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Critique of the article entitled ‘Images of Women in Early Buddhism and Christian Gnosticism’
Religion and Theology
Pages 6 (1506 words)
This paper will critique the claims by the author where she attributes both scriptures supporting the myth that the disgrace of humanity from God’s grace can be directly attributed to the actions of women who tasted the forbidden fruits of the earth.
The research question for the paper is clearly stated as: “Why should these negative attitudes towards women persist when we know that women actively supported and participated in the religious life of both Buddhist and Gnostic communities?”. This research question is very important given that it shows that the author has point to prove especially with regards to the way women are treated by their male counterparts in different religions especially the two mentioned above. Lang is also try to portray different views that are held by various scholars with regards to the way women are viewed in different religious sectors. In terms of coverage of the topic, it can be seen that the author used different scholarly studies though they are limited about what Gnostic and Bhuddist religions say about women. For instance, Pagels is one of the most cited scholarly article in this research. The credibility of the literature used becomes doubtful which can negatively impact on the article’s authenticity. On the other hand, it can be observed that the major problem the author tries to address is that women have been active participants in religious activities but they are labelled as evil and improper. The author suggests that women are sensual and responsible for seducing man. ...
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