The Husband is Head of the Wife?

Under what category shall we summarize the relation between husband and wife? Is it a divine or a legalistic headship right for the man over the woman, as it appears for the first instance after reading St Paul’s: “the husband is head of the wife” (Eph 5:23)?

What we really care for in this context is the Divine Word, therefore we will not go into the perplexity of differentiation between masculinity and femininity: This is all quicksand, and the decisions were never ratified in psychology. I am also afraid that, any discourse in this area is neither precise nor is backed with scientific methodology, but rather is solely based upon the personal experience of each one of us with the woman or based upon her personal experience with the man; an experience, which might be successful or failed and sympathetic or stressful. But the most what I fear, is that the people might embed these experiences within a discourse, which they might disguise under a scientific frame: like their saying that the woman is weaker. In what field is she weaker, since she lives between five to seven years more than the man? Is she less intelligent?  It was proven to all the researchers that the woman is no less talented than the man in studying any of the pedagogic materials including mathematics. The feminist movement likes to relate the women’s failure of excelling in certain domains, to the discrimination that have kept them away from those areas. But whatever the result of this psychological and historical discussion may lead to, I am bound – in this controversy – to what the apostle Paul had to say in his epistle to the Ephesians: that the husband is head of the wife. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Should he send his wife away for reasons of adultery?

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Words of the recently reposed Elder Joseph of the Vatopedion Monastery:

«….Now then, today I am forced to speak about this matter also; it is a somewhat daring endeavour, but necessity has caused me to bring up the subject, when every day I hear men say «my wife is like this….my wife is like that….all women are devils…».

So, I ask: «Excuse me dear fellow, but this woman you are referring to – weren’t you the one that married her?»

«Yes….»

«Well then, when you married her, didn’t you find every love, tenderness and happiness in her person?»

«Yes…» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »