Scriptural Evidence that St. Paul Believed in Female Equality

This post compiles some passages by St. Paul that can be used to support female equality. I wanted to make this compilation because I have heard some people argue that St. Paul was demeaning toward women, and I think that's not true.
  • Galatians 3:28 explicitly affirms equality: "There is neither male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus."
  • Ephesians 5:28, 33 says, "Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. ... [L]et each one of you love his wife as himself."
  • 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 says, "[In] the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God."
  • 1 Corinthians 7:4 says, "[T]he wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does."
These are explicit declarations of equality. The inequality of females beneath males is gone; husbands must love their wives as themselves, that is, as equals; neither man nor woman is independent of the other, and they have the same authority over one another's bodies.

St. Paul understood that Jesus proclaimed the equality of the sexes before God and he taught it to the churches. But he also taught that women are not to be allowed into the ordained ministry (1 Timothy 2:11-12) and that women are to be submissive to their husbands whenever they don't demand something evil. Those things don't diminish the dignity of women, but enhance it, because they show that women are not to be made in the image of men, but, they reflect the glory of God in their own way and with their own, equal dignity.

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