Gender Roles In Christianity And Islam Essay

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Carolina Oquendo
Sociology of Gender
Final Project

Gender roles in religion have always been a controversial topic. All of the major world religions belittle women to some degree. It is not a secret that women have historically gotten the short end of the stick, so to speak, when it comes to how they are treated and viewed in religion. After researching this topic, I can safely say that the women do all the work and the men take all the credit. Women are treated less than equal to men in most religious settings. Below I will touch upon women’s roles in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, the Rastafari Movement, Mormonism and Islam and how they have in fact, gotten the “short end of the stick” and how women have been…show more content…

In Christianity, both men and women have the same right to be considered as saints and there are many women saints, however, according to the New Testament Christ appointed only male apostles. It has been maintained that Christian ministers should be men because they need to represent Jesus Christ who was the son of God. Many people have argued that God has no gender and that women should be able to represent God equally. Few women are recognized in the Christian world. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene are among the most famous women in Christianity. Mary Magdalene is a woman who is commonly known as gallivant and described as promiscuous. Although Mary Magdalene has always been portrayed this way, recent studies have shown that to the contrary, Mary Magdalene was a leader in the Christian movement that helped put women in leadership roles. Due to the efforts of Mary Magdalene, women continued to thrive in the leadership positions within the Christian faith. Another notable woman in Christianity was Thecla. Thecla had short hair and wore men’s clothing. She was constantly threatened with rape and prostitution throughout her duties as a missionary apostle. She maintained her faith in her religion and celibacy. Thecla’s story has been well documented. Thecla was a dignified woman who left her family behind to follow her fiancé. She then set out to teach the gospel. Thecla is

Comparing Women's Roles in Christianity and Islam Essay

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Comparing Women's Roles in Christianity and Islam Christianity
Concept of God:
Christians believe the image of God to be three Gods merged into one. The Trinity’s components are the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit and they are all equal. Each form of God has the same attributes of all-powerful, all-knowing, always present,…show more content…

This notion has created controversy over gender equality. God commands Adam not to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but Eve persuades him to and the act of disobeying God is the original sin.
Status of Women/ Gender Equality:
The Bible is controversial on the matter of gender equality. There are numerous contradictions about the status of women in Christian society. Historically, the most prominent interpretation has been rather negative toward women. The Christian Church, with principally male authority, emphasizes the idea that women are inferior to man. They focus on Eve’s sin leading to a punishment that “her husband will have authority over her.” (Drury, 34)
Until recently, women were not allowed to preach or even speak in the Christian Church, but in modern times women are beginning to play a more significant. While sects of Christianity still hold the traditional teachings about women, others have given them equal status within the church, an increasingly accepted interpretation.
Responsibilities of Man and Woman:
The woman in Christianity is responsible to keep and practice

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