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According to Piper, women must submit to male authority for two reasons: 1) Adam was created first, and was therefore presumed to be in charge.2) Eve was deceived by the devil because she was a woman, and therefore all women must share a vulnerability to deception as an inherent “weakness.” He attempts to qualify that this weakness probably shows itself only in “some kinds of situations.”[5] Piper’s rationale is simply a restatement of St. That should come as no surprise to the student of church history.

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Sin entered the human race when Adam listened to Eve, thereby reversing God’s order of creation.

2) Eve was deceived by the devil because she was a woman.

Therefore all women must be more easily deceived than men, and should, as a result, be subject to male authority.[3] In some corners of the church, however, the subjection of women to male authority remains.

For example, the New Bible Commentary: 21 Century Edition asserts that husbands are the “masters” of their wives, and that wives have a duty to “obey” them.[4] Similarly, church leader and author John Piper maintains that men must exercise authority over women at church and in the home.

They did this by referring to an Old Testament curse pronounced on a man named Canaan: “When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers'” (Gen -25, RSV).

Pro-slavery theologians wrongly assumed that Canaan was the ancestor of all African slaves.

They concluded that God had ordained white Americans—wrongly assumed to be the descendants of Canaan’s brothers—to be slave masters.

In reality, there was no biblical or historical reason to connect Canaan’s curse with slavery in the American south.[1] They did this by referring to an Old Testament “curse*” pronounced on a woman named Eve: “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (Genesis , NIV). Jerome, concluded that in the curse of Genesis , God was reducing Eve “to the condition of a slave to her husband”[2] 1) Adam was created first and was therefore presumed to be in charge.

Assumptions about a curse used to justify gender inequality are just as false.

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