Religion: Women at the Altar

As in all congregations of God's people, women should not address the meeting. They have no license to speak, but should keep their place as the Law directs. If there is something they want to know, they can ask their husbands at home. It is a shocking thing that a woman should address the congregation.

—St. Paul, First Letter to the Corinthians

IN his admonition to the Corinthian women, St. Paul was merely applying Jewish practice to new Christian congregations. But in the 19 centuries since, many Christian churches have followed the Pauline exhortation as...

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