Feminism, Family, and the Bible
For the first time in its history, Western civilization is confronted with the need to define the meaning of the terms “marriage” and “family.” What until now has been considered a “normal” family, made up of a father, a mother, and a number of children, has in recent years increasingly begun to be viewed as one among several options, which can no longer claim to be the only or even superior form of ordering human relationships.
The Judeo-Christian view of marriage and the family with its roots in the Hebrew Scriptures has to a significant extent been replaced with a set of values that prizes human rights, self-fulfillment, and pragmatic utility on an individual or societal level.
It can rightly be said that marriage and the family are institutions under siege in our world today and that, with marriage and the family, our very civilization is in crisis. This article examines the role of feminist ideology in contributing to this burgeoning crisis and argues that the only solution for our crisis is found in the Bible.