Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Women doing theology and apologetics? What?
I say this because i've always wondered why it is that women are rarely interested in theology and apologetics. When I ask this question to others, I seem to get responses such as, "well, women just aren't academically inclined like men are." What? I find this hard to swallow. I'm not sure what the statistics are, but I would imagine the number of women college students in the U.S. is pretty high.
At any rate, Chris Date was brave enough to ask Mary Jo Sharp the tough questions as it relates to why women aren't normally inclined to thinking biblically on an intellectual level. To be more specific (just in case any female readers are outraged by such a statement), you don't see too many women digging into systematic theology textbooks and the like. Its not that they can't; they just don't.
Mary Jo Sharp is quite the exception. Not only has she studied apologetics, but she teaches and debates as well. Of course, no one is saying that all women should be like this (just as not all men should be like this). But she is saying that all men and women are called to study the word and be prepared to "make a defense." (1 Peter 3:15)
Most likely, if you are a man or woman reading this, you are already interested in theology and apologetics to some extent. Otherwise, I couldn't imagine why you'd be reading my blog! Anyway, I hope you all will spread the word about Mary Jo Sharp and what she is doing to get women involved in theology and apologetics. I think the fact that Mary is a women will help other women to relate, as she explains in the interview. So if you are a women and are hesitant to get involved in theology and apologetics, or simply don't know where to start; here's a perfect opportunity!
To listen to the interview between Chris Date and Mary Jo Sharp, go HERE
To check out Mary Jo Sharp's website (where she has her own podcast), go HERE
To check out Mary Jo Sharp's podcast, go HERE