Challenge: Christianity Destroys Women's Self-Esteem

A contributor to a collection of “Why I Am an Atheist” testimonies on an atheist website says the Bible’s view of women is one of her biggest objections against Christianity:

I feel that self-esteem is very important for young women. I have noticed that women tend to lose their self-esteem when they become teen-agers. This carries on into adulthood and is very destructive. I think part of the root cause in America is Christianity. The Bible treats women as secondary. We are to obey our husbands.

. . .the head of every women is the man . . . (1 Cor. 11:3)

What is really scary about this is that this verse is being used even to this day… I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel that I have a good head on my shoulders. I am smart and can do things on my own. Why do I need to have a husband tell me every thing to do?

If a friend said this to you (and it’s likely you will hear it at some point), how would you respond? What’s the biblical view of women? This is definitely a conversation that requires some tact, so let’s see your knowledge, wisdom, and character in action. Leave a comment with your answer, and then we’ll hear Brett’s response on Thursday.  

[View the video response from Brett. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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