Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Complementarian Arguments

Complementarianism and Same-Sex Friendships

July 26th, 2015

The complementarian ideology that men are designed to lead, and women are designed to submit to male leadership, has many drawbacks, but in this post I highlight just one of them. Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

August 11th, 2014

In this post I have a go at answering these 5 questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres & Distinct Roles in the Trinity & in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

July 10th, 2014

Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»

How to Keep Friends and Influence People

June 21st, 2014

Here are some tips on how to maintain good relationships with Christian family and friends who hold to different, even opposing, views on so-called “gender roles”. Continue reading»

What must a woman do to be saved? (1 Tim. 2:15)

June 23rd, 2013

For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 4)

April 17th, 2013

In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 5)

April 17th, 2013

Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»

Gender Obsessions: Emphasizing our Differences or our Similarities?

April 8th, 2013

An obsession with gender is polarizing the sexes and dividing the Church. Some Christian ministers and ministries seem determined to emphasize gender differences. Adam, however, marvelled at the similarities between man and woman. Continue reading»

A Collection of Articles on the Male Priesthood & Women Ministers

March 25th, 2013

Many Christians have an almost sacramental view of church leaders and of the Sunday morning message. Even many evangelicals believe that only an ordained, priest-like man can preach a sermon from the “hallowed” pulpit. This sacramental view – and the traditions and jargon that goes with it – hinders many people from seeing the possibility that godly women may also teach and preach in congregational settings.

Here are links to a few previously posted articles which look at arguments commonly used to keep women out of church leadership, in particular, arguments that use the idea of a male-only priesthood. Continue reading»

Michael Bird on inconsistent complementarian attitudes to women teachers

February 1st, 2013

I have a few posts on this website about women Bible scholars, translators and commentators and how the acceptance (or rejection) of these women and their ministries varies widely among complementarians. Michael Bird has written a paragraph on the discrepancies between the ideology and practice of some complementarians in allowing women to lead and teach men. I really like what he has to say about this, so I’ve quoted this paragraph in this post. Continue reading»

Do women have rights? A reply to Sarah Bubar

January 28th, 2013

Today on facebook some of my internet friends were discussing an old blog post by Sarah Bubar. I’ve posted a response to the article here because it was too long for a facebook comment. Continue reading»

Role or Rank?

January 14th, 2013

The body of Christ should function as a unity, and not a social hierarchy. [500 words] Continue reading»

Questions about how to interpret and implement 1 Timothy 2:12

October 30th, 2012

Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man in 1 Timothy 2:12 is clear and straightforward in meaning. The various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.

The context and language of 1 Timothy 2:12 raises several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions. It also looks at the implications of taking this verse as a universal and timeless imperative. [2000 words] Continue reading»

Complementarians & Bible Commentaries Written by Women

October 21st, 2012

Complementarians believe that women cannot be pastors and Bible teachers, yet some read Bible commentaries and theological books written by women. How does that work? Continue reading»

The Complementarian Concept of “The Created Order”

October 20th, 2012

In support of their views of male authority and female submission, Complementarians place a great deal of importance on the created order related in Genesis 2:4-25. Continue reading»

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