On John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity”

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The importance of recovering the Divine Feminine is perhaps nowhere more clear than in the recent remarks of John Piper, who declared Tuesday that Godde intended for Christianity “to have a masculine feel.” He argues that Godde is revealed in the Bible in masculine terms (King, Father, etc.), creates humankind in “his” image, and appoints men as priests, apostles, church leaders, etc.

Many of these arguments have been addressed already by the Christian Godde Project: Godde is revealed in Scripture with not only masculine terms, but feminine terms as well (cf. Isa. 66:13; Luke 13:21,34; 15:8-10, et al.), and both women and men were created in Godde’s image (Gen. 1:27). For much more, see our page on Godde – the Divine Feminine.

As for the apostles, Piper seems to have conveniently forgotten about apostles like Junia (Rom. 16:7). And then there’s Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ first and most loyal apostle. According to Luke, accompanying Jesus during his earthly ministry was a prerequisite for an apostle (Acts 1:22), and according to Paul, having a vision of the risen Jesus was a mark of an apostle (1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8,9). Mary met both of these criteria.

Mary’s faithfulness to Jesus surpassed that of his male disciples. Thomas doubted him, Judas betrayed him, and Peter denied him, but Mary stood by him, both at the cross (John 19:25) and outside the tomb where she held vigil (Matt. 27:61). She was the first person to see the risen Jesus (Matt. 28:9; John 20:14-17) and the first to proclaim that he had risen from the dead (Matt. 28:8; Luke 24:10; John 20:18).

To these women could be added many others, including Mary and Martha, who recognized Jesus as the Christ (John 11:27); the woman at the well, who first spread the word about Jesus in Samaria (John 4:7-30,39); and the Syropohoenician woman, who taught Jesus to be concerned with people besides those of his own race (Matt. 15:22-28; Mark 7:24-30).

Women not only traveled with Jesus throughout his ministry from Galilee to Judea (cf. Mark 15:40,41), they also financed it. In fact the New Testament mentions only women as financially supporting Jesus’ ministry (Luke 8:3). So it seems to me that without women, there would be no Christianity.

So much for Piper’s “masculine Christianity.”

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3 Responses to “On John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity””

  1. Rosanne Dingli Says:

    I have written a novel that essentially takes up the masculine slant of the way the scriptures are interpreted, and took a controversial premise about the identity of one of the evangelists. I researched Luke, who travelled with St Paul, allegedly a mysogynist (who knows whether he was that at all!) and found some stunning evidence, which supported my fictional premise.

    Called “According to Luke” my novel was released by BeWrite Books in March 2011 and has received some great reviews, but none by any scripture experts. I would love some comments about what I have written.

    http://www.amazon.com/According-to-Luke-ebook/dp/B004U2T0CI/ref=ntt_at_ep_edition_2_3?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS

  2. Tiegra Says:

    Reblogged this on Between Earth and Moon and commented:
    Having an interest in the Christian male vs. female debate brings me articles like these in response. I’ve long ago thought that the Abrahamic religions were strictly male religions with no room for females in their thought, practice, or ritual. Sometimes I long for liturgy, but my loathing of such segregative thinking and interpretations usually overcomes this. But every once in a while, it gets me thinking about it again. Next one will argue that the Gospels never list women as apostles. I shall keep following the debate.

  3. Resources for Luke 24:8 - 13 Says:

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