I know, I know, this isn’t gaming news and it has nothing to do with technology or the interactive entertainment industry. It’s pure culture war bait. I know. However, it was far too difficult of a story to pass up after reading through the news over on Enca on November 27th, 2018 that feminist theologians plan on releasing a Feminist Bible.
The book will attempt to redress certain events involving certain characters or stories that feminist theologians feel are steeped in too much patriarchy. They will also strip away literal interpretations in favor of empowering women with the word of God… or so that appears to be the plan by Swiss theologian professor, Lauriane Savoy. The article explains…
Savoy said that Mary Magdalene, “the female character who appears the most in the Gospels”, had been given a raw deal in many common interpretations of the texts.
“She stood by Jesus, including as he was dying on the cross, when all of the male disciples were afraid. She was the first one to go to his tomb and to discover his resurrection,” she pointed out.
“This is a fundamental character, but she is described as a prostitute, … and even as Jesus’s lover in recent fiction.”
Savoy and her colleague, Elisabeth Parmentier, are set to re-release the Bible themed around female emancipation.
The duo joined up with 18 other theologians, a few of whom are reportedly well versed in Christian theology. Their goal? Make the Bible more hip, more current, more feminist, more fierce.
Originally they were going to update another feminist interpretation of the Bible from 1898 that was put together by American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who obviously was not hogtied and fed to pigs, but then they decided that the century-old book was “too outdated”. The idea was to create something for [current year], with Elisabeth Parmentier explaining…
“We are fighting against a literal reading of the texts,” […] “It’s like taking a letter someone sends to give advice as being valid for all eternity.”
“[For the new book] Each chapter addresses existential questions for women, questions they are still asking themselves today,”
“While some say that you have to throw out the Bible to be a feminist, we believe the opposite.”
A few of the commenters wondered if the Bible is still the word of God if it’s reinterpreted using modern-day sociological standards and philosophy?
For instance, the feminists are rewriting the Bible with #MeToo in mind, but how exactly does a man slipping into a woman’s DM’s uninvited work with interpreting the Bible? Do they offer fictionalized accounts of harassment from Twitter stories… “And then, Johnny slipped a dick pic into Karen’s message box, asking ‘How U lik me now girl?!’ with a lewd emoji. With great anger, Karen called down upon Johnny the wrath of Jack, which struck Johnny’s account, rending him suspended; and Jack stood over Johnny’s prostrate account, saying ‘Lo and behold, for you have committed a great sin against the statues of #MeToo and you shall be punished henceforth for the rest of your days’. Thus, Johnny was forced to wander the social media wastelands, until he was welcomed into the abode of Gab.”
There doesn’t appear to be a time frame on when this feminist bible will be released, but it’s apparently coming soon.
(Thanks for the news tip ennis)
(Main image courtesy of Warrior Nun)