The Expository Files


Atheistic Attacks on the Biblical Nobility of Woman

Many leaders of feminists movements charge that Christianity degrades women. Many of them prefer atheistic humanism. Has Christianity really been the source of such persecution? Or is it a trumped up charge - propaganda? True Christianity does not degrade women, but atheism does.

Consider some statements by unbelievers. Perhaps the most famous is the man who devised a theory by which he attempted to explain human existence apart from creation by God. Charles Darwin gained the admiration of atheists everywhere. Do you know what he said about the impact his theory has on the state of womanhood? He said that through evolution  "Man is more courageous, pugnacious and energetic than woman, and has more inventive genius." He also said that " attains to a higher eminence that woman in whatever he takes up - whether requiring deep thought, reason, imagination, or merely the use of senses and hands." These quotes are from his book "The Descent of Man" which was his sequel to "The Origin of the Species."

Charles Smith, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism, said, "I will not say what the implications are, but man's brain is considerably larger than woman's." He was explaining why more women seem to be interested in spiritual things.

On the other hand, the Bible never hints at such differences between the intellectual capabilities of men and women. It says concerning the good woman, "Strength and dignity are her clothing. She smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom." (See Proverbs 31:25,26 and its surrounding context). And that's the truth!

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 13.9; September 2006