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Women it is sometimes said, should not teach or have authority in the church for the following reasons:
There is an eternal principle that was established in Eden - man was created first
Women are more vulnerable to being deceived - Eve believed the snake,
This order of things reflect God's character - they are well fitted punishments for disobedience.
Further, it is argued, there is no scriptural evidence to the contrary on these issues and Church practice and tradition have always followed this line.
The issue raises important questions about God's character and the way we read and interpret scripture – and this latter point rather depends on how we view the nature of scripture and how it is supposed to work.
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