"For example, you learn that slavery was in practice, and that women were considered chattel."
--The problem with this notion, is that it implies that slavery is horrible.
Well, no, the statement doesn't imply that. It says it existed, that's all.
But why is it horrible, when you think of slavery you tend to think of the whips and the lashes and the different harsh treatments. This is condemned in the bible to 'all' people, and so, a 'slave', is more accuratly a 'servant' a more proper in-context biblical translation.
Ah, no, I don't think so. "Servant" implies "paid employee with rights", not "human being owned by another".
Basically being a servant was like being a child with responsibilities in todays american culture.
What a load of apologist, revisionist crap, TC.
--As for women, its a bit analogous to the above. Women are at a bit of a lower level than men, after all, who was it who picked the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil first?
Ah, I see that you are a lovely mysogynist-in-the-making, TC. Just what we need in this world.
Let me tell you something.
Women are not at any kind of lower level than men. That they are viewed this way by certain sects of Christianity is one of the most demeaning, ugly, hateful, spirit-destroying attitudes that was ever propagated by any institution in history. It is a convenient way to blame everything on women and to justify male privilage.
This attitude requires all Christian women to hate themselves and live their life feeling guilty.
This disgusts and saddens me.
[QUOTE]"Huh, what are you talking about? I don't understand."
--The separation of church and state in the history books. This is probably why they omit, say, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, or mention of the the exile of Moses without the word 'myth' used in the same sentance.
Gee, I wonder why they don't include every unverified religious story in every history book without qualifying it with the word "myth"?
What is your evidence OTHER THAN THE BIBLE for these events, TC?
Goodness, you ARE a sloppy-minded scholar.