The Galli Report

The Galli Report

The purpose of the Galli Report is simple. Each week I scour the Internet and find articles and videos that, IMHO, are interesting (they can’t just be “important”), not overly long (!), and give insight into the currents that run through and around our culture. To what end? That we might better love God and neighbor in our day.

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18 Responses to The Galli Report

  1. Robin Capcara says:

    In today’s Galli Report you write, “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a … Woman?” Riffing on the song from My Fair Lady, …“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It is a question that seems to drive some feminist discussions. Put differently, it reads: Anything a man can do, woman can do. This is mostly true, of course, but not completely true. But even if it were, I’ve never understood why any woman would let male aspirations guide her life choices. I happen to think men have made some very sad choices in deciding what counts as a meaningful life.” I actually don’t know a lot of women who have “let male aspirations guide her life choices. ” Most of us who describe ourselves as Christian feminists don’t want to copy “male aspirations.” We want the choices and opportunities that so often characterize our brothers’ lives. The women who chose to stay home with their kids in the article that you cite enjoyed it and found it meaningful it–so much so that they kept on doing it longer than they originally planned. The key thing there, I believe, is the choice to do so. When one has no other choice but to stay home, often great distress follows. Is staying home what it means to be “more like a woman”? I would argue that sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. Women are created in the image of God- just as men are-with a variety of gifts, abilities and aspirations, some of which are best deployed at home and some in the marketplace.Could it ever be “like a man” to stay home and nurture children? Could that be a way for men to change some of the “sad choices” which have guided male lives? Your assumptions about womanhood and manhood are unhelpful at best and insulting at worst.

    • markgalli says:

      Robin, thanks for the comment. I don’t actually disagree with a great deal of your comment. I did say “some” feminists, and that “some” doesn’t appear to include you. And yes, I would say that many men have indeed made a sad choice of thinking a corporate career that takes them away from the family for years.

      I would also add this: the very way we talk about “choice,” “gifts,” “abilities,” and “aspirations” have been shaped by a male-dominated culture to apply mostly to rising the corporate or political ladder. Notice when men talk about their aspirations, how little of it is about “service,” or even sacrificial service to the least of these. And often when it is used, it’s simply a mask for pursuing power, as in “I just want to be of public service to as many as possible.” The very idea of a meaningful life today assumes a paying job outside the home. All these notions are sub-Christian in my view. That’s what was behind my comments. It doesn’t strike me that you are subject to these distortions, but others are, and so I write to raise awareness of these issues, directly here, and indirectly in the Galli Report.

      Thanks again. I love getting comments like yours!

      • Janine Dismukes says:

        I would argue the opposite… People think that the man is the privileged one because he obtains the better pay and the better job. I agree that the purpose of feminism is = to have the choice to be equal. Here is where I would argue the opposite. Men and women will never be equal and never can be… and I believe that women are the more privileged, for it is the woman who can bring forth LIFE in her womb. Feeling a living being growing within you is a MIRACLE which no man will never be capable of feeling. And although I wished that my husband could experience that wonder and awe, I am forever grateful that, in this respect, I am God’s favored one. For THERE IS NO GREATER BLESSING THAN LIFE ITSELF!

        • Janine+Dismukes says:

          I would add:
          This is how God meant it to be: The man and the woman compliment each other, complete each other, help each other, fulfill the deficits in the other, so that together they are whole and can serve God completely.

  2. Francisco Giménez says:

    Last article was a profound reflection that invites to meditate seriously on a very relevant issue: the price of the support of Christian denominations to political ideologies very different of Jesus’ thought and behavior. Very brave article. Thanks!

  3. Steve Schulte says:

    The CT Quick to Listen podcast is an excellent resource, my favorite podcast. Following Jesus in our culture. Please keep it up!

  4. Calvin Wayne Fergins, Jr. says:

    Hey,

    First, I need to apologize because I see this is the comment section and not a direct email to you.

    Second, I left a comment yesterday here that came off rude and angry in regard to something you said about William Seymour of Azusa Street. I wrote that on the worst possible day to do it. I apologize for that. I would like to discuss the matter in all charity and civility. Forgive me for coming off angry and hostile. And forgive me for posting it as a comment and not an email…

    • markgalli says:

      Wayne, thanks for the apology, but I’m not sure it was necessary. You make a valid point: if Seymour was racist against whites, I should have noted that this very well could have been a reaction against white racism against blacks, and him in particular. –Mark

  5. Calvin Wayne Fergins, Jr. says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to comment on something that you wrote in Church History magazine on the issue covering Pentecostalism. In your article you accused William Seymour of being racist toward whites later in life as well as his expelling a Hispanic couple(s) from Azusa. I felt that your characterization of him was completely unfair. Seymour limited leadership of Azusa to only black members after dealing with the attempted take over from Parham and Durham. Also, at that point the interracialism of Azusa had, sadly, just about ended. Seymour was worn out with trying to make interracial leadership after years of attacks and take over attempts. In regard to the Hispanics that were expelled, no one is completely sure of what happened as Cecil M. Robeck points out in his book The Azusa Street Mission and Revival. What bothered me the most about what you had to say was that it came off like you were minimizing the racism that Seymour faced by making it seem like he was a racist himself.

  6. Cynthia Long Westfall says:

    I was somewhat distressed to read your analysis of Aaron Renn’s “The History of Church and Men.” You said: “What this means is that either (a) men really are more evil than women, so of course they rebel against the Christian faith more stubbornly, or (b) the church has emphasized aspects of the faith that make it more amenable to women, and thus have made it seem like religion is women’s concern. I suspect the latter because I happen to believe that women are just as wicked as men—no offense intended.” There are far more than two options here. You need to understand the relationship between power and gender (or power and status/race) among other things. How about this: men are attracted to power and control, and much of theology tends to enable that attraction. The church is losing power and control in society (not the fault of women) and therefore seems irrelevant to the goals and aspiration of some men–in fact, cruciformity is opposed to it. Women, on the other hand, are more accustomed to find meaning and purpose in roles without domination–it’s not a question of original sin.

    • markgalli says:

      Cynthia, sorry about the delayed response. You make a good point about women finding meaning in service without domination. I can’t disagree with that! At least that’s my experience of women in my life. I don’t know that all men simply want “power and control” but we often find ourselves in places of authority, which in fact do have a certain amount of power that comes with them. Some let the power go to their heads, but others try to use their authority with care and wisdom.

  7. Bill Morgan says:

    I was born and raised in the Presbyterian Church. At the age 22 I joined the LDS
    Church, I’m now 79. Every month I read CT, Presbyterian Outlook and Christian
    Century and enjoy all three mags. In all three, the editorial slant , as well as the mainline churches are basically liberal, Demo,and Socialistic. That’s the way it has been since the 60’s and probably will not change. Because of this trend, Blacks and Browns will continue to join mainline churches, while the white population will continue to start predominately white non-mainline churches.
    On the left, right now, it’s mantra is hip-hip hooray for the blacks and the gay community, while at the same time the left also wages a hate all things white campaign, esp. white males, white history, white constitution, white forefathers, etc,hoping this will bring more voters into their Demo Party.
    Bye, Bye white, conservative, mainline churches.
    The Deplorables Party elected Mr Trump hoping he would save the Constitution
    and our country as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. The socialists of our country, using the Demo Party as a front, desire to replace the present Constitution with their own arbitrary rules and cultural agenda.
    If the left succeeds, bye-bye America, Bye-bye the Bill of Rights.
    Sincerely yours, Bill Morgan

  8. Jenny Goode says:

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    Hi Mark,

    I’ve been following your book reviews on CT and would like to introduce you to Strong Girls Print, a new imprint of Riverbrook, devoted to empowering young people. To what address can we send an ARC for consideration by CT. The title I have in mind, Cease & Desist, is YAthriller with a powerful Christian theme. Link is above.

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  10. Randy Wilson says:

    Please sign me up for the Galli report. Was recommended by our Minister.
    Thank you
    Randy Wilson

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