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The belief that Mary Magdalene was an adulteress, the wife of Jesus, and a repentant prostitute can be traced back at least as far as the fourth century. Grudem finds Webb's use of the term "patriarchy" to be especially pejorative because of its connotations in modern society. They disagree with Christian Egalitarians on theological positions related to gender,  such as in holding that:. As sponsor of Christopher Columbus ' mission to cross the Atlantic, the Spanish Queen Isabella I Isabella the Catholic of Castille was an important figure in the growth of Catholicism as a global religion, for Spain and Portugal followed Columbus' route to establish vast Empires in the Americas.