Sunday 11 December 2011

Raising the condition of women

‎"It is the great achievement of Christianity in all times and places to have raised the condition of women" (W.E. Gladstone). But this can go too far? I once asked a young public school educated English Catholic priest. He smiled broadly and said : It can go much too far. But can it? All I know is that theists and unbelievers necessarily have an opposed attitude to these matters. Nowadays the conventional agnostic attitude is that sexual differences are produced by oppressive social structures - this is the Marxist claptrap that almost all conservatives, soi dixant, believe these days in England. The Christian attitude is closer to Freud's belief that biology is destiny because for us biology is God's Holy Will. Women's condition cannot be raised too far but modern feminism degrades rather than raises them.

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