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immoral, unbiblical, loveless and ridiculous
on 2 July 2011
In this book, Mrs. Elliot defines her concept of equality. Men and women are equal in having both been created in God's image, but men have been designed to rule, women to adapt and submit.
Personally, I believe there is a connection between Mrs. Elliot's view of women and slavery.
In chapter 32, there is a disturbing statement: "We watched how well polygamy worked in Auca tribe. Dabu was faithful to them [three wives] so far as anyone knew, and very generous in having taken them on, for all were widows with children of their own who would have had no one to hunt meat for them if Dabu had not been so bighearted". "Worked"? Sure, if you ask the Egyptians at the time of Moses, they would have told you that slavery "worked". But God had different plans. Polygamy (approved by other religions but not by Christ), can indeed work, but once again shows Mrs Elliot's low regard for the female gender.
I conclude my review saying that some chapters are simply ridiculous; in chapter 24 the author reveals that the "unruly creature called man", is "bigger and lauder and tougher and hungrier and dirtier than a woman expects". Is she talking about a man or Big Foot? She writes on page 84: "When he takes a shower his broader dimensions mean more water used and a greater surface for water to cling to and therefore she finds that the towels get much wetter and he probably doesn't hang them up folded in three as she wants him to in order to display the monogram. He may not hang up at all". Even though everybody knows, without the author's advice, that bigger people generally use more water, this statement is still silly and simply untrue.
In chapter 20 the author poses twenty silly questions designed to help women find the right man to marry. So, what makes a marriage work? Loving each other? Marry in the Lord? Not so simple. According to Mrs Elliot, your ideal man must "have approximately the same education you have", "like the kind of food you like to cook" and other irrelevant things like these.
We look in vain for these kind of statements in the pages of the Bible: they obviously originated from human traditions that unfortunately so many people still cling to.