|Queen Elizabeth I|
The King James Bible? No, that hadn’t been commissioned yet. Knox composed his pamphlet while in exile in Geneva, Switzerland, where everyone who could escape Catholic England under Queen Mary I, ‘bloody Mary,’ holed up. The New Testament of The Geneva Bible, a Protestant translation, came out a year before Knox wrote his pamphlet, and the rest of the Geneva Bible two years later, in 1560. As a divine, Knox probably knew the Bible in the Latin Vulgate version. In any case, he made his case against women rulers by reference to Bible verses that made women subject to men, forbade them from having authority over men, both because they were inferior to men by virtue of being ‘taken out of man,’ that is, only a rib’s worth of what a man is, and because they were thus the weaker sex, not physically only, but in every other way.
|21st Century ‘Happy Days’|
Notice, I said ‘attitudes’ and not ‘thinking,’ because the thinking man or woman has enough self-respect not to defer to such dubious authorities. But here we are, history doesn’t stop cycling and recycling the mistakes, and the victories, of past ages, thus keeping the Bible, especially the book of Ecclesiastes, relevant. Not only in America, heading for either the abyss or the next golden age, depending on whether you color yourself red or blue, whether you read, or go with the flow, but in much of the destabilized Western world, the uneducated public is being played with by the unprincipled privileged, and the things that really should matter are eclipsed by ephemeral, even fantasy, issues. If Knox were alive and writing his fiery pamphlets today, I wonder who he would target, using his faithful, old Bible as ammunition.
We don’t really need to wonder for long, because though Knox is long gone and perhaps spinning in his grave, matters far worse than women rulers have taken centre stage in state, church, and society at large. Whether or not the Bible should be taken literally as to the status of women, we nevertheless will always do what we want with this, and every other issue, anyway. The wise are not troubled by these things, but if they are Christians, they follow the Lord, all things—even biblical laws—being subject to His authority.
|Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky|
‘America is worth fighting for ideologically. I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case,’ is what the governor said. This is an alarming thought that I’ve had, and now it’s even made it to the headlines, as though we are being prepared for a great default. These are critical times, times of what is called ‘krisis’ in Biblical Greek, meaning ‘judgment,’ and none of us, man, woman, or child, will be left untested.
Lord, have mercy.
|‘Don’t worry, We’ll only take a rib’s worth…’|