Post-Modernism and the Evolution of Morality, continued
[Gen 3:9] And the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
[Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice, in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
[Gen 3:11] And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?
[Gen 3:12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
[Gen 3:13] And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
[Gen 3:16] Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
[Gen 3:17] And unto Adam, he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
[Gen 3:18] Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
[Gen 3:19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. [KJV]
In “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism,” Spong makes the point that quotations such as this from the Bible have been used many fundamentalists to justify all kinds of prejudice and suppression, including prejudice against and suppression of women. All that is changing, however, due largely to a combination of the feminist movement and, I hope and choose to believe, the continuing maturing of the human race. Feminism (speaking metaphorically, of course) says that women are not inferior to men, and that the patriarchal logic which has cast them in an inferior role needs to be replaced with a different understanding of humanity, one which is able to accommodate the legitimate needs and aspirations of women and benefit from the contribution which their special perspective can bring to life.