Comments: FCA in Monday's newspapers

Ruth Gledhill writes of anglocatholics and evangelicals: 'their opposition to women is so strong that...'.

'Opposition to women' means the idea that women should not exist.

Evangelicals are divided into those who oppose women leadership and the open and charismatic groupings who are often in favour of it. Neither group, of course, is 'opposed to women'.

A lot of the New Testament groundwork showing how women probably held various kinds of leadership roles in the earliest church has been done by scholars esteemed by evangelicals, such as Richard Bauckham and Ben Witherington. Tom Wright is not opposed to using a feminine pronoun for the Spirit in Romans 8. And so on.

There are Christians opposed to women, such as the author of the mediaeval carol 'This is the truth sent from above.' It reads 'woman was made with man to dwell. || Thus we were heirs to endless woes.'

The root of the problem is that Ruth Gledhill is not a precise enough writer.

Posted by Christopher Shell at Monday, 6 July 2009 at 12:15pm BST

"Royal sources said the Queen was not endorsing the FCA and pointed out that she corresponds with a great number of organisations."

Would the Queen correspond with, say, a neo-Nazi organization? With a British equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan? Why then does Buckingham Palace believe it is appropriate for her to correspond with an organization that believes in second-class citizenship for her gay subjects?

Posted by Pat ONeill at Monday, 6 July 2009 at 2:23pm BST

As inclined as I am to yawn at British protocol, your questions are spot on, Pat O.

Posted by JCF at Monday, 6 July 2009 at 7:08pm BST

These "Thank yous" to telegrams sent from various organisations in session are routine in all Monarchies in Europe.

I remember one sent and got by the Internatioal Lesbian and Gay Association meeting in Oslo in 1988...

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Tuesday, 7 July 2009 at 7:11am BST
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