Atheists and Fundamentalist Christians are in agreement on one thing: the Apostle Paul was sexist.
His writings, particularly those in the First Epistle to Timothy, have been used by Fundamentalist Christians to justify misogyny and have also been used by atheists to justify the notion that religion is a moral cancer, a blight on 21st-century, post-Enlightenment society.
Both groups are reading the text as if it was written for modern audiences, with modern cultural and moral sensibilities. They’re both simplistic in their interpretation. N.T. Wright is a New Testament Scholar and a former Anglican Bishop.
He has written extensively on Paul and provides the actual historical and cultural context of Paul’s writings.