"Translated from the French 'Homme et femme, similitude et alterit?' by Margaret House." -- verso of t.-p.
"It is with great pleasure that the Department on Cooperation of Men and Women in Church, Family and Society of the World Council of Churches presents this study. The social evolution within which we live affects the whole field of human relations, not least the relations between men and women.
Madame Francine Dumas' study explores briefly the classical Christian attitudes and literary myths which have defined the relationship of men and women through the centuries and calls for a new study of Old and New Testament texts. The biblical sexual anthropology which emerges from this study takes into account both the similarities between men and women, which stabilize family and society, and the differences between them, which create the tensions necessary for the daily creation of whole individuals. When similarity and difference between the sexes are seen as integral parts of the Christian view of this relationships, the feminist cry for equality, the traditionalist interpretations, or misinterpretations of St. Paul, the similarity-negating attitudes of the 'blousons noirs', and the difference-denying mores of the 'beatnik' will be seen for the new myths they are, enslaving both men and women as effectively as did the classical ones of the past". -- Foreword, p. 5.
Contents: Preface dated July 1966 / Madeline Barot -- I: Psychological, Sociological and Cultural Insights -- II: Theological Insights -- Practical Questions.
Homme et femme, similitude et alterite
World Council of Churches. Dept. on the Cooperation of Men and Women in Church, Family and Society