Tertullian has been called the “Father of Western Theology. As Tom Paine wrote:
“Revelation when applied to religion, means something communicated. … It is revelation to the first person. only, and hearsay to every other, and, consequently, they are not obliged. to believe it.”
So to all women who live in Stepford Wife fashion – I say please disregard this piece of gutter theology.
“In pain shall you bring forth children, woman, and you shall turn to your husband and he shall rule over you. And do you not know that you are Eve? God’s sentence hangs still over all your sex and His punishment weighs down upon you. You are the devil’s gateway; you are she who first violated the forbidden tree and broke the law of God. It was you who coaxed your way around him whom the devil had not the force to attack. With what ease you shattered that image of God: Man! Because of the death you merited, even the Son of God had to die… Woman, you are the gate to hell.”
Tertullian, “the father of Latin Christianity” (c160-225): De Cultu Feminarum (On the Apparel of Women), Chapter 1