By Elaine Morgan

A pioneering paintings, the 1st to argue for the equivalent position of ladies in human evolution. On its first book in 1972 it grew to become a rallying-point for feminism and altered the terminology of anthropologists without end. It continues to be a key textual content in feminist background, in addition to an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape speculation, that's gaining extra educational help every year. beginning together with her demolition of the Biblical delusion that lady used to be an afterthought to the construction of guy, Elaine Morgan rewrites human historical past and evolution.

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God ordains our sufferings that we may love what we most desire . . ”38 The difference in tone between that earliest Genesis interpretation and this one from John of the Cross is striking and instructive. For John of the Cross, the seeming threat of divine punishment is dissolved in love; moreover, he can pronounce this message of hope to a woman directee precisely through his insistence that any suffering herewith is merely for her ultimate flourishing through the redirection and purification of desire in God.

Our perception of the exile of Christianity depends upon a confusion about disestablishment but also about sex. If anything was supposed to prove our freedom from dead churches and their ridiculous theologies, it was our orgasmic enlightenment, our sexual revolution. Triumph over Christendom has been a tenet in sexual politics—and, not least, in strategies of American queer activism from the late 1960s on. ” Yet we Americans now see—if we ever could ignore—that sexual “liberation” did not silence the discourses of a oncedominant Christianity or quell its political outbreaks.

451 (see n. 23): “By the merit of Isaac who offered himself upon the altar, the Holy One (blessed be He) will in the future resurrect the dead, as it is written: ‘[For he looks down from His holy height; the Lord beholds the earth from heaven] to hear the groans of the prisoner, [to release those condemned to death]’ [Ps. ” 35. See R. W. L. Moberly, “The Earliest Commentary on the Akedah,” Vetus Testamentum 38 (1988): 302–23, which analyzes this interpolation as a first attempt to make Abraham’s obedience foundational to Israel and somewhat parallel to Moses’s significance.

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