The Patriarchal Bargain

From the March 2005 Print Edition

Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands by W. Bradford Wilcox University of Chicago Press, 328 pp. $20 paper In the imaginations of feminists and their admirers in the media and intelligentsia, there lurks a kind of bogeyman”the conservative Christian . . . . Continue Reading »

Medieval Children

From the June/July 2002 Print Edition

Nicholas Orme, a professor of history at Exeter University in Great Britain, has published more than a dozen books about ordinary life in the Middle Ages. His latest one, Medieval Children , is a delightfully encyclopedic survey of everything imaginable concerning young people from birth to . . . . Continue Reading »

Pontius Pilate

From the August/September 2000 Print Edition

Next to Julius Caesar, Pontius Pilate”the governor of Judea who sent Jesus to the cross”is probably the best-known Roman citizen who ever lived. His name is etched into the Christian creeds, prompting some fallen-away Christians to quip that “crucified under Pontius Pilate” is . . . . Continue Reading »

The Holy Feminine

From the December 1999 Print Edition

What to do about the female saints? Arriving at an acceptable consensus regarding the holy women of Christianity has been a persistent problem for feminist theologians. The first wave of the women’s movement tended to take a disparaging stance toward the nuns, lay spinsters, wives, mothers, . . . . Continue Reading »

Blessed Be

From the February 1999 Print Edition

Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality by Philip G. Davis Spence, 418 pages, $29.95 It is a dogma of feminist mythology that before there was God, there was Goddess. A very long time ago (so goes the story), when war, agriculture, and patriarchy were just glints in male . . . . Continue Reading »