Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Is feminism the work of the Devil?

Something else I discovered when I was in London at the weekend was a, to me, very odd story in the Times, headlined

       Feminism is work of devil, claims preacher
The pith of the story was that
...the mastermind behind one of the fastest-growing megachurches in the US has resigned after he was exposed as the author of bizarre rants claiming that feminism was the work of the Devil.
Was this opinion the reason he had to resign? I presumed so, but it doesn't sound heretical. 

Anglicans, according to Desmond MacCarthy, ceased to believe in hell and the devil in the 1860s, a hundred years before English Catholics, although American Protestants still do so. But leaving Satan out of it, is feminism compatible with Christianity? 

W.E. Gladstone was absolutely right when he said that
It is the great achievement of Christianity in all times and places to have raised the condition of women.
But modern post-1960 feminism is something new, discrete from the Edwardian variety, it's origins closer to Marxism than Mrs. Pankhurst. It usually, though not always, means approving of abortion and, abortion aside, feminism seems incompatible with Christianity if Christianity enjoins wives to obey husbands. 

But even if the teaching on marriage by St. Paul is abandoned, Christians believe a loving Deity created men and women and their biology, clearly for very different roles. Although the atheist Freud said that biology was destiny, for unbelievers biology need not have a meaning or reveal any purpose and can be overridden by human reason divorced from ideas of the natural law. 

Indeed a feminist version of Christianity would, in my judgment, not be Christianity. It is by no means unimportant that although God, being spirit, has no sex He is referred to with the masculine pronoun. 

On the other hand, Christianity is certainly not compatible with injustice to or exploitation of women. Pope Pius XII was writing about the injustice of paying women less for the same work as men back in 1945, a decade or two before the liberals took up the issue.

Modern post-1960 feminism does not seem to me to be a Christian idea and in some ways is misogynistic. Alexander Dugin, who is not a thinker I much admire, makes a good point when he says that liberalism is the most ‘male affirming’ theory. Liberals ultimately conceive of emancipated woman as just another man, he says. I think this is right.

[Note:  Going back to where I started, after writing this piece I learnt from Wikipedia about the American Protestant pastor who was forced to resign because of his opposition to feminism, Mark Driscoll. I find this passage from Wikipedia very funny, and very American, though I agree with him wholeheartedly in thinking women priests or priestesses a terrible idea.
He traces many modern spiritual and social problems to the acceptance of female leadership. Driscoll describes Eve's temptation by the serpent in the Garden of Eden as "the first invitation to an independent feminism". For Eve to eat the forbidden fruit was, according to Driscoll, "the first exercising of a woman's role in leadership in the home and in the church in the history of the world. It does not go well."
Driscoll believes that Christianity has been "feminized". In a 2006 interview with Desiring God, he said, "The problem with the church today, it's just a bunch of nice, soft, tender, 'chickified' [sic] church boys. Sixty percent of Christians are chicks, and the forty percent that are dudes are still sort of chicks....  In contrast, Driscoll emphasizes what he perceives as macho behavior in the actions of biblical protagonists: he describes Jesus, Paul the Apostle, and King David saying: "... these guys were dudes. Heterosexual, win-a-fight, punch-you-in-the-nose, dudes."]


  1. I have a very good book about the devil which goes into the actual battle going on between Christ and the devil as it was seen in medieval times. Not dualistic by the because the devil is a fallen angel and not a fallen God. Will post some more thoughts once I had found the book and had another read.

    1. Thank you very much. I wrote about the devilish here.

    2. Sounds like good reading. And the title is .... ?

  2. Oo! Oo!! Please miss! Please miss! I know the answer!

    Yes, feminism is a work of the devil. Its origins come from Marxism, which was a work of Freemasons which was a work of the Evil One to overturn the prerogatives of Holy MOther Church, to deform the souls of men and cause the ruination and overturning of Christendom.

    But people won't believe me, and will go on thinking that feminism is the wonderfullest thing ever, so there's no point in saying it.

  3. If you insist on the subordination of women you'll not win many friends these days. If men were more admirable, women might not feel so inclined to take matters into their own hands ;-)

  4. I am not a Christian except in a residual sense. I find Gladstone's point about Christianity raising the condition of women in all times and places to be overstated - in some times and places, yes, but the antipathy of the Church Fathers to womenkind in general is well-known. The Celts and Anglo-Saxons treated women reasonably well long before Christianity had been heard of hereabouts.

    You make a very good point that unbelievers tend also to disbelieve in biology - I do not. I also like Dugins insight

  5. Very happy to be a free woman and come and go as I please. If that is the work of the devil, fine.

  6. Does seem that projecting one's own undesirable characteristics on the opposite sex creates the problem.

  7. The blogspot fails to mention the most important theological reason why hatred of women is incompatible with Christian teaching: the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through a woman came the redemption of humanity. Hence misogyny is unChristian.