The Complexity of the Magdalene: A Film Review of ‘Mary Magdalene’ by Elizabeth Schrader

When I told my mom that I was about to watch the new Mary Magdalene movie, the first question she asked was, “who’s playing Mary Magdalene?” I answered that Rooney Mara was playing the title role, and she gave her stamp of approval: “Well, they might as well get someone pretty!” Classic comment from Mom … Continue reading The Complexity of the Magdalene: A Film Review of ‘Mary Magdalene’ by Elizabeth Schrader

Mary Magdalene: Prostitute or Apostle

  The four canonical gospels identify Mary Magdalene as the first witness to the resurrection. And yet, later Christian tradition comes to primarily identify this Mary as a reformed prostitute. In the Medieval church there were even women religious orders named after Mary Magdalene that consisted of former prostitutes turned nuns. How did Mary the … Continue reading Mary Magdalene: Prostitute or Apostle

The He/She debate of Gen. 3:15 [Guest Post, by Sam Dubbelman]

Do women have an equal and at times leading role in the way Christians tell the story of redemption? Or, are women subordinated to an inferior and at times even antagonistic role in the way Christians relay the story of God's conquest of evil? Martin Luther spoke of Genesis 3:15 as the first gospel. In … Continue reading The He/She debate of Gen. 3:15 [Guest Post, by Sam Dubbelman]