Monday, October 4, 2010

Maybe Someone Should Tell Christians that the Church Fathers Also Encouraged the Wearing of the Jilbab (جلباب = a Cloak to Cover a Woman From Head to Toe) ...

We live in an age where Islam is taken to be the 'great enemy' of all things Christian. I certainly can understand the secular humanists and the feminists who complain when they see a woman dressed in the hijab - but Christians? They really should get better acquainted with the Patristic writings before they continue to attack the seemingly 'strange' habits of Muslims. A case in point from Clement of Alexandria:

Woman and man are to go to church decently attired, with natural step, embracing silence, possessing unfeigned love, pure in body, pure in heart, fit to pray to God. Let the woman observe this, further. Let her be entirely covered, unless she happen to be at home. For that style of dress is grave, and protects from being gazed at. And she will never fall, who puts before her eyes modesty, and her shawl; nor will she invite another to fall into sin by uncovering her face. For this is the wish of the Word, since it is becoming for her to pray veiled. [Paedagogue 3.11]

Remember I am not supporting any one side in this debate. I am merely pointing out that the Church Fathers wouldn't know what to make of Polish born supermodel (and professed Catholic) Joanna Krupta (left).

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