The Historic Christian view of Women

Women may well have been astonished to know that they were good only for reproduction, and unqualified for anything having to do with mind and intelligence. This idea was formulated by Thomas Aquinas … in connection with Augustine as follows: Woman is simply a help in procreation … and useful in housekeeping. For a man’s intellectual life, she has no significance. Thus Augustine was the brilliant inventor of what Germans call the three K’s (Kinder, Kuche, Kirchechildren, kitchen, church), an idea that still has life in it, in fact it continues to be the Catholic hierarchy’s primary theological position on women (Ranke-Heinemann, 1990, p. 88).

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