Here’s a question from David, one of our readers:
I was wondering if you could answer the accusation that Christians many times get, which is that God and the Bible are sexist. I guess there are lots of verses and examples which may seem like it is. But one that I was recently asked was, why did God choose all the major prophets in the Bible to be male, and why were all the apostles men?
Although I was wondering if you could address God’s sexism in the Bible in general, maybe you could answer some specific examples also. I know there is one verse which says that women are the weaker vessel, women should remain silent, why was it the woman Eve who first sinned, and so on. I would really appreciate any help you can give me.
It might take too long for Brett to cover all the specific examples, so we’d especially like to hear how you’d respond to David on those. I think the answer to the overall question is rooted in how men and women were created (i.e., their different gifts and weaknesses in general) and in the key idea that different gifts and roles do not indicate different value. And since I’m a girl, I can say it, and now you all have permission to say it, so go for it. We’ll hear from Brett on Thursday.