24 November, 2020

An International Roster Of Thinkers On The Big Q: What’s Gender Equality?

An International Roster Of Thinkers On The Big Q: What’s Gender Equality?
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Chole Breyer
Executive director, Interfaith Centre of New York

Were you to stop someone in the street and ask them if the world’s great religious traditions would help or hinder the achievement of gender equality, my guess is they’d conclude that religion was a hindrance. In Christianity and Judaism, the first book of the Bible, Genesis, describes Eve emerging from Adam’s rib. A few lines later, she succumbs to the serpent’s temptation, takes a bite of the forbidden fruit and offers it to him. For centuries, authorities within the church patriarchy attributed to Eve the majority portion of guilt for the original sin and taught that the pains of childbirth were just atonement for Eve’s misstep. With so many obstacles like this within many religious traditions, what possible hope...

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