The Religion of Woman: An Historical Study

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Watts, 1908 - Women - 199 pages

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Page 51 - The social subordination of women thus stands out an isolated fact in modern social institutions; a solitary breach of what has become their fundamental law; a single relic of an old world of thought and practice exploded in everything else...
Page 22 - But the Chapter of law relating to married women was for the most part read by the light, not of Roman, but of Canon Law, which in no one particular departs so widely from the spirit of the secular jurisprudence as in the view it takes of the relations created by marriage.
Page 73 - ... the sands of the Indus and adamant of Golconda43 may yet stiffen the housings of the charger, and flash from the turban of the slave, she, as a Christian mother, may at last attain to the virtues and the treasures of a Heathen one, and be able to lead forth her Sons...
Page 22 - This was in part inevitable, since no society which preserves any tincture of Christian institution is likely to restore to married women the personal liberty conferred on them by the middle Roman law...
Page 26 - FROM the inauguration of the movement for woman's emancipation the Bible has been used to hold her in the "divinely ordained sphere," prescribed in the Old and New Testaments. The canon and civil law ; church and state ; priests and legislators ; all political parties and religious denominations have alike taught that woman was made after man, of man, and for man, an inferior being, subject to man.
Page 26 - ... anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man's bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire on the vital questions of the hour, she was commanded to ask her husband at home. Here is the Bible position of woman briefly summed up. Those who have the divine insight to translate, transpose and transfigure this mournful object of pity into an exalted, dignified personage...
Page 81 - Unto his self-commanded laud ; A God for ever jealous grown Of carven wood and graven stone ; A God whose ghost, in arch and aisle, Yet haunts his temple — and his tomb ; But follows in a little while Odin and Zeus to equal doom ; A God of kindred seed and line ; Man's giant shadow, hailed divine.
Page 17 - If unmarried, she was obliged to place it in the hands of a trustee, to whose will she was subject. If she contemplated marriage, and desired to call her property her own, she was forced by law to make a contract with her intended husband, by which he gave up all title or claim to it.
Page 41 - The writers of the middle ages are full of accounts of nunneries that were like brothels, of the vast multitude of infanticides within their walls, and of that inveterate prevalence of incest among the clergy, which rendered it necessary again and again to issue the most stringent enactments that priests should not be permitted to live with their mothers or sisters.
Page 70 - ... love of nature as the embellisher of that existence ; such sincere delight in beautiful artistic things ; such frank enjoyment of the enjoyable ; such tenderness to little children ; such reverence for parents and old persons ; such wide-spread refinement of...

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