Herman Bavinck on Men and Women

Bavinck wrote against feminism in 1908. His work was only translated into English in 2012. He is saying the same things that CS Lewis, Chesterton, and many others from the Anglosphere wrote after him. Here we are 100 years later and feminism is still going stronger than ever. Why? If you can pit men against women and remove power from men in their own households, it’s a great tool of control, isn’t it? Think of the men who cower before the State when women take their kids and half their wealth in state-enforced divorce settlements. Unsurprisingly, men are reluctant to marry nowadays. Sex differences are themselves a law and the State legal system doesn’t like competition, so the State has every incentive to remove this competition.

Calvinists are supposed to understand this law. It’s embedded in our standards in numerous places. In fact, it’s a heinous sin to violate it. Consider WLC 150 and 151:

Question 150: Are all transgressions of the law of God equally heinous in themselves, and in the sight of God?
Answer: All transgressions of the law of God are not equally heinous; but some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.
Question 151: What are those aggravations that make some sins more heinous than others?
Answer: Sins receive their aggravations, From the persons offending: if they be of riper age, greater experience or grace, eminent for profession, gifts, place, office, guides to others, and whose example is likely to be followed by others. From the parties offended: if immediately against God, his attributes, and worship; against Christ, and his grace; the Holy Spirit, his witness, and workings; against superiors, men of eminency, and such as we stand especially related and engaged unto; against any of the saints, particularly weak brethren, the souls of them, or any other, and the common good of all or many. From the nature and quality of the offense: if it be against the express letter of the law, break many commandments, contain in it many sins: if not only conceived in the heart, but breaks forth in words and actions, scandalize others, and admit of no reparation: if against means, mercies, judgments, light of nature, conviction of conscience, public or private admonition, censures of the church, civil punishments; and our prayers, purposes, promises, vows, covenants, and engagements to God or men: if done deliberately, wilfully, presumptuously, impudently, boastingly, maliciously, frequently, obstinately, with delight, continuance, or relapsing after repentance. From circumstances of time and place: if on the Lord’s day, or other times of divine worship; or immediately before or after these, or other helps to prevent or remedy such miscarriages: if in public, or in the presence of others, who are thereby likely to be provoked or defiled.

It’s against the light of nature for women to go to war or work in male professions – those which require male attributes to perform competently. This includes most of engineering, law, law enforcement, and the trades which require male strength and ingenuity. In my experience, I see few women performing these jobs competently, or at least as well as a man could. Where is the condemnation of feminism from our clergy? Mostly absent. This is not a small problem. It aims at the very heart of God’s design in Genesis 1 and 2.

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