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Die beoordeling van die strewe na 'n androgiene mens in die lig van die Skrif

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dc.contributor.author Pretorius AE en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:46Z
dc.date.created 1995 en
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10345
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate the postulation by some advocates of feminist theology of an androgynous state (as an ethical solution to what they regard as domination of women by men), and to assess this in the light of Scripture. An historical overview has indicated that tile concept of androgyny originated with Plato long before Christ. With variations down the ages this idea was conspicuous in the Christian church and theology. Up to and including the middle of the twentieth century it had, however, purely a theological interpretation. The gist was: Adam was born as an androgynous human being and was divided into man and woman because of the Fall. Gender/sexuality is therefore sin. Human beings consequently strive after an androgynous state. This can only be accomplished through Christ, regarded as androgynous. The turning point, however, came with Simon� de Beauvoir who seized on the idea of an androgynous state as a solution to the problem which feminists and subsequent feminist theologians had found with the alleged oppression of women by men. The idea of androgyny by that state had gained a humanist element. Since human beings cannot change their physical make-up, androgyny must occur on the psychic level. Psychology has found that the wholesale abolishment of gender/sexuality leads to deviations like homosexuality. Exegesis of relevant Scripture passages clearly show that God created human beings in his image as men and women. They are equally valuable in God's eyes, but different as far as gender and role are concerned. Each has his/her own specific task and function, which does not cancel out that of the other. Although each gender also possesses qualities of the opposite gender, the one ought not to try to supersede the other. This research concludes that the concept of an androgynous human being, in whom gender is abolished, is definitely in conflict with the will of God. Moreover, women do not have to give up their femaleness to be free, because this very quality has been given to them by God. In Christ male and female are equal before God (Gal 3:28). en
dc.language Afrikaans en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Biblical studies en
dc.title Die beoordeling van die strewe na 'n androgiene mens in die lig van die Skrif en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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