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In 1995, economists discovered that 100 million females had vanished. Today, that number may be as high as 200 million according to Amartya Sen, a retired professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard. Sen received a Nobel Prize for his work, which prompted humanitarians and researchers to employ a gender-lens in their research and work. With one voice, they demonstrated how patriarchy is one of the most malicious and debilitating forces in history. Because of it, females are and have been abused and slaughtered on a mass scale. Amartya was the first to sound the alarm: females were suffering a genocide. But who was paying attention?
Our privilege as Western Christians, and especially evangelicals, has distanced us from this crisis, and from the experiences of girls and women globally. We haven’t been as attentive as past generations of Christians. Rather, quite a few evangelicals in this country and beyond have been busy silencing women and normalizing male dominance as a biblical ideal. While Amartya was studying skewed gender ratios, evangelical ministries were incorporated to promote male headship.
Advocates - Christian - Patriarchy - Moves - Power
Advocates of Christian patriarchy made strategic moves to secure their power. For decades, prominent evangelical leaders filled auditoriums in the thousands, fortifying their male-run churches, families, and organizations. They damned women leaders as “liberal,” demeaned accurate translations of Scripture that de-centered skewed male-dominant language, and took charge of the largest, wealthiest Protestant denomination in the US—the SBC.
Once in control of the SBC, complementarians systematically removed women leaders from their institutes, churches, and mission fields where they’d planted churches, preached, and built schools and Christian organizations. Not only were these women marginalized, but advocates of patriarchy effectively silenced women’s leadership in SBC and evangelical history. Today, these institutions have little memory of the legacy of their own women leaders and founders.
Women - Leaders - Allies
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