Is the American church a baby church? Is the American church like the Laodicean church with the Lord Jesus on the outside? Does the American church even know what Christ's church really is? Does the American church really follow God's pattern of church meetings? Why is it that so many of God's people are leaving the traditional church to start home churches? These are some of the subjects we will talk about in this book, and the American church needs to talk about them. Many people believe that the American church needs an awakening to get out of its rut that it has been in for years. May God use this book to help His church get out of this rut and get excited at following Him.
This study of literature by clerics who were writing to, for, or aboutAnglo-Saxon women in the 8th and early 9th centuries suggests thatthe position of women had already declined sharply before the Conquest a claim at variance with the traditional scholarly view. Stephanie Hollis argues that Pope Gregory's letter to Augustine and Theodore's 'Penitential' implicitly convey the early church's view of women as subordinate to men, and maintains that much early church writing reflects conceptions of womanhood that had hardened into established commonplace by the later middle ages. To support her argument the author examines the indigenous position of women prior to the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, and considers reasons for the early church's concessions in respect of women. Emblematic of developments in the conversion period, the establishment and eventual suppression of abbess-ruled double monasteries forms a special focus of this study. STEPHANIE HOLLIS is Senior Lecturer in Early English, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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