The Women's Bible. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Women's History Month Day 21
ENCORE PRESENTATION. Women's History Month Day 21. Good Sunday Morning. Can I hear an AMEN for the GIRLS? WOMEN NEED Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 AND a Hate Speech Bill to protect WOMEN from Hate Speech at the Grammy Awards.
First Lady Eleanor 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"
Stanton was highly criticized by her peers that she would have the audacity to rewrite the Bible, yet President Thomas Jefferson who had done THE EXACT SAME THING in 1820 during Stanton's lifetime was praised for his efforts.
As this was one of the Current Events happening at the time she very likely was aware of this.
If a MAN could edit things out of the Bible, why shouldn't SHE write WOMEN into it?
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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