Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society

Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society

by Rachel Green Miller

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Overview

Is it appropriate for a man to read a theological book written by a woman? Is a husband supposed to control his wife so she won’t dominate him? Is a wife’s chief purpose to help her husband achieve his goals? Should a woman earn a college degree, work outside the home, or be in a position of authority in a mixed workplace?

Why are we asking these questions? Theologically conservative Christians want to embrace a biblical understanding of women and men, but the beliefs of Greeks, Romans, and Victorians have had undue influence on contemporary teaching. Damaging ideas and a narrow focus have created confusion for men and women alike.

Rachel Green Miller believes that the dynamics of authority and submission are part of the biblical picture—but they aren’t the whole picture. As she examines and corrects conservative teaching on gender, she draws out equally important themes in Scripture that will strengthen our relationship as co-laborers in the kingdom of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629956114
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2019
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 668,045
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rachel Green Miller is a wife, mom, and popular blogger who is passionate about elevating the dignity of women, improving the cultural conversation about gender relations, and defending orthodox Christianity.

Table of Contents

Foreword Aimee Byrd 7

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

Part 1 A Lens for Our Relationships

1 "Mutuality of Respect and Love" 21

What Are Authority and Submission?

2 "Hand in Hand, Eye to Eye, Heart in Heart" 35

Unity, Interdependence, and Service

Part 2 Women and Men in History

3 "The General Inferiority of the Female Sex" 47

Women and Men in Greco-Roman Society

4 "The Angel in the House" 61

Women and Men in the Victorian Era

5 "Votes for Women and Chastity for Men" 77

The First-Wave Feminist Movement

6 "The 1960s' Women's Movement Was Hijacked" 89

Later Feminism and the Conservative Christian Response

Part 3 The Nature of Women and Men

7 "She Was Not His Equal" 105

Prevalent Teaching on the Nature of Women and Men

8 "She Girds Herself with Strength" 123

The Bible on the Nature of Women

9 "Let Your Gentle Spirit Be Known to All" 139

The Bible on the Nature of Men

Part 4 Women and Men in Marriage

10 "King in His Home" 153

Prevalent Teaching on Marriage

11 "A True Friend" 167

The Bible on Marriage

12 "Bringing Marriage Back to Earth" 179

Applying Biblical Truths to Marriage

Part 5 Women and Men in Church

13 "Masculine Piety" 193

Prevalent Teaching on Women and Men in the Church

14 "Not Second-Class Citizens" 205

The Bible on Women and the Church

15 "Rediscover the Ministry That Christ Has Ordained" 217

What Male Ordination Does and Doesn't Mean

Part 6 Women and Men in Society

16 "God-Ordained Social Roles" 229

Prevalent Teaching on Women and Men in Society

17 "The Daughters of Zelophehad Are Right" 243

The Bible on Women and Men in Society

Conclusion 255

Select Bibliography 261

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