianity, Dr. Podles identifies the masculine traits that once characterized the Christian life but are now commonly considered incompatible with it. In an original and challenging account, he traces this feminization to three contemporaneous medieval sources: the writings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the rise of scholasticism, and the expansion of female monasticism. He contends that though masculinity has been marginalized within Christianity, it cannot be expunged from human society. If detached from Christianity, it reappears as a substitute religion, with unwholesome and even horrific consequences. The church, too, is diminished by its emasculation. Its spirituality becomes individualistic and erotic tending toward universalism and quietism. In his concluding assessment of the future of men in the church, Dr. Podles examines three aspects of Christianity-initiation, struggle, and fraternal love-through which its virility might be restored.

In the otherwise stale and overworked field of "gender studies," The Church Impotent is the only book to confront the lopsidedly feminine cast of modern Christianity with a profound analysis of its historical and sociological roots. Dr. Podles presents the fruit of his meticulous scholarship in a lucid and readable style thoroughly accessible to the non-specialist."

My Comments: I don't know if I would agree with every point that I understood here for example I think Judaism does care about other nations other then themselves but some of the problems seem to be a problem in Judaism from it becoming overly feminized.

This topic in general is of interest to me because of the problems in my own family and what I do see in the Orthodox world of always putting down men and praising women. But in reality because the women are NEVER told no they don't show much development of their character.

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