Q & A

In what century or decade did Evangelicals formally embrace the spiritual equality between men and women: 

 

A)      A.D. 153

B)      The third century

C)      The 1980s

D)      The 1860s

 

For all you history buffs – and others –  the correct answer is C) The 1980s.

 

The first group to do so was Christians for Biblical Equality, in 1987 with their statement, “Men, Women and Biblical Equality.”  The second was “The Danvers Statement” in 1988.

 

Does that seem a little curious?  That women were largely viewed as spiritually inadequate or inferior to men until the 1980s?

 

— Our discussion on this topic continues next week.  See ya soon.  —

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2 Responses

  1. I’m not sure about your claim about the spiritual equality of men and women in Evangelicalism. On what do you base it?

    I would think that the Apostle Paul himself argued quite forcefully for the spiritual equality of everyone before God in his letter to the Church at Galatia (among other places).

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding your claim. I’ll be waiting for your further thoughts. Thanks.

  2. This is a good comment and a good question.

    Are Paul’s arguments in Galatians (and elsewhere) on this topic accurately, adequately or well reflected in most churches and/or ministries today?

    For more on this topic, check out:

    http://www.cbeinternational.org/new/free_articles/strange_bedfellows.shtml.

    http://www.cbmw.org/Danvers

    Also check out:

    Christians for Biblical Equality: Biblical Equality 101

    The Gender Issue is Too Divisive, by Alvera Mickelsen

    Affirming and Celebrating the Gift of Gender, by Jean Bearden and Lorie Schleck

    An Examination of the Seven Pillars on Which the Case for the Permanent Subordination of Women Stands, by Kevin Giles presented at the 2006 Evangelical Theological Society’s Annual Meeting

    Seven Step for Bringing Biblical Equality to Your Church

    Ten Lies the Church Tells Women, by J. Lee Grady

    The Bible and Gender Equality, by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

    The Biblical Basis for Women’s Service in the Church, by N.T. Wright

    What is Biblical Equality? by Alan G. Padgett

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