The Blindness of “Masculine” Biblical Interpretation and the Cure of a “Feminine” Orientation

My theological journey is not very flattering in that I am not a quick study.  I have come to insights such as nonviolence through a long process which, from my present perspective, look obvious and essential.  I have to wonder why it took so long. If I were naturally a sweet-natured, kind, gentle, soul, learning of the biblical mandate for peace would, perhaps, not have been such a theoretical hurdle and a prolonged personal struggle.  The same is true of my understanding of the role of women.  If I were naturally chivalrous and loving, I suppose I would have paid more attention to a reading of Scripture that promotes these qualities. Continue reading “The Blindness of “Masculine” Biblical Interpretation and the Cure of a “Feminine” Orientation”

Gender Restoration

In the creation of humans in Genesis, male and female are the mode in which the image bearing capacity of God is conveyed to humankind.  Gender and embodiment seem to function for humankind as part of the essence of who we are in imaging God.  The ontological nature of gender is affirmed by Paul when he references Genesis and the mystery of marriage as referring to Christ and the Church.  The mystery of sexual union between male and female is on the order of the union and oneness between Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:32).  Gender is not something we set aside in being joined to Christ but is taken up even in this ultimate of relationships.  Whether Paul is speaking literally or metaphorically, gender seems to carry enduring metaphysical importance. Continue reading “Gender Restoration”