It is commonly repeated that the Christian faith contributes to the good of all. All the downsides are in the past.
Most days, there are articles on conservative sites extolling the virtues of male dominance. The man of the house is to be the main decision maker and interpret scripture to the rest of the family.
This ancient thinking must surely be the source of some divorces and abuse. If a child is taught this by his/her father and mother, we can expect it to prevail.
Let’s imagine a young married man who loses his job and sits at home bummed out. He starts thinking a new bass boat would cheer him up. His wife disagrees. They have an argument.
The husband plays the trump card. He is the only one in the house authorized to determine what God wants for them. God wants him to have the boat.
No matter what is said by the church on behalf of women, if only the man is given power to channel God, nothing else matters.
Ground zero of literal interpretation of the Bible is the Bible Belt. It has a much higher rate of domestic abuse than elsewhere.
While more enlightened parts of the faith can say portions of the Bible proclaiming male dominance should be ignored, it doesn’t stop the damage. It’s not possible to teach a hundred million people Biblical nuances.
Proclaiming any part of the Bible to be the ultimate truth opens the door to spousal abuse.