Originally posted by kirksey957
We tend to dwell on several themes when it comes to religion on the debate forums. One issue that I do not believe we have discussed is whether or not it is appropiate to have female clergy. For some of you this may seem like a strange issue in a time of equal rights and female empowerment, but for many it is a big issue. I have started this thread with the encouragement of Nyxie who always has provocative ideas.
Well, I think the viability of female clergy depends upon your brand of theological premise. If you are a literalist, or atleast a general literalist, then generally female clergy is right out of the question.
If you are less literal, but believe in the scriptures, then it is permissable, though highly argueable.
If you are a scripture believing person, but also belive the nicene convention warped and distorted the word to a masculine preference, further composited through the ages, most notably by catholicism up through atleast the 1600's, then you definitely might think female clergy is perfectly acceptable.
Further, if you believe that in the pre-nicene era there was a matriarchal emphasis that was surplanted into a patriarchal emphasis, then you would in fact probably have a female preference in clergy, if not insisting upon it.
Then at last we have the non-believer who has absolutely no theological reason to deny the permissability of female equal ability to be a clergy member. Of course, this does not bar any unfounded theological basis, nor any pretenses that exist completely outside of theology.
Anyhow that's the determining factor(s), in my humble opinion, as best I can. Naturally, my statement is intended with regards to Christianity. While I confess this is greatly due to it being the religion in which I am most knowledgable, I also think it relevant in the sense that many/most/all other religions are fairly clear in this respect.