A Psychological Analysis of Biblical Interpretations Pertaining to Women

Volume
Volume 4
Issue
Fall 1976
Title
A Psychological Analysis of Biblical Interpretations Pertaining to Women
Abstract

Karen Horney describes four protective mechanisms utilized by people to protect themselves from basic anxiety. These are affection, submissiveness, power and withdrawal. It is argued that the position of both men and women regarding the role of women is to great extent motivated by the assumption of one or more of these protective means. Each of these protective devices is equally a manifestation of sin and immaturity. Several statements representative of various theoretical positions about women are examined in light of this interpersonal theory. It is seen that opinions which would exclude women from leadership positions within the church are motivated by a need for power while the reciprocal position of submission results from an inordinate need for affection, a need met through the submissive stance. In sharp contrast, a revolutionary position indicated in Scripture according to other interpretations is one which requires reciprocal subordination and complementary functioning of men and women in all social institutions.

Author
C. Zabriskie
Pages
304 - 312
Price
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