13 September, 2009

They Had Never Known a Man Like Jesus


"The many women who appear in the gospels had never known a man like Jesus—there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as ‘The women, God help us!’ or ‘The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could possibly guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything ‘funny’ about women’s nature.”


Dorothy Sayers

3 comments:

Paula said...

Funny how Jesus gets pushed aside in most debates on this topic, eh?

Paula said...

And once again, I forgot to check the "notify me" box. Oy.

Mara Reid said...

Absolutely one of my favorite quotes, ever.

I have it posted by my desk.

I keep the truth of it near my heart, always.