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Egalitarianism

"This tradition [Sayings Gospel Q] makes meaning only when people hear and contemplate it for themselves. It does not state the Truth. It provokes you to seek for truth. In that seeking, everyone is on equal footing."    - Patterson, Stephen J. ; The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins


"Their efforts ignited conflicts. Those with vested interests in social and economic arrangements that privileged white men over others objected to changes that would make their wives and slaves their equals."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 378


"The English expected the Natives to give up their egalitarian gender roles. Women were no longer to cultivate the “sacred sisters” in the fields—beans, corn, and squash. Men were to stop hunting and grow flax for the women to weave into clothes that could be sold to the English."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 354


"Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan notes the significance of this practice: “It is in food and drink offered equally to everyone that the presence of God and Jesus is found. But food and drink are the material bases of life, so the Lord’s Supper is political criticism and economic challenge as well as sacred rite and liturgical worship."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 31


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