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Martin Luther ~ “If women become tired or even die that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth–that is why they are here.”

Martin Luther ~ “The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.”  

Martin Luther ~ “God created Adam master and lord of living creatures, but Eve spoilt all, when she persuaded him to set himself above God’s will.’Tis you women, with your tricks and artifices, that lead men into error.”

Martin Luther ~ “Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.”

Martin Luther ~ “No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.”

 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, 13th century  ~ “As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence. “

 

 St. Albertus Magnus, Dominican theologian and Doctor of the Church, 13th century  ~ “Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one’s guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. … Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.”

St. Albertus Magnus, Dominican theologian, 13th century ~ Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one’s guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. … Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.

 

Tertullian, 2nd-3rd century Churchfather  ~ “In pain shall you bring forth children, woman, and you shall turn to your husband and he shall rule over you. And do you not know that you are Eve? God’s sentence hangs still over all your sex and His punishment weighs down upon you. You are the devil’s gateway; you are she who first violated the forbidden tree and broke the law of God. It was you who coaxed your way around him whom the devil had not the force to attack. With what ease you shattered that image of God: Man! Because of the death you merited, even the Son of God had to die… Woman, you are the gate to hell.”

Tertullian (160?-220?): “Woman is a temple built over a sewer, the gateway to the devil. Woman, you are the devil’s doorway. You led astray one whom the devil would not dare attack directly. It was your fault that the Son of God had to die; you should always go in mourning and rags.”

 

Clement of Alexandria (150?-215?): “Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.”

Clement of Alexandria excludes…intercourse with a…pregnant, barren, or menopausal wife and for that matter, with one’s wife ‘in the morning,’ ‘in the daytime,’ or ‘after dinner.’ Clement warns, indeed, that ‘not even at night, although in darkness, is it fitting to carry on immodestly or indecently, but with modesty, so that whatever happens, happens in the light of reason…’ for even that union ‘which is legitimate is still dangerous, except in so far as it is engaged in procreation of children. ”

 

Saint Augustine of Hippo, Church Father, Bishop of Hippo Regius, 354 – 430 ~ “What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother; it is still Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman… I fail to see what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.”

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430): “Woman was merely man’s helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.”

 

John Wesley (1703-91): “Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born.”

 

Jerome (345?-420): “If it is good for a man not to touch a woman, then it is bad for him to touch one, for bad, and bad only, is the opposite of good.”

 

John Chrysostom (349-407): “Amongst all the savage beasts none is found so harmful as woman.”

 

John Calvin (1509-64): “Thus the woman, who had perversely exceeded her proper bounds, is forced back to her own position. She had, indeed, previously been subject to her husband, but that was a liberal and gentle subjection; now, however, she is cast into servitude.”

 

 

All of the quotes listed above were spoken from the mouths of respected church fathers whose dogmas have been incorporated into many of its doctrines, which consequently have influenced the thinking of many leaders and laypersons. Considering the egregious falsehoods spoken by these men of prominence in the early church about women, one should be cautious in taking any of their teachings as valid. When a person is given a position of authority that encompasses speaking the truth about the nature of humankind in relation to religious doctrines and it is shown that misogyny pervades their thinking a dark shadow should be cast upon all utterances that flow from their mouths. The biased lies that have spewed from the lips of church fathers since Christianities inception should immediately send up red flags and cause one to pause and consider just exactly what the Christian religion is founded upon. If the foundation is flawed what does that say about the building that rests upon it?

 

What makes men fear women in positions of leadership and authority? Is it because they think women will use the power to suppress men in the same manner that men have suppressed women? I would think as a general rule, men in egalitarian societies would fare better then their counterparts in patriarchal societies. If one looks around the world today it is easy to see that in every society where patriarchal systems are giving way to more egalitarian systems women benefit greatly and consequently so do men. Patriarchal societies of the past and present under the cloak of religion have never done women any favors, it is time to leave behind the backward religious thinking of the past that was promoted by lack of knowledge and use current wisdom to treat all humans with equality. Sad to say most religions have been sorely lacking in promoting moral values in the area of human equality this in and of itself should reveal the primitive and barbaric nature of systems that deny equal rights to all its citizens.

Here is a link (relevant to the above article) to an excellent blog article by John Loftus called  I Have Never Read a More Anti-Woman Text Than “The Witch Hammer”

 

 

One Response to “Anti-woman Quotes by Early Church Fathers”

  • Jon Spiegel:

    Please reference your quotes. When quoting Tertullian, “Woman is a temple built over a sewer, the gateway to the devil…” I am unable to find a source for the “sewer” part. The rest of the quote (gateway to the devil…) is from T’s ON THE APPAREL OF WOMEN, which should be kept in context with his intentions in that writing and what he writes in his letter TO HIS WIFE. With that said, yes, what many Church Fathers wrote is shocking to our ears, but so were many of the things that their pagan contemporaries said, and most civilizations also expressed. Changing people’s minds ain’t easy, but its worth the effort. Thanks, JS

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