The reinstatement of sharia law in Afghanistan has heightened the world’s awareness of Islam’s perception and treatment of women and girls. In recent decades Christianity has received similar criticisms that it was rooted in misogyny and has throughout history denied the full equality of women.
The key question on the subject, however, is whether the Good News of Jesus and the subsequent Christian movement elevated or suppressed the value and role of women? The Gospel narratives state that women were the last disciples at the cross and the first at the empty tomb, the first to see the risen Jesus, and the first to declare His resurrection. A woman was the first convert to Christianity in Europe. Prominent and high-born women were integral to the expansion of the Christian faith in the West. History is overflowing with the testimony that selfless ministry became the mark of Christian women.