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Each view--egalitarian (equal ministerial opportunity for both sexes) and complementarian (ministry roles differentiated by gender)--is represented by a male and a female contributor. The writers all offer thoroughly qualified insights based on careful biblical scholarship and personal experience. At the end of each of the four essays, a brief question-and-answer section provides further clarification. The general editors provide commentary at the conclusion of both hierarchical and egalitarian sections, and in the final appendix editor Craig L. Blomberg supplies thought-provoking insights into how the apostle Paul treats gender roles in his writings.
By furnishing you with current perspectives from both sides of this controversy, Two Views on Women in Ministry helps you draw and support your own informed conclusions.
"Second, there is an acute need for a new (or renewed) commitment to and irenic spirit in this debate. Emotions understandably run high when one discusses whether or not (normally) unchangeable characteristics bequeathed to a person at birth dictate what roles this person can play in ministry. A generation ago it was more common than today for conservative evangelicals to stress the belief that theological decision-making must be founded on the Bible alone, apart from human experience. But some of the early scholarly publications on gender roles in home and church developed a pattern of appealing to personal experiences an unavoidable factor in the positions and attitudes one adopts in this debate. At the popular level, countless Christians have admitted that is was largely their upbringing, their tradition, and their positive or negative experiences with women in ministry, including at the highest levels of leadership, that shaped their views. At the scholarly level, it is far less unusual today to see evangelicals arguing for existential viability as a key criterion for theological decision making, even as scriptural exegesis remains primary...."
"Third, an enormous amount of scholarship has appeared in the last decade on our topic. Much of this material is accessible only to specialists; this volume hopes to make it available to a wider audience. In the 1980s, two books following formats similar to ours provided precisely such comparative studies in gender roles, but in rereading them we are struck by how much has occurred in recent years and how the debates have taken significantly different turns and key points...."