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Title:Christian morality and religious evaluation of women's political leadership in Nigerian Churches
Author:Ayantayo, J.K.ISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:37
Issue:1-2
Pages:115-128
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:gender discrimination
women
leadership
African Independent Churches
Abstract:Historically, leaders in Nigerian Churches have always been men. Women were (and are) denied access to Church leadership. This paper reflects on questions such as what is the basis of leadership and what does Christianity say about women's leadership. It appears that there is a paradox regarding what Christianity teaches about women's leadership on the one hand - that good leadership is not determined by sex but is based on responsibility - and what happens to women in practice in leadership matters on the other hand. The paper also argues that the practice of denying women political leadership on the ground of being women, contravenes laws of natural justice, liberty and freedom underlying the concept of equality, which is a very important aspect of democracy. Sexism should no longer be a barrier in the democratic choice of a leader. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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