The Women's Bible. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
First Lady Elanor Roosevelt once said "Great Minds discuss Ideas. Average Minds discuss Events. Small Minds discuss People."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a Great Mind.
Her Philosophical thought process on Religion in Public Life led her to write "The Woman's Bible."
It was a Great Idea that was well before it's time.
She recognized that Sexism & Misogyny had it's roots in the spiritual teaching of Christianity & other World Religions & was once quoted as saying:
"Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton"
I've been thinking along these lines for a very long time & have written extensively on my thoughts of why Separation of Church & State in the US is an Idea who's time has come, devoting an entire page on my Web Page to this subject.
The Woman's Bible is a two-part book, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of 26 women, and published in 1895 and 1898 to challenge the traditional position of religious orthodoxy that woman should be subservient to man . By producing the book, Stanton wished to promote a radical liberating theology , one that stressed self-development.  The book attracted a great deal of controversy and antagonism at its introduction.  Many women's rights activists who worked with Stanton were opposed to the publication of The Woman's Bible ; they felt it would harm the drive for women's suffrage . Although it was never accepted by Bible scholars as a major work, it became a popular best-seller, much to the dismay of suffragists who worked alongside Stanton within the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).  Susan B. Anthony tried to calm the younger suffragists, but they issued a formal denunciation of the book, and worked to distance the suffrage movement from Stanton's broader scope which included attacks on traditional religion.  Because of the widespread negative reaction, including suffragists who had been close to her, publication of the book effectively ended Stanton's influence in the suffrage movement.  While some have speculated that the broadside was written by a member of the clergy, it nevertheless reflected the opinions of many Americans, particularly conservative males, at the very moment in our nation’s history when the suffrage debate was at its apogee. The unnamed creator’s approach was surprisingly simple: quote a host of “damning” passages from The Woman’s Bible – the type of passages likely to strike fear into the hearts of those clinging tenaciously to the old ways – and ask the obvious question, “Are you willing for women who hold these views to become political powers in our country?” Happily, America’s answer was “yes”!
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Clearly there are more Web Addresses/Organizations running Ads for the person I believe is the "Charismatic Great Deceiver - also known as the Anti-Christ.
Today I will be off Social Media while I try to Block any & all Trump-related Advertising on my page.
Living abroad during my College years, being completely immersed in other Cultures, in other Religions & other Philosophies of Life, I've always been very Open-Minded & receptive to seeing things from a different or new perspective.
Finding "The Women's Bible, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton was such a God send.
Click the Image for the entire book, which will open in a new Window.
From the Library of Congress:
Although most often identified as a suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) participated in a variety of reform initiatives during her lifetime. Setting her sights on women's emancipation and equality in all arenas--political, economic, religious, and social--Stanton viewed suffrage as an important but not paramount goal. Since childhood, Stanton had rebelled against the role assigned to women and chafed at being denied a university education because of her sex. As a young woman, she became involved in the temperance and antislavery movements, through which she met Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-1887), an abolitionist reformer and journalist, whom she married in May 1840. While honeymooning in England, Elizabeth became outraged when she and other women were barred from a major antislavery convention. She discussed her feelings with Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), a Quaker minister from Pennsylvania and one of the American delegates to the meeting, and together they resolved to hold a women's rights convention to discuss women's secondary status when they returned to the United States.
The roots of Misogyny run deep, beginning in the Bible.
I've been pondering questions of Theology pretty much my entire life, but things really ramped up after seeing the Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibit of "The Dead Sea Scrolls" when it was in town back in 2005.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is PROOF of CENSORSHIP of the Bible.
What people need to understand is that the "Word of God" is an Anthology of Short Stories from people who lived in the time of Jesus Christ.
According to Scripture, Mary Magdalene was the one who first discovered the Holy Ghost when she found the empty tomb of Jesus & ran to tell the good news that Christ was Risen.
Where is her first hand account ?