The “Feminized” Jesus


Kyle Cupp

Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer who blogs about culture, philosophy, politics, postmodernism, and religion. He is a inactive to the group Catholic blog Vox Nova. Kyle lives with his wife, son, and daughter in North Texas. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Back in the 90’s (sigh, how I miss them), I remember reading a theological discussion of how Christ’s torments on the cross itself gave him feminine insight into how women live.

    The spear, for example, gave insight into penetrative sex. The blood and water that flowed from his side gave insight into menstruation.

    I admit: I didn’t buy it.Report

  2. Avatar Jason Tank says:

    I’m now trying to picture a non-masculine Jesus throwing the money changers out of the temple.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Well, and he must’ve been fairly tough, if the accounts of the pre-crucifixion events are true. After the flogging and carrying the crossbar to the hill, I’d have probably been dead before the nails went in.Report

      • Avatar Squeelookle says:

        I choose to believe most of the moneychangers were fleeing because they weren’t used to seeing some enraged lunatic with a whip running around knocking tables over, and were waiting for the temple guards to show up and subdue him so they could get back to their business. Chances are all the moneychangers weren’t in very good shape themselves.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        From the Jewish perspective, Jesus behavior at the Temple with the moneychangers was a sign that he was a dangerous heretic.* The Tanakh explictily stated that the tithe to the Temple must be given in shekels, a specific type of coin. The Jewish Diaspora meant that many different types of coins were being brought by Jewish pilgrims during the Pesach festival in order to pay the tithe. The money lenders were there to change the coins into shekels for the purpose of the tithe.

        *Until the 20th century, the traditonal Jewish view of Jesus was to see him as a sort of cult leader.Report

      • Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

        The money lenders were there to change the coins into shekels for the purpose of the tithe.

        Sure, at a tidy profit. Which proves they were taking advantage of people! Which proves masculine Jesus was a communist!Report

  3. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Is this anything new?

    It seems like I hear stories about this every few years in the media about a pastor or some other figure who thinks hippie Jesus is bad and wants to recreate masculine Christianity. Usually this guy is associated with the evangelical/fundamentalist movement.Report

  4. Avatar Patrick says:

    Everything about this topic makes me want to punch somebody.Report

  5. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    This trend goes beyond Christianity. Most religions with a central figure; be it Jesus, the Prophet, Buddha, or Zoroaster make frequent references to the gentleness or kindness of their central figures. The problem is that gentleness isn’t highly valued in many societies, especially if your a man. A lot of people end up trying to square the circle by creating a masculinized version of their founder.Report

  6. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Boykin is also famous as the “My God has bigger balls than his does” guy.Report

  7. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    While he’s at it Boykin can redact out the stuff about being compassionate to the poor and welcoming sinners into the inner circles and seeing moral worth in the actions of traditional ethnic and cultural rivals. Just leave in the parts where Jesus KICKS ASS!

    The last step will be giving this God His original name back: “Herakles.” Nothing wrong with worshipping Herakles (and calling him “Jesus” too). It’s Boykin’s right as an American to do so if he wishes.Report

  8. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Jeez… who’s running the Church? Roger Goodel?Report

  9. Avatar Rodak says:

    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Wuss, and the Wuss was with God, and the Wuss was GodReport

  10. Avatar Squeelookle says:

    Jerry Boykin has men he likes to hang out with? I think the FRC may need to rethink who they’re hiring. He sounds closeted.Report

  11. Avatar dhex says:

    to be fair, most religious believers do this. liberal christians think god is fairly liberal, etc.

    however, also to be fair, boykin has the added advantage of being super hilarious.Report