Woman as the root of all evil
Tertullian's views on women went further: "The curse God pronounced on your sex still weighs on the world. …You are the devil's gateway…. You are the first that deserted the divine laws. All too easily you destroyed the image of God, Adam. Because you deserved death, it was the son of God who had to die".
St Jerome, the well known Biblical scholar and translator of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate) had a simple view of women. To him "woman is the root of all evil."  Like all the early Christian theologians, Jerome glorified virginity and looked down on marriage. He reasoning, was also rooted in Genesis: "Eve in paradise was a virgin ... understand that virginity is natural and that marriage comes after the Fall." 
Firmilian tells of a woman who went into an ecstasy and came out a prophetess. "That woman who first through marvels or deceptions of the demons did many things to deceive the faithful, among other things... she dared to do this, namely that by an impressive invocation she feigned she was sanctifying bread, and offering a sacrifice to the Lord." 
Women as the weaker sex
John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople at the beginning of the 5th century, said of biblical women that they "were great characters, great women and admirable…. Yet did they in no case outstrip the men, but occupied the second rank" (Epistle to the Ephesians, Homily 13). Commenting on ,
Chrysostom said that "the male sex enjoyed the higher honor. Man was first formed; and elsewhere he shows their superiority…. He wishes the man to have the preeminence in every way." Of women he said that "The woman taught once, and ruined all. On this account therefore he saith, let her not teach. But what is it to other women, that she suffered this? It certainly concerns them; for the sex is weak and fickle, and he is speaking of the sex collectively." (1 Timothy, Homily 9).
Augustine elevated the contempt of women and sex to a level unsurpassed before. To him, women's inferiority to men was so obvious  that he felt that he had to ask the question: "Why was woman created at all". He concluded that woman was created purely for procreation and for nothing else. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise, according to him, was purely the fault of Eve.
Women as creatures of lust
Gregory of Nazianzus, the Bishop of Constantinople had this to say about women, "Fierce is the dragon and cunning the asp; But women have the malice of both."
According to the theologian Origen, women are worse than animals because they are continuously full of lust. Origen does not approve of the sexual act even in marriage and taught that although widowers can remarry, they are by no means crowned for this. He also argued in his commentary on that female prophets never spoke publicly in the assembly.
St. Clement of Alexandria had such a contempt for women that he believed such a feeling must be universal. He wrote, in his book Paedagogus that in women, "the consciousness of their own nature must evoke feelings of shame". He also suggested that women should also fetch from the pantry things that we need.Gregory of Nyssa taught that the sexual act was an outcome of the fall and that marriage is the outcome of sin."
Even the great John Chrysostom was clear, women occupy "the second rank." There is no way to women being ordained presbyters and bishops from a point of view that women occupy the second rank of humanity. It is beholden, I suggest, or, the burden of proof falls on those who still will not admit women to the priesthood and episcopacy, to distance themselves from any thinking that women "occupy the second rank." Conversely, it is worth asking if the church fathers had had a view of women as of the same rank as men, whether they would have admitted women to the orders of the church as they were clarified in that era.
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The inferiority of women in the minds of some Christians is still being played out today in the Western world. Recently the Bristol University Christian Union has made the news for a partial ban on women speaking at their events. In keeping with the thinking of some here, the ban didn't apply if women were accompanied by their husbands. Following uproar the partial ban has been lifted. See here, here, and here. The Times also has reported, as conveyed in our Press today (but no links, as behind paywall). In the Press re-carried article a letter to the Bristol Uni student newspaper is cited, written by 'A True Christian':
"Women shouldn't have the opportunity to speak at meetings due to their inferior relationship with God. Eve was the first sinner and so all women are born with original sin. Therefore they should not try and tarnish the men with this sin and should not be able to teach at meetings." [B4, The Press, 8/12/2012].
Those thoughts are straight from the Church Fathers!!
I am very glad the BUCU has changed its mind and do not agree with 'A True Christian'.
I am very sad that some people in the church today have drawn up a rule (from the historical report of Priscilla and Aquila working together) that women may teach if their husbands are present. There is no such rule in Scripture and we should lay that canard to rest. The BUCU would not have gotten into the messy situation it has been in if it had not accepted this false rule in the first place. (Incidentally, headship means that Priscilla the teacher is as much under the headship of her husband if he is two metres from her when she teaches as when she is two hundred miles from him teaching at a conference: his husbandliness and her wifeliness have nothing to do with geography!)
I put it again, and I feel now I will not cease from doing so: when we interpret Scripture to yield rules which constrain the ministry of women but not of men, even worse when we invoke the Fathers in support, we implicitly subscribe to notions that women ARE inferior to men, because we are accepting that they are a 'class' of humanity that should be constrained when men should not.
This class distinction within humanity should stop: in Sydney, in Rome, in REFORM and in Forward in Faith. To so interpret Scripture is a betrayal of the fundamental truth of the gospel that we men and women are one in Christ (Galatians 3:28), and it is a fundamental misunderstanding that this basic creed only about our baptised life in Christ in general. This basic creed drives a gospel understanding of our life together in Christ in all its dimensions, including ministry and mission.
There is neither inferiority in women as teachers nor inferiority in women as representatives of the God who made them and the Christ who created them nor inferiority in women as sinners compared to men. There are no roles in the life of the church laid down in Scripture for women or men which only one sex may have, save from the biological roles of mother and father.
If it is not obvious that the application of the creed 'equal but different' (which has no actual underlying text in Scripture) results in a plethora of rules for modern church life which are both an incoherent mix and a construction of a 'new Law' for gospel people, then I accept that the creed and its resultant rules will govern large sections of Christianity for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless I put it to all readers here who sincerely and respectfully read Scripture as teaching 'equal but different' that this reading of Scripture has had its day. For those who also see it as a reading commended by Tradition, a massive rethink is needed given the bias of the Church Fathers against women. It is a reading which is bringing the gospel into disrepute. Let us give it a decent burial.