“As Ruden says, ‘Paul was not a 20th-century feminist . . . but [modern women are] the beneficiaries of a very long list of reforms. [And] Paul, I think, got all that started.’
To understand why that’s the case, it helps to remember that much of the sexual activity Michael Kruger refers to was far from-consensual. It was little more than ‘institutionalized violence,’ which included ‘the rape of slaves, prostitution, and violence against wives and children.’
Paul’s denunciation of the sexual mores of his time was a part of his larger message ‘of all people being sacred children of God’ and an expression of outrage at how they were being treated.
In other words, it was a message of true freedom.”