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Is testimony of a women equivalent to that of a man? [closed]

According to Christianity is testimony of a woman equivalent to that of a man? I'm familiar with the Islamic tradition and looking to understand the same concept from a Christian perspective. Surat Al-...
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Can you hit a women in Christianity? [closed]

According to the Quran a husband can strike his wife. I just wanna compare Islam versus Christianity? Sahih International: Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the ...
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Is Adult Breastfeeding allowed in Christianity like in Islam? [closed]

Is Adult Breastfeeding in Christinity allowed because in Islam it is allowed? Or what does the Bible and Jesus say about a adult man sucking a women breast? From the hadith Sahih-Muslim 1453e: Zainab ...
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Who is a Reformed substitute for Catholic Marian Doctrine in exemplifying the new dignity accorded women?

A pattern I see in scripture is that God performs a literal act in history, then makes it into the concrete support for a doctrinal principle, a fitting example. He creates the world and all of ...
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What are the historical and scriptural reasons why women are prohibited and/or discouraged from wearing pants in some churches?

Note: I'm little surprised that this question had not been asked before. I've noticed that some churches place more emphasis on the issue of modesty than others. In more exaggerated cases, some ...
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What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors?

It seems that that 1Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) says that women shouldn't be pastors. But there are many denominations that allow this. 1 Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) 12 But I do not allow a woman to ...
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If baptism washes away original sin, why do women still get periods and pain?

Catholic doctrine states that baptism washes away sin including original sin. Well, periods and pains related to child birth are the punishment for original sin, at least for women. Why are we still ...
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Mitred women in the Catholic Church?

Mitred women in the Catholic Church? Historically, we know that there were women in the Early Church, who were non-ordained deaconesses. I know that male deacons and even kings have been given the ...
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Do Pentecostals disagree with women preaching?

On whether or not women can be preachers, know several who disagree: Voddie Bauchman, John MacArthur, Norman Geisler, John Pipper, Albert Mohler, Yago Martins (from "Dois Dedos de Teologia"),...
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Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive it?

Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive? For example, a woman comes dressed with a short dress or bare shoulders in the church, and she ...
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Why are the functions for man clear in the Catholic Church leading and decisive hierarchy, but there is no corresponding function for women?

Aside from the functions that both man and women can take in the Church (they can be lay members of the congregations- single or married, they both can be consecrated single persons, they can be ...
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St. Augustine and woman sexuality? [closed]

Did Saint Augustine of Hippo say that "inter urinas et faeces nascimur" (we are born between urine and feces). As I understand this fragment implied the inferiority of female sexuality as something ...
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What is the source for Tertullian's "woman is a temple built over a sewer" quote?

I've seen several different versions of this quotation, but the one constant is: Woman is a temple built over a sewer. Other versions expand on this. Adding items such as Woman is a temple ...
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Were there any female priests in the temple?

Were there any female priests in the temple in Jerusalem at any time?
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Are men more important then women? [closed]

I had this question for a while and I just can't find the answer. Whenever I go to church all I hear, is that boys can do this, that and other things, but the girls can only listen and sing. It makes ...
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What is the modern argument against obligatory head coverings?

1 Corinthians 11:4-6 gives these instructions about head coverings: 4 Every man who prays or prophesies while having something on his head dishonors his head, 5 but every woman who prays or ...
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Help identifying a large FAQ about women pastors made by John Piper and someone else

I don't know if was a book, article, or interview, but recently I read a document which contained 30-50 question and answer items related to women as pastors. I know it was by John Piper and ...
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Does any church still provide a pension for widows?

In 1 Timothy there is a passage that talks about widows receiving a pension from the church: 1 Timothy 5:9-16 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, ...
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started?
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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Were there women leaders in the early church?

We have a lot of documents from early church fathers, who were as far as I'm aware always male, but is there any accounts of females acting in a leadership or authority role similar to that of the ...
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Does the Evangelical Free Church allow women elders?

I'm a member of an Evangelical Free church and one of the members of my Sunday school class made an impassioned plea for us to nominate several women to be elders. Currently our church has no women ...
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Is there any historical record of Elizabeth the First's reaction to John Knox's tract on 'the monstruous regimen'?

In his tract The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous Regimen of Women (see note below about the wording) John Knox appears to be extending Paul's proscription - regarding the place of ...
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What did Calvin think about Knox's "Monstrous Regiment"?

Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox (1514-1572) is the author of the work of vile misogyny, The first blast of the trumpet against the monstruous regiment of women (1558). In the book, Knox rails ...
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Are there any biblical accounts of a women performing a miracle from God?

Are there any biblical accounts of a women performing a miracle from God? A miracle from God through a woman. Scriptural references please.
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What is seen to actually occur if a female were to be the subject of laying on of the hands in ordination?

What is seen to actually occur if a female were to be the subject of laying on of the hands in ordination? The CCC 1577 states that "...the ordaination of women is not possible". What (in the ...
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Why would anyone name their child Oprah? [closed]

I was reading the story of Naomi and Ruth, and it mentions Orpah, the other daughter-in-law basically abandons Naomi and is the mother of Goliath. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpah What positive ...
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How do denominations that ordain women at the same time justify not ordaining homosexuals?

There are many verses in the New Testament that outline the role of women in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:34: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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Why don't many churches obey Paul's command that women must be silent in church? [closed]

In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul says that women must be silent in churches and ask questions to their husbands when they get home: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak,...
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What is the biblical basis or precedent for restricting women from serving in war?

In the United States, the Secretary of Defense just lifted the ban on women in combat. Many Christians seem to oppose this idea and believe that women should not be put in combat. What is the ...
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Are menstruating women considered ritually impure in Christianity?

In certain religions, women are considered as ritually impure during their menstrual cycles. They are asked not to participate in sacred rituals etc during those times. Is it the same in Christianity?...
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I've read that 19th Century and early 20th Century Mormon Utah was very feminist for its time. What evidence supports or contradicts this? [closed]

I've read this claim on a reddit post1 that 19th century Mormon Utah is usually understood as barbaric and very sexist towards women, especially due to polygamy. However the poster argues that 19th ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Sirach 42:14?

"Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; and it is a woman who brings shame and disgrace." - Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) 42:14, RSV.
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What is the justification used by the Nazarene denomination that permits women to be pastors/ elders?

Nazarenes allow for, and indeed pride ourselves on, our allowance of women in the pastorate. What is their justification for doing so?
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What is the biblical basis for women being created in the image of God?

This question is not made to defame Biblical doctrines or teachings, just a genuine curiosity that no one I talk to has an answer for. Genesis 1:27 states "So God created man in his own image, in ...
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How did the Willow Creek church come to allow and encourage women in leadership?

The Willow Creek Community Church has long had a policy of both men and women in leadership roles - which was (and is still) counter to what many other churches teach. From their site: We believe ...
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A woman's testimony was considered inadmissible in a court of law. Whose law?

As an argument for the validity of the Gospels, I have heard it mentioned by multiple pastors that a woman's testimony was considered inadmissible in a court of law, so the fact that women first ...
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Regarding women participation in extraordinary ministry (Roman-Catholic Church)

I've seen similar questions like these: Why doesn't the Catholic Church ordain women to be deacons? Why does the Roman Catholic church allow girls to serve the altar? but they do not cover what ...
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What roles are women allowed to play in LDS Sunday services?

On a Sunday when a Latter-day Saints congregation meets, what roles are women allowed or not allowed to play in the service?
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Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. It wasn't all that great and yes I found it a bit offensive, however it did get me thinking. Why does it seem as if Mary ...
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Can a woman cut her hair and not cover her head? [closed]

NIV 1 Corinthians 11:6 - For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she ...
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In Romans 16:7, are Andronicus and Junia apostles? AND... is Junia a woman? How did the Church Fathers interpret this? [closed]

In Romans 16:7, are Andronicus and Junia apostles? AND... is Junia a woman? Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they ...
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Can LDS women be Sunday School Presidents?

From my understanding, women play a huge role in the LDS church, e.g. The Relief Society (which was established in 1842 and has about 6 million members). Even though they don't have the priesthood and ...
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How were women to serve the church according to the Apostolic Fathers?

Did the Apostolic Church Fathers write about the capacity in which women were to serve in the early church, or expand the capacity in which they served the church? In other words, what were they ...
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Why shouldn't the UK have women bishops?

Just last week in the UK, the Church of England voted on the concept of having women bishops (who would then be eligible for appointment to the House of Lords, but that's not relevant.) They voted no....
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When did female missionaries appear after the Reformation?

Assuming that prior to the Reformation, Jesuit priests did not bring missionary wives or families along, as they were not married, when did women become a normal sighting among missionary work around ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church ordain women to be deacons?

I understand that women within the Roman Catholic Church and I am guessing in the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches as well, cannot be ordained Priests. What I am wondering, is why they cannot be ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman? [closed]

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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Why are wives considered the "weaker partner"? (1 Peter 3:7) [closed]

In 1 Peter, we read: 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the ...
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Why does the Roman Catholic church allow girls to serve the altar?

I once knew a classmate who told me that she belonged to the Coptic Orthodox church. Out of curiosity, I asked her whether she had ever served the altar, because I figured that serving the altar was ...