A Pilgrim's Catechism
The Occasional Thoughts of a 21st-Century Roman Catholic on Journey
Towards the Reign of God
Albrecht Dürer: Adam and Eve
What is a human being?
That is the question which one correctly poses today. The Baltimore Catechism rather asked the question: What is Man? To which the answer was: Man is a creature composed of body and soul and made in the image and likeness of God.
The definition, one cannot help but notice, immediately excludes the woman, or rather includes the woman but with and under the broader category of man. The ontological inferiority of woman is decided ahead of time by the very question that is asked.
Thus we see how understanding is an ongoing process. Answers, as final statements, are just not possible. Not only final answers but even final questions.