A Woman's Role In The Second Great Awakening

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The question of a woman’s role in society is one that has grown increasingly prominent in the modern world. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when this question began to arise – one could say during the second Great Awakening, when women became increasingly more involved in religion, or at the women’s rights convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York (Bailey, 208). For several centuries as a result of ignorance and misunderstanding, women were seen as inferior to men. They were expected to marry, obey their husbands without hesitation, and to live a quiet life in the confines of their home, rearing children and supporting their husbands. However, during the nineteenth century, the movement for women’s rights began to spread across…show more content…
Consequently, women do not have an equal value to men, who, on account of their apparent superiority, should rule over them. If feminism is about the promotion of a woman’s equality and worth, then feminism cannot be good for women because it encourages them to reject what God has told them to do, that is, to accept their inferiority and live in submission to their…show more content…
More indirectly, it concerns the parts of social life where women are discriminated against or disadvantaged for simply being a woman. These situations are unjust because discrimination of human persons undermines their dignity and comes out of sin. Additionally, whenever a man is responsible for offending a woman’s personal dignity he acts contrary to his own personal dignity because by failing to acknowledge the dignity of another human being, he also fails to acknowledge their creation in the image and likeness of God. Each human person derives their dignity from their creation in God’s likeness and image. Injurious and unjust situations are evidently wrong because they undermine this dignity. The Bible confirms the existence of these situations and emphasizes the need to overcome sin and evil by fully recognizing the dignity in each human person. Therefore, Genesis 3:16 addresses the problem of discrimination that comes as a result of original sin and in fact serves to highlight the injustice and wrongness of undermining a person’ dignity. Moreover, this passage helps to provide further evidence that feminism is good for women because it advocates women’s
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