Women in the Letters of Boniface: By Sam Dubbelman

St. Bonifice (c. 675-754 CE) is remembered today as a missionary and a martyr. He is remembered (along with St. Martin of Tours) for cutting down "pagan" holy trees to prove the superiority of the Christian God. But,  The letters of Boniface also give us a unique view into the various roles women played in English … Continue reading Women in the Letters of Boniface: By Sam Dubbelman

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]