ALAN Lappin (The Border Mail, May 18) is right. Religion, including Christianity, contributes to the scourge of domestic violence.
The teaching of female submission to males, the promotion of male headship in church, home and society, has contributed to violence against women.
The church, finally, is starting to acknowledge this issue.
Many men who uphold this traditional teaching are as appalled as any that it is misused to justify violence, but it is indisputable that views which disempower women and elevate male authority contribute to this problem.
Yet, Mr Lappin demonstrates a simplistic understanding of the Bible’s teaching on male-female relationships.
The Genesis creation story affirms that humanity was created in God’s image, stating “male and female he (God) created them”.
This establishes the unity and equality of men and women as image-bearers of God. Jesus’ remarkable acceptance of women and even St Paul’s writings, where he exhorts husbands to love their wives self-sacrificially, and his missionary partnership with various women, sowed the seeds for women’s full participation and equal status in both church and home.
Sadly, the seeds have taken too long to sprout and many church traditionalists continual in denial and discrimination. Male headship and female subordination make no sense in contemporary society.
They are outmoded, oppressive and harmful.
— REV PETER McKEAGUE,
Anglican parish, Northern Albury