Susanna Krizo is a Christian feminist philosopher who seeks to discover the ancient ways of wisdom to better understand the complexities of modern life in order to create a more just society, a more authentic Christian life, and a world in which we are all equal.
Born in Sweden, raised in Finland, a traveler of the world, and currently a resident of the United States of America, I believe that a better, more harmonious future can be created when we understand the past and how the past has, and does, shape us. Ancient belief are with us not only in buildings and books, but also in words and thoughts. A large part of our thinking has been handed down to us by the ancients, and our daily lives are much more of a repetition of the lives of those who lived centuries ago than we care to admit. It is not necessarily something we should attempt to escape as tradition can be a vehicle of truth, but it can also carry distortions and falsehoods in its comforting and never-changing forms, wherefore tradition can also become a form of oppression.
Nowhere do we see the oppressing form of tradition as clearly as we do in the church and the ongoing attempt to deny women their rightful place as daughters of the Almighty. Tradition is the wall that separates men and women, and although it has begun to erode, it still has more bricks in it than the Berlin Wall. Yet, when we take history seriously, especially ecclesiastical history, we find the devastating effects of patriarchy on theology.
Patriarchy is as far from benign, as it is from being biblical. Nowhere does the Bible advocate for a model in which men are allowed to elevate themselves above women in the name of "godly leadership." Either all humans are equal, or human equality doesn't exist; if human equality doesn't exist, we are not created in the image of God; if we are not created in the image of God, we can forget about Genesis and seek the truth elsewhere. It is my hope that we can all join hands in this historic moment and bring equality back to where it should always have been found, the church.
Peace and Grace,
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