Does Christianity + Submissive Wives = Domestic Violence?

by Ken Ham on November 24, 2013

This is a portion of a blog post by AiG speaker and researcher, Dr. Georgia Purdom:

Although this equation might seem strange to most of my readers, it was an equation being promoted in a recent article in the Washington Post titled “Five Christian Theologies Scarier than Halloween.” The author, Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, professor of theology and former president of Chicago Theological Seminary, stated the following:
Theologies that emphasize a hierarchy in creation, i.e. that women were created second and Eve is to blame for the sin that got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden, are scary to me because they are literally responsible for a lot of violence against women

“Submission” is a scary theology that justifies abuse in the name of Christian obedience by women.

Wow, where to start!? First of all, we know from Genesis that Adam was created first from the dust of the ground, and Eve was created second from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:7, 21–22). This in no way implies that Eve was inferior to Adam because she was created second.
I encourage you to read the rest of Dr. Purdom’s blog post.

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