No Will of My Own
How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity and Personhood
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In 1912, Jesse Penn-Lewis noted from Genesis 3 that it was the serpent, not
the woman, who was cursed: "The serpent is cursed, but, in effect, the beguiled
victim [Eve] is blest, for through her will come the 'Seed' which will triumph
over the devil and his seed; and through her will arise a new race through the
promised Seed (Gen. 3:15)...Henceforth it is also war by Satan upon the
womanhood of the world, in malignant revenge for the verdict of the garden" (War
On the Saints).
Church history reveals that Roman Catholicism and Protestantism taught and
practiced forms of patriarchy that essentially sided with the evil one's disdain
for females. Women were not allowed to function or speak in the church, were
viewed as existing to serve males, and were seen as conduits of sin and error.
John Calvin, for example, rashly affirmed, "Therefore all women are born to
submit to the pre-eminence of the male sex...Let the woman be content in
her position of subjection, and not feel indignant because she has to play
second fiddle to the superior sex."
In No Will of My Own, author Jon Zens compares the patriarchy taught to
families by the Roman Catholic and Dutch Reformed churches in Holland with an
aggressive patriarchal wing of the home-schooling movement in America. He shows
that the earmarks of patriarchy doctrine result in varying levels of abuse of
young girls and wives. This book serves as a vital warning concerning the misuse
of Scripture and church tradition to smother female worth and dignity.
"In almost every religion around the world, the hearts, souls, and bodies of
women are sacrificed on the altar of fundamentalism. In No Will of My Own, Jon Zens takes a sobering look at abuse within patriarchal Christianity. An
important book." —Hillary
McFarland, author of Quivering Daughters: Hope and Healing for the Daughters of
Paperback, 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches, 82 pages
Jon Zens (MDiv, Westminster Theological;
DMin, California Graduate School of Theology) is the editor of Searching
Together magazine and author of A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile: What
Makes American Christianity Tick? and What's With Paul and Women?. He
and his wife, Dotty, travel extensively sharing their insights about living in
Christ under the New Covenant and alternative church life. Recently they have
been working with ministries that help women out of the sex trade.
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