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Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
     

Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?

by David Blankenhorn, David Clairmont, Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Don Browning
 

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ISBN-10: 0802821715

ISBN-13: 9780802821713

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

This is not just another book on the perennial issue of male headship. In contrast to those many who regard Christianity as the great source of male domination, this book argues that authentic Christianity does not teach that husbands have spiritual superiority over their wives, and its authors listen to and engage voices that still claim that it does. Written by

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This is not just another book on the perennial issue of male headship. In contrast to those many who regard Christianity as the great source of male domination, this book argues that authentic Christianity does not teach that husbands have spiritual superiority over their wives, and its authors listen to and engage voices that still claim that it does. Written by distinguished Protestant and Roman Catholic scholars, the book first demonstrates how deep strands of the Christian tradition have always taught an ethic of gender mutuality, sowing the seeds for what is today called the "equal-regard marriage." Though patriarchy was pervasive in the ancient world surrounding early Christianity and sometimes influenced the church, new research shows that the earliest layers of Christianity both resisted and worked to transform it. Not every author in the book agrees with this point of view; dissenters have their say too. As a whole, "Does Christianity Teach Male Headship? constitutes a robust debate that, finally, invites readers to decide.Contributors: David BlankenhornDon BrowningLisa Sowle CahillAllan C. CarlsonDaniel Mark CereMaggie GallagherW. Robert GodfreyBonnie Miller-McLemoreJohn W. MillerCarolyn OsiekMary Stewart Van LeeuwenJohn Witte Jr.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802821713
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Religion, Marriage and the Family Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Series Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionx
Part IEqual Regard
1.The Problem of Men3
2.Is Equal Regard in the Bible?13
3.Did Early Christians Teach, or Merely Assume, Male Headship?23
4.Male Headship: Reform of the Protestant Tradition28
5.The Feminist Pope40
6.A Feminist Christian Theologian Looks (Askance) at Headship49
Part IIIts Critics
7.The Problem of Men, Reconsidered65
8.The Problem of Protestants74
9.Headship and the Bible82
10.Marriage, Subordination, and the Development of Christian Doctrine92
11.Reflections on Headship111
Reflections on the Debate126
Contributors139

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