AP World History
24 October 2012
Roles Of Women In The Church. Men have been considered superior to women since the dawn of time. Men ruled kingdoms, empires and such, while women were always beneath them. But in religion, women also held titles, however, the roles differed within the religions. While muslim and christian were similar with their positions in the household, they differed in their roles in the church because christian women had more prominent roles in the church where as muslim women had close to nothing.
Christian women and muslim women submitted to their husbands in both the bible and the quran, it states that men and women are equal in the eyes of God/Allah yet they also say men were the heads of the households and women are to obey their husbands. The bible says in ephesians 6:22-24 “wives, submit to your own husbands as to the lord, for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church.... Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything” Even the early day of christianity, Adam was superior to Eve because Eve was made from Adam. Christian women obeyed their husbands in the lord just as the muslim women did. With these examples Christianity and Islam were strong patriarchies. Christianity and Islam were patriarchies because in the era in which the religions emerged women were under men so the religions adapted to the cultures they were discovered in. To further explain, most civilizations start out with a bunch of tribes having wars and the winners getting to be in charge of everyone. Since males are physically stronger than females, they win all the fights and therefore get to be in charge. The quran also says, “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other and because they spend their wealth to maintain them, Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah...
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