Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?


Wayne Grudem expresses his concern that evangelical feminism, or egalitarianism, is becoming the new path by which evangelicals are being drawn into theological liberalism.

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Wayne Grudem expresses his concern that evangelical feminism, or egalitarianism, is becoming the new path by which evangelicals are being drawn into theological liberalism.

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"Biblical authority is at stake in the debate between complementarianism and egalitarianism-because if you can get egalitarianism from the Bible, you can get anything from the Bible. The weight of Grudem's cumulative argument is considerable, and cannot easily be dismissed."
J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

"While authors and scholars sympathetic to egalitarianism may be loath to consider they may in fact be wrong, Grudem pleads with his readers to reconsider their positions."
Michael Easley, President, Moody Bible Institute

"Wayne Grudem exhibits faithfulness to the biblical revelation and courage in the light of near universal opposition. There is not a more important book to read on the subject than this one."
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"The entire Body of Christ owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Wayne Grudem for his courage in taking on what has become a Goliath within the camp of modern-day evangelicalism."
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

"Wayne Grudem takes a vital stand and encourages us to join him. He tackles the issue firmly and fairly and with the clarity we have come to expect."
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

"However fervently we hope that the answer to this book's question is a resounding no, Grudem furnishes evidence that cannot be lightly dismissed."
Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581347340
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,277,884
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics—According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    A Strong Defense

    I have several friends who've gone to seminary over the years. I grew up in a liberal Quaker church thinking that men and women were created equal and are equally able to be a pastor or leader in the church. In my black and white strong willed mind, I struggled not to disagree with my friends' decisions and many friends who felt (and still feel) it is okay for women to be in pastoral leadership. It was also hard to disagree with what I'd believed for so long to be right.

    What complicated my struggle was the realization that submission in marriage and female pastoral leadership are not salvation issues. So, in the end, do they really matter that much?

    I couldn't shake the feeling that yes, they do matter. They matter quite a lot.

    I just finished reading this excellent book by Wayne Grudem. In the first chapter, Grudem identifies exactly why I've been so concerned about these issues all these years in this quote:

    "this issue of egalitarianism and complementarianism is increasingly acting as the watershed distinguishing those who will accommodate Scripture to culture, and those who will attempt to shape culture by Scripture...there are issues more central to the gospel than gender issues. However, there may be no way the authority of Scripture is being undermined more quickly or more thoroughly in our day than through the hermeneutics of egalitarian readings of the Bible. And when the authority of Scripture is undermined, the gospel will not long be acknowledged." p. 19

    Grudem defines theological liberalism as "a system of thinking that denies the complete truthfulness of the Bible as the Word of God and denies the unique and absolute authority of the Bible in our lives." (p.15) He also defines on the same page evangelical feminism as "a movement that claims there are no unique leadership roles for men in marriage or in the church...(and that) leadership is to be shared between husband and wife according to their gifts and desires."

    It is as much the issues that are concerning as the logic that is used to justify those conclusions. Grudem's book does an excellent and often scholarly job examining the logic evangelical feminists are using to justify their views. He examines the most common arguments as well as many that I'd never heard of. For such a deeply theological book of arguments, it is surprisingly readable. The first few chapters and ending chapters are particularly important reading.

    Grudem mentions that "Francis Schaeffer warned years ago that the first generation of Christians who lead the church astray doctrinally change only one key point in their doctrinal position and change nothing else, so it can seem for a time that the change is not too harmful. But their followers and disciples in the next generation will take the logic of their arguments much further and will advocate much more extensive kinds of error." (p. 20) In the beginning and ending chapters, he gives examples of how what Schaeffer warned about has come to pass in many churches over the years. These examples are interwoven with the chapters.

    In the process of reading so many books over the past three years, I've come to think much more critically about what I read and what I believe. I am thankful that reading this book was able to finally give the biblical support for what I've come to believe about evangelical feminism and the Bible. The first section of the book explains why

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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