If Women Had Written the Bible

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Over on the main Spectrum site, Pastor James Coffin writes: The other day, my wife, Leonie, tried on some clothing she’d just bought, inviting my appraisal. I said she looked "fine."

It wasn’t the right answer—especially since I’d continued glancing at the newspaper while replying.

"Good," "fine" and "OK" don’t cut it with Leonie at the best of clothes-modeling times. But when my head is in a newspaper, such terms seem to irritate her even more. Go figure. Anyway, she shared her feelings with me. The tone of her voice and the set of her jaw suggested that she believed what she was saying.

"Wait just a minute," I said in response to her suggestion that a more definitive word than fine might be in order—not to mention a lot less attention directed toward the newspaper. "Even God, when he’d finished creating each aspect of the world, just said it was ’good.’ He didn’t say it was ’fantastic,’ ’mind-boggling,’ or ’out-of-this-world’—which, you’ll have to admit, would have been an unusual expression to use right at that moment! He just said it was ’good.’"

"What would you expect him to say?" she shot back. "God is a man.Read it here and feel free to drop a comment below.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4213