Thursday, August 1, 2013

Are women made in the image of God?

"ανηρ μεν γαρ ουκ οϕείλει κατακαλυπτέσθαι την κεϕαλην εικων και δοξα θεου ύπάρχων· ή γυνη δε δoξα ανδρός εστιν" (1 Cor. 11:7)

This is no more nor less scripture than Galatians 3:28 or Genesis 1:27, and it takes on a provisional acuteness on account of its being vehemently rejected and scoffed at by this wicked and perverse age. Nevertheless, it remains no more nor less true than the rest of the words that God, who is truth, speaks. In it we learn that the honorable dignity of bearing the εικων θεου belongs properly to man, not woman. If it belonged to woman, Paul's argument that man ought not to cover his head would fall utterly to the ground. Conceive of this passage in any other way and it loses all rhetorical significance. An egalitarian gloss would look like this: "A man ought not to cover his head because he is the image and glory of God, but women are equally the image and glory of God yet they must cover their head. The because in the first clause is meaningless." One can see how foolish and absurd these snakes are when they handle the scripture.

I find no evidence which would suggest that women have the imago dei, and this scripture stands solidly against the idea. The best argument one may proffer is an appeal to Genesis 1:27 which states:

"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

Yet this verse does not anywhere say that women were created in the image of God. It only says that man was. The egalitarian has to devise a retroactive conclusion based on the fact that the last clause is placed in parallel with the others (leading her to suggest that male and female are both the "man" in question). There is no justification for this. A verse placed in parallel with another by no means signifies that the meanings of both collapse into each other. This is a very puerile notion indeed! Scripture abounds in synthetic parallelisms, where the final line adds to the contents of the first. This is quite naturally the case here, and the reading flows smoothest when it is taken in this way.

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