Beth Moore is a pastor, an author and a theologian, and she recently penned an essay titled, A Letter To My Brothers, in which she condemned Christian misogyny. She cited sexism she’s personally experienced in the church. A male theologian responded in his own article by telling her to “be silent,” and “be gone.”
In her essay, Moore called for Christian men to hold each other accountable for the ways they treat women, “I’m asking that you would simply have no tolerance for misogyny and dismissiveness toward women in your spheres of influence. I’m asking for your deliberate and clearly conveyed influence toward the imitation of Christ in His attitude and actions toward women.”
She wrote: “As a woman leader in the conservative Evangelical world, I learned early to show constant pronounced deference — not just proper respect which I was glad to show — to male leaders and when placed in situations to serve alongside them, to do so apologetically.”
Moore described the ways in which she showed deference; and they included ignoring men who made fun of her to her face during meetings, being ignored by male speakers at various conferences, and wearing flat shoes so she didn’t appear taller than any of the men.
Male theologian Seth Dunn responded to her essay with a character assassination, and he demanded her silence. Dunn wrote: “Be silent. You are not a good Bible teacher. You preach and write about yourself all the time as if you were a character in the Biblical story. You’re not. You are a character in the farcical and cruel story of the evangelical industrial complex. I read Believing God recently; it was one of the worst Christian books that I have ever read. It pains me to know that so many women erroneously think that you are a good source for biblical teaching. You are not. Let me be clear, you aren’t a terrible Bible teacher because you are a woman, you are a terrible Bible teacher because you are not good at teaching the Bible. That you are a woman is irrelevant.”
He justified misogynistic behavior by suggesting she might have been ignored by male colleagues at conferences because they found her to be too alluring.
“Also, to be forthright, you are a good-looking woman. Did it ever cross your mind that the Christian ministers who didn’t talk to you at conferences didn’t want to jeopardize their career by being thought to flirt with you?”
Dunn’s response is a stunning example of gaslighting and misogyny — and of course, he feels completely justified.
He ended his dismissive, sexist diatribe with, “Be gone.”