got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Monday, March 27, 2006

Some quotes on women, their intellect, and their education (Karen)

”Men should not sit and listen to a woman. Even if she says admirable things, or even saintly things, that is of little consequence, since they came from the mouth of a woman.”

Origen, early church father.

“Woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex, while production of woman comes from defect in the active force.”

Thomas Aquinas

”It is an ascertained physiological fact that the actual capacity of the average male brain is considerably greater than that of the female.”

M. Burrows, in an 1869 article that argued against allowing women to attend college in England

“What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother; it is still Eve the temptress that we must be aware of in any woman…I fail to see what use women can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.”

St. Augustine of Hippo

“The female is more imperfect than the male. The first reasons is that she is colder. If, among animals, the warmer ones are more active, it follows that the colder ones are imperfect.”

Galen, a “medical expert” in the 3rd century (He, obviously, had never experienced post-menopausal women, btw.)

“God maintained the order of each sex by dividing the business of life into twoparts, and assigned the more necessary and beneficial aspects to the man and the less important, inferior matters to the woman.”

Early church father, John Chrysostom

“A womans intellect is normally more feeble and her curiosity greater than those of a man…women should not govern the state or make war or enter the sacred ministry. Thus they can dispencse with some of the more difficult brances of knowledge which deal with politics, the military arts, jurisprudence, philosophy and theology…Their bodies as well as th3eir minds are less storng and robust than those of men.”

Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fenelon, in The Education of Females, published in late 17th century.

I would also like to point out that some of those who are leading the movement for young ladies to not attend college are also advocating a return to the day when we didn't have the right to vote. As far fetched as this may sound, check out this link to read about a film these two guys are making for the 2006 Vision Forum film festival. (Here is a link to the film on Doug Phillip's blog, where they list "universal sufferage" along with abortion as those things supported by "monstrous" women.")


  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger givengrace said…

    I'm very disappointed by the quotes, but they do make me more thankful for the freedoms I enjoy today.

    And the video? I can't believe they're serious! Watching it, I couldn't help thinking how similar it is to a spoof or satire. Unbelievable.

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Kevin & Amy said…

    Talk about fighting words! How did these men ever find wives to marry them? Their wives must have been equally deranged to have tolerated this.

    Thankfully we women know our value in Christ and that these comments are irrational and absurd.

  • At 7:00 AM, Blogger greenemama said…

    wow, those are pretty outrageous statements. the idea that the women were given the "inferior" jobs of bearing and rearing children is pretty appalling.

    man, woman, child -- they are all equal in the eyes of God, their standings before God are the same. ability varies from person to person, regardless of gender or age: i've known plenty of women with intellects superior to most of the men i've known. i've known children that are quicker and more intelligent than adults. i don't think that there's any way for someone to honestly say "men are more intelligent and more valuable than women."

  • At 7:36 AM, Blogger SolaChristus said…

    I just can't figure out how abortion and equal pay are morally equivalent. What kind of warped view of the world do these "Christians" have??

  • At 5:45 AM, Blogger michele said…

    Thanks Karen for the quotes. It's a shame that women have be viewed this way throughout church history. We are truly blessed to be living in a time when the majority view us as equals and are thankful for our contribution to the Christian community.


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