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The Great (False) God, Masculinity
By Robert G. Hewitt
The world is deeply divided, theologically and philosophically, between the opposing claims of democracy and patriarchy. The question seems to be, “How much freedom and authority shall be allowed to women?” The extreme Taliban answer was, and is, “None!” In the American “democratic” state, the answer has softened since the nation's founding but, to date, continues to be, “Some, but not much!”
Authoritative patriarchal religious groups such as Roman Catholicism, Protestant Biblical Fundamentalism, Mormonism, and Islam quietly deny to women within their ranks many of the freedoms granted them under the United States Constitution. There is a serious movement among these groups, now that we have a moral cipher as president of the United States, to make changes in the Constitution designed to reduce the few freedoms and authorities that women have gained.
There is a similarly serious movement within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, pushed by the extreme patriarchalists among us, to return to a more patriarchal day. They bristled when women were allowed to be ordained; they went ballistic when they learned that gays were being ordained. They have, I believe, brought the worship (“worthship”) of the false god “Masculinity” into the very core of church life.
The following assumptions and commentaries are offered as a basis for communication in our theological and anthropological disagreements.
To speak of God as “He” is simply heretical, and is unfortunately understood by children as truth. Most people carry this heresy with them all their lives in their common speech, and that becomes an enormous barrier to understanding the relationship between God and humanity. It is the root of the anthropological heresies, and fictions, of “masculinity” and “femininity.”
Back to the beginning: God is God! Masculinity is every patriarchal society's favorite false god. Femininity is a subset within patriarchy of the same heresy. Unchangeable patriarchal-type leaders are, in my book, the most well-intentioned, dangerous persons in the world. That would include people like the Bishop of Rome, and James Dobson of Focus on the Family. They put the worthship of Masculinity before the worthship of the Lord Jesus. I say this not to be offensive, even to those gentlemen, but to follow the logic of my argument. The worship of the great idol Masculinity is alive and well among Christians, and in most other world religions, too.
The Rev. Robert G. Hewitt is an Episcopal priest in Colorado Springs, Col. He may be reached by email at email@example.com .