Reply To: Is Christianity a Success?-Annie Besant (1885)

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Female voices are never heard in the Russian churches and their place is supplied by boys

1. “Sappho flourished b. c. 600, and a little later; and so highly did Plato value her intellectual, as well as her imaginative endowments, that he assigned her the honors of sage as well as poet; and familiarly entitled her the ‘tenth muse'”—Buckle,

2. “Wilkinson says among no ancient people had women such influence and liberty as among the ancient Egyptians.”—Buckle.

3. “The Americans have in the treatment of women fallen below, not only their own democratic principles, but the practice of some parts of the Old World.”—Harriet Martineau.

4. “Mr. F. Newman denies that Christianity has improved the position of women; and he observes that, ‘with Paul, the sole reason for marriage is, that a man may, without sin, vent his sensual desires. He teaches that, but for this object, it would be better not to marry;’ and he takes no notice of the social pleasures of marriage. Newman says: ‘In short, only in countries where Germanic sentiment has taken root do we see marks of any elevation of the female sex superior to that of Pagan antiquity.'”—Buckle.

5. “Female voices are never heard in the Russian churches; their place is supplied by boys; women do not yet stand high enough in the estimation of the churches…. to be permitted to sing the praises of God in the presence of men.”—Kohl.

6. “Christianity diminished the influence of women.”—Neander, “Hist, of the Church.”