Men were the powerful ones, they were the leaders and they were to be followed. So when Elizabeth decided to rule alone, most men weren’t happy with being underneath a woman. In Doc 1, John Knox who is a religious reformer says that Elizabeth cannot hold any office as the ruler is considered God’s extension on Earth and a woman can never be anything like god. He makes references to the Holy Ghost to support his statements and tries to get people to believe that a woman in power is against God’s law. Even though, Knox is a religious reformer, it is important to keep in mind that the Reformation didn’t really do much to promote woman rights; they were mostly concerned with Corruption in the church.
The Church has many restrictions to be part of its clergy. Being a female is one restriction. Many officials are close-minded and immature for saying, “That women talk too much, or that it is not becoming for them to wear the clerical tonsure” (Viewpoints). A few officials, “have now come to terms with the fact that women are capable of heading academic faculties, running major corporations, ruling their countries as prime minister or presidents” (Viewpoints). Women are just as capable as men in governing the Church.
John Knox, a Scottish religious reformer, explores the idea that women are utterly forbidden to occupy the place of God in religious offices. Knox even quotes scripture to reassure the fact that women shouldn’t be able to rule. In document 2, Nicholas Heath debates before the House of Lords the same argument, which is that no women should be the ruler and or be in any part of the church. This shows that they had no acceptance of the idea that women could hold any sort of power. Another church idea is from document 5, which is an excerpt from The Second Book of Homilies, which was produced by bishops of England, and it was authorized by Elizabeth I.
Religions are also found to legitimate and regulate the traditional domestic role of the woman, like the Catholic Church bans contraception and promotes the woman as the housekeeper and mother figure. Woodhead argues that the exclusion of women priests from the Catholic Church shows its unease about women in general. Although this is true, Nawal El Saadawi argues that it is not the direct cause of religion to subordinate women. She disputes that instead, it is the patriarchal forming of society that exists is reflected into religion and multiplied. She believes that men reinterpreted religious beliefs in a way that was patriarchal and that is now what contributes to the oppression and legitimacy of men’s power over
With Anne being different than most women in the Puritan society, it testified what most people believed women should do in the society. As you can see, the role of religion was consistently shown to be very important to the colonists because people were killed or banished for what they believed. The colonies acted strongly upon their religion. Rather it was bloodshed, glory, or rebellion, religion was always come to show how important it affected the society back then; where as of now, religion is no longer held to the same level that it did back in the
The women who were acting out on being affected by witches was all to get social respect which they did not get because the only respect women in the past got was over the children in her home. People in the society never valued women as much as they did value men. The teenage girls spoke up in church and they criticized the minister. People started thinking that those girls were touched by witches. The minister in the church was scared since the young girls tried to speak and fight for their rights.
However, source 1 comes from The Christian Library and so the ideals of womanhood were heavily based on Christian faith which greatly restricted the role of women as through this faith women were seen as weak and so the source’s religious background indicates an underlying belief in women’s inferiority. On the hand, source 2 declares that ‘it’s impossible to assert the superiority of man or woman’ as the spheres that they occupied were ‘so different’ suggesting that there is equality between
He does not disrespect it, but simply disregards it. On the other hand, Shirley struggles to tolerate the other faiths of the non-Christian members of the study group. Shirley is narrow-minded and thinks everyone should be a Christian. She even goes as far as trying to convert Annie who is a Jewish and Abed who is Muslim, by baptising them. Shirley shows a disrespect towards her peers while on the other hand, Peter just chooses not to connect to the religion.
This causes the reader to contemplate whether Jeanette’s homosexuality is wrong which coherently leads to the reader questioning the traditional values we uphold within society. Jeanette’s mother has a binary philosophy to life accompanied with almost fundamentalist Christian views. By the church creating the noun phrase, ‘Unnatural Passion’, for homosexuality it projects the sheer vitriol of the church to anything different. The church played a key role in Jeanette’s development making it near impossible for her not to feel the impact of their outlook on homosexuality. By allowing the reader to observe the church’s hatred towards happenings that they deem peculiar, the reader builds connection to the protagonist as Winterson displays how comfortable Jeanette is with Melanie, ‘glad the Lord had brought us together’.
Catholics especially but most Christians don’t approve of cohabitation because it scarcely ensures mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship. You are more likely to have sex before you are married when you live together. According to Jesus even looking at a women in a lustful way (Matthew 5:27-28) is as bad as doing the deed. Thus it is hard to stay pure and maintain your intentions. Some secular