Margaret posted the following to our GoddessChristiansÂ forumÂ on May 23, 2008 during a gender morality and gender roles discussion.
I, too, believe thatÂ we fail to consider the children–unto 7 generations, as the NativeÂ American grandmothers insist!…. Our materialistic world-view hasÂ caused women to abandon what was a sacred calling to nurture theÂ children–and left the Television to be the “hand that rocks theÂ cradle”–with obvious consequences! I’m for Fathers and MothersÂ sharing the responsibilities of nurturing as much as possible–butÂ that balance isn’t always achieved. My husband and I were noticing theÂ difference between our grown kids and those of some family members whoÂ left their kids for others to raise while both parents worked outsideÂ their home….
Western dualism causes a split that is hard to heal…. which is whyÂ my work is about the “Sacred Reunion” of masculine and feminineÂ (“integration of Logos and Sophia”) as illustrated in the “marriageÂ window” showing Jesus and Mary Magdalene “handfasted” (posted on myÂ website: www.margaretstarbird.net –please feel free to copy, printÂ and disseminate! This image is on the cover and PR for the “Bloodline”Â Movie—and is travelling around the world)….
There is a fascinating article on the discrimination against women byÂ the Church (and Western civilization) at this website:
http://www.womenpriests.org/teaching/wijnga_1.aspÂ — some of theÂ negative statements of church Fathers quoted there make my hair standÂ on end:
Aristotle: â€œA female is female by virtue of certain lack of qualitiesÂ â€“ a natural defectiveness.â€
St. Jerome:Â â€œWomen is the gate of the devil, the path ofÂ wickedness . . . a perilous object.â€
Tertullian:Â â€œDo you know that each of you women is an Eve? You areÂ the gate of Hell, the temptress of the forbidden tree; you are theÂ first deserter of Divine Law.â€
St. Thomas Aquinas:Â â€œIf a female is conceived, this is due to aÂ defect in the mother or to some external influence like that of aÂ humid wind from the south.â€
Kirkegaard:Â â€œWhat a misfortune, to be a woman! And yet, the worstÂ misfortune is not to understand what a misfortune it is.â€–
That is why it is so important to “excavate” the real truth about theÂ original teachings of Jesus. The article’s quote from the Gospel ofÂ Thomas that has Jesus saying with regard to Mary Magdalene “…I willÂ make her male..” is a mistranslation of the Greek which uses the wordÂ “anthropos”– This word doesn’t mean “Male” in the sense of gender. ItÂ would be better translated:Â “I will make her a ‘perfected human-being’ ” —
“… there shall yet be heard, the voice of the Bridegroom, the voiceÂ of the Bride!”
peace and well-being,
“Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile”