Is Christianity Oppressive or Liberating for Women? – page 8




Is Christianity
Oppressive or Liberating
for Women?

by Amy Orr-Ewing,
Europe/Middle East Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and Director of Programs for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA)

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We shouldn’t be surprised to be disappointed by Christians. After all, as my friend Elaine Storkey has said, the church recruits from the human race. Thus we’re never surprised by negative behaviors by institutions or individuals. But I suggest to you this morning that we will never be disappointed by Christ. The promise of Christ is that coming to know Him is the key. Real change is possible when it’s wrought by Him. People who claim to represent Him may do all sorts of things, but do their actions ring true to Him?

Is Christianity oppressive to women? My answer is, not if you look at Jesus. Women are welcomed, taught, spoken of as equally human, witnesses to the primary facts of the Christian story: incarnation, atonement, resurrection. Women play all kinds of roles in church, and in the early church women went to their deaths in the amphitheater, martyred just as the Christian men were. I don’t have time to read it, but look up the story of two early Christian martyrs who were women, Perpetua and Felicity — Perpetua a noblewoman and Felicity her servant girl.

Women and men equally bear the image of God as fully human with all the privileges and challenges of living as human beings. Christianity is good news for men just as it’s good news for women. But importantly it provides us with a coherent worldview and underpinning for a vision of human flourishing. Amen.


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Amy Orr-Ewing is the Europe/Middle East Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and Director of Programs for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). She has written two books exploring key questions in apologetics: Why Trust the Bible? and But Is It Real?. Her most recent publication is Millennials, which she co-authored with her husband Frog. They have also published Holy Warriors: A Fresh Look at the Face of Extreme Islam and Deep. Amy has contributed to the books, Beyond Opinion, God and the Generations and Worth Knowing: Wisdom for Women. Amy speaks and lectures on Christian Apologetics worldwide, at events such as Keswick and Alpha International. She also speaks on University campuses including Oxford and Cambridge. Amy has been invited to speak in the White House, and on Capitol Hill, as well as the Speakers Rooms in the UK Parliament. Amy holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Amy and her husband Frog serve in a church in Buckinghamshire, England called Latimer Minster, which they helped plant in 2010.



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