The Heretic’s Wife*

*Brenda Rickman Vantrease is the author of The Heretic’s Wife that takes place in 1524-1540.  Brenda is a Christian.  I have written her to let her know how important this book is.

I highly recommend this book because you can find similarities of what we are doing to bring about equality for Christian women, to those people who were trying to get English Bibles distributed in England.  They became known as Lutherans.  While Martin Luther had some awful things to say about women, he did bring about an opening of the scriptures to the common man.

The book jacket says “Selling books might seem a safe enough profession – but not as Gough’s Book and Print Shop in Tudor, England, where Kate and her brother, John, include forbidden translations of the Bible among their wares. Caught between warring factions – English Catholics determined to stop the Lutherans reformation and Henry VIII’s growing impatience with the pope’s refusal to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon – Kate and John soon learn the risks of carrying on the family tradition of spreading the word of God in a language that people can understand.” (Kate marries and her story continues on as the heretics wife.)

I want you to read a comment that I found on a website of some preachers called Baylyblog.  This kind of hatred that was spewed toward those of us who signed the Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood is chillingly close to the hatred spewed at those who sought to bring English-translated Bibles into England in the 1500s. 

The only thing stopping these people who spew out this venom is that we are now in the 21st Century and burning at the stake is frowned upon.  But their words are just as hateful.

This is the comment that somebody made on the above-mentioned blog about another comment  – You wrote, “They are not saying the old translations are flawed, but that the standard conservative interpretation is.” I am sorry, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Their agenda is what’s driving the neutered translation phenomenon in the first place. So, yes, they do believe the old translations are flawed. But they are not content to leave it there. One of the chief supporters of this “demand” and an author for “Christians” for Biblical Equality is currently at work on a brand new translation of the New Testament based upon “divine feminine” imagery. The whole thing has the stench of sulfur about it.”

Now, this letter doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  The article is about Demand for an Apology by the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (I am a co-founder), but it gets stupid.  It says that one of the chief supporters of this “demand” and an author for “Christians” for Biblical Equality is currently at work on a brand new translation……blah,blah,blah.

 There is nobody is our group who is doing that.  If Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is writing a new translation Bible, I have no knowledge of it, and they are not one of our chief supporters.  This letter is promoting falsehoods.

Look at their parting shot.

“The whole thing has a stench of sulfur about it.”  Now they want you to believe that we are coming from the depths of hell in league with the devil.

I encourage you to read The Heretics Wife and write Brenda an encouraging word about this book.

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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9 Responses to The Heretic’s Wife*

  1. Paula says:

    Frankly, I no longer care what’s going on in “Christendumb”. It’s filled with hate, hypocrisy, and downright stupidity. People cannot listen to reason or follow the simplest argument, so these things just keep going on and on like a merry-go-round from hell. The misogynists, the Pharisee control-freaks, the Dominionists… they can have it. I’m tired of entertaining the likes of CBWM, the SBC, etc. with endless and fruitless debate.

    I’m shaking the dust from my feet of it all and just following Jesus in my life, studying scripture without taking any big-name commentator’s word for anything but going to the original languages, with help of course from linguists who, as far as I can tell, aren’t letting personal bias rule over sound and professional scholarship. I’m going to concentrate on the proactive: build a new house instead of trying to exterminate the pests that have overrun the old.


    • When I wrote to the Director of Missions for this Baptist association a couple of weeks ago, I told him that women were leaving the churches. He had given some statistics about the church being made up of 60% women. I told him that it appeared that they wanted the women for their tithe, their time, and their kids. Of course I didn’t hear back from him.

      It has occured to me that women are creating a kind of church fellowship via the internet. We have ongoing Bible studies, and preaching.


      • Paula says:

        Yes we are. And many are being helped in one way or another, without committees or boards of directors or bylaws. (Reminds me of a scene from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)

        I think the biggest problem is in showing people that “the church” as tradition has had it is nothing like Jesus or the apostles taught or demonstrated. All that “temples and rituals” stuff was the shadow, and the reality is our daily, personal relationship with Jesus. This is why instead of pushing for women preachers, I push for no men preachers. (“preachers” meaning a kind of religious CEO)

        We band together not out of habit or guilt but at the Spirit’s prompting, which is as it should always have been. We are demonstrating the real Body of Christ in these blogs, and of course the Churchians don’t like it; they are trapped in brick and mortar prisons.

        As an aside, I don’t know who is working on a “divine feminine” translation, but I’m working on an interlinear study tool that is as honest and accurate as I’m capable of:

        I’m thinking of calling it The Jezebel Version. 😉


  2. Lydia says:

    “I want you to read a comment that I found on a website of some preachers called Baylyblog.”

    Oh Shirley! The Baylys used to be real involved with CBMW but left because it was TOO LIBERAL!

    They are a joke and few take them seriously. Their churches are quite small. They have a bit of influence on the internet with the Papa Pilgrim types in Patriarchy.

    If you comment there in disagreement they used to demand the name of your pastor and his phone number in order to get you disciplined! They were serious!!


  3. Shirley, the Baylyboys were talking about me. I support the Demand for an Apology, and I’ve written a few pieces for CBE publications and blog, but I don’t work there and I’m not a regular contributor. In fact, I withdrew my name earlier from CBE as an author because there are now a couple of points on their statement of faith, I can no longer agree with. It was the only honest thing to do.

    I am part of The Christian Godde Project, and we are working on translating the New Testament using divine feminine language for Godde, but CBE has nothing to do with it, other than a couple of us are members of CBE. You can find links to the project googling for either CGP or the DFV. I wanted to leave it up to you whether or not you wanted links to the site on your blog.



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