|We "Know So Much As Ain't So"|
|Written by Sherry|
|Monday, 21 September 2009 21:47|
I think our readers will enjoy this. From the April, 1997 First Things (if like me you are not a subscriber, much less a very long term subscriber) comes this cheerfully enlightening essay, The Myth of Soulless Women by Michael Nolan. It begins:
"Josh Billings remarked profoundly that “the trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much as ain't so.” There are those who know John Chrysostom said that “the image of God is not found in Woman.” (Actually, he said that “the image of God is not found in Man or Woman.”) There are those who know that Thomas Aquinas said that a woman is a defective male. (Actually, he explicitly denies this no fewer than five times.) There are those who know that Aristotle said that a woman is a deficient male—a description based on an appalling mistranslation.
And there are those who know that an early council of bishops, held at Macon in Burgundy, France in a.d. 585 decreed that women do not have a soul. The bishops of course decreed no such thing, for if women do not have a soul how could they be baptized, how receive the Eucharist, how be venerated as martyrs in heaven? Yet it may be worthwhile to look at the story of this alleged decree, for one can see a myth in the making."