At the New Yorker, staff writer Amy Davidson explores the place of faith in the politics of rape and abortion.  While most Americans who oppose abortion are willing to make exceptions for rape, incest, and a woman’s endangered health, Richard Mourdock, Indiana’s Republican nominee to the Senate, recently stated that rape victims should be denied abortion access because when pregnancy rape occurs “it is something that God intends to happen.”

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (Tom Strattman/AP Photo)

Mourdock’s position has been denounced in most God-fearing quarters, but the theology behind the statement deserves further consideration, because — minus the abortion implication, perhaps — it is the sort of faith expressed in Christian houses of worship every Sunday.  Don’t most Christians subscribe to Mourdock’s belief that “God controls the universe”? Don’t most Christians agree that every human being is a gift of God and bears the image or likeness of God?  If so, then we share Mourdock’s problem of squaring this view with reality here on earth, no matter where we stand on the abortion debate.

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by Mimi Haddad

Over the past three weeks I have been challenging the idea that there is a “masculine feel” to Christianity based upon the nature of God, our language for God, and Scripture’s explanation of male-female relationships. Today we will tackle another factor contributing to the mistaken idea of a “masculine Christianity”—the perception that only males held positions of prominence and leadership in Scripture.

Some Christians point to the twelve male disciples as evidence that church leadership is limited to men only. At face value this may sound compelling. However, the twelve were not only male, they were also Jewish. In reality, it is much more important to consider the ethnicity of the twelve. Apart from this, their gender is insignificant. Why? Read More…