Was Constantine a Sexist?

In his fictitious novel, The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown suggests that of the motives for Constantine's supposed prohibiting of the Gnostic writings was a desire to suppress women in the church. So was Constantine a sexist? Would the addition of the Gnostic writings in the Bible have raised ladies?

Paradoxically, it is the Gnostic Scripture of Thomas that demeans women. It concludes (apparently quoting Peter) with this eye-popping statement: "Let Mary go away from us, because females are not deserving of life". ¹ Then Jesus supposedly informs Peter that he will certainly make Mary into a male so that she may enter the kingdom of heaven. Read: women are inferior. With sentiments like that on display, it's challenging to conceive of the Gnostic writings as being a battle cry for women's freedom.

In raw contrast, the Jesus of the scriptural Gospels constantly dealt with women with self-respect and respect. Revolutionary verses like this one discovered within the New Testament have actually been fundamental to attempts at raising females's condition:

"There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or complimentary, male or female. For you are all Christians-you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28, NLT).

Read more about the Gnostic works and why they were not consisted of in bible in the article Existed a Da Vinci Conspiracy?


¹ Quoted in James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library: The Definitive Translation of the Gnostic Scriptures (HarperCollins, 1990), 138.