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


Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous 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.