Looking Forward; A Treatise On The Status Of Woman And The Origin And Growth Of The Family And The…

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byPhilip Rappaport

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II. The Status Of Woman. The orthodox Hebrews have an ancient prayer in which men thank God for not having created them women, and the women thank him for having them created according to his pleasure. This prayer is significant of the status of woman since the beginning of civilization, up to a comparatively short time ago. There was, perhaps, no time in the history of the human race, in which the condition of women was more inferior, more degraded than in the beginning of the Christian era. According to the doctrines of the fathers of the Church, the woman was an unclean creature, the temptress who brought sin into this world, from whom it was considered good and holy to keep away. Did they not find proof of it in the holy scriptures? Was not man first tempted by woman? Did not God himself command that man shall be the lord of woman? If there are any books in existence, the authors of which held women more in contempt than the authors of the biblical scriptures and the writings of the fathers of the Church, I do not know of them. I may say without fear of contradiction, that most of what is said about women in these ancient books is revolting to our sense of justice, decency and morality. I shall not indulge much in quoting, because it is all too indelicate, and leave it to the reader to inform himself. If nature and social conditions had not been stronger forces than the zelotism of the fathers of the Church, such a thing as the family would not exist to-day among Christian nations. "Marriage," said Hieronymus, "is always vicious, wheretore nothing can be done but to excuse it and to sanctify it." According to the views of those men, nothing could please God more than celibacy and sexual abstinence, which according to our modern view would be a gross...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II. The Status Of Woman. The orthodox Hebrews have an ancient prayer in which men thank God for not having created them wome...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217860907

ISBN - 13:9780217860901

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