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Two Views on Women in Ministry (Counterpoints Series)

Two Views on Women in Ministry (Counterpoints Series)

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This revised and strengthened edition presents two essays representing the egalitarian and the complementarian/hierarchical views of women and ministry.

What does the Bible say about women's roles in the Church? With pros and cons on either side of a heated, ongoing debate, no definitive conclusions have emerged. This book furnishes you with a clear and thorough presentation of the two primary views on women in ministry so you can better understand each one's strengths, weaknesses, and complexities. Each view - egalitarian (equal ministry opportunity for both genders) and complementarian (ministry roles differentiated by gender) - is represented by two contributors. This revised edition of the book brings the exchange of ideas and perspectives into the traditional Counterpoints format. Each author states his or her case and is then critiqued by the other contributors. The fair-minded, interactive Counterpoints forum allows you to compare and contrast the two different positions, and to form your own opinion concerning the practical and often deeply personal issue of women in ministry. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Exploring Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series. 368 pages, from Zondervan.


- Publisher Two Views on Women in Ministry-Revised EditionCopyright 2001, 2005 by James R. BeckRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataTwo views on women in ministry / Linda L. Belleville . . . [et al.] ; general editor,James R. Beck.-2nd ed.p. cm.- (Counterpoints)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-10: 0-310-25437-X (softcover)ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25437-91. Women clergy. I. Belleville, Linda L. II. Beck, James R. III. Series:Counterpoints (Grand Rapids, Mich.)BV676.T96 2005262''.14''082-dc22 2005008670All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible:Today''s New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by InternationalBible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations in Thomas R. Schreiner''s essay are taken from the New AmericanStandard Bible, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, withoutthe prior permission of the publisher.Printed in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Chapter OneWOMEN IN MINISTRY:AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVELinda L. BellevilleWOMEN IN MINISTRY:AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVELinda L. BellevilleOne of the continuing hotbeds of debate in evangelical circlestoday is the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women inthe church. Can a woman preach God''s word? Can she serve communion,baptize, or lead in worship? Can she marry and bury?Can she serve as the lead or solo pastor? Can she teach an adultBible class? Can she serve as a bishop, elder, or deacon? Can sheput "Reverend" or "Doctor" before her name?These are the questions with which numerous churches inthe last fifty years have struggled and over which some havedivided. In large part this has been due to the absence of anymiddle ground. The issues and terms have been defined so asto force a choice either wholly for or wholly against women inleadership. The interpretive approach of traditionalists, in particular,has been notably selective. The focus has been on one ortwo highly debated passages (first and foremost, 1 Tim. 2:11-15), with little acknowledgment of the roles of women in Scriptureas a whole.What about today? Has any middle ground been reached?What currently separates the traditionalist and egalitarian? Asrecently as two decades ago the polarity was vast. It was notuncommon to hear evangelicals talking about a woman''s flawed,self-deceived nature or her secondary creation in God''s image,which ruled out any leadership role for her in the church.2 Nowthere are very few who would go this far, and most who thoughtthis way in the past have changed their minds.What accounts for the change? It is not that a biblical consensushas emerged, for traditionalists still claim that theirs isthe "Christ-honoring, Bible-believing perspective" and that theegalitarian''s perspective is the "liberal, culturally acceptableview." The primary impetus is actually social in nature. Thefeminist movement and economic pressures have catapultedwomen into the workplace, where they have shown themselvesto be equally talented, wise, and levelheaded-so that whereastwenty-five years ago only young adult males were challengedwith the slogan "Uncle Sam wants you," today women and menalike are encouraged to "be all that you can be."To a great extent evangelicals have followed suit. There isnow general agreement that women possess exactly the samespiritual gifts men do and are to be encouraged to develop andexercise these gifts to their fullest potential. In effect, women areurged to "be all that they can be spiritually." Acase in point is arecent cata

- Publisher Two Views on Women in Ministry-Revised Edition Copyright 2001, 2005 by James R. Beck Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Two views on women in ministry / Linda L. Belleville . . . [et al.] ; general editor, James R. Beck.-2nd ed. p. cm.- (Counterpoints) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25437-X (softcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25437-9 1. Women clergy. I. Belleville, Linda L. II. Beck, James R. III. Series: Counterpoints (Grand Rapids, Mich.) BV676.T96 2005 262'.14'082-dc22 2005008670 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: Today's New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations in Thomas R. Schreiner's essay are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chapter One WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville One of the continuing hotbeds of debate in evangelical circles today is the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women in the church. Can a woman preach God's word? Can she serve communion, baptize, or lead in worship? Can she marry and bury? Can she serve as the lead or solo pastor? Can she teach an adult Bible class? Can she serve as a bishop, elder, or deacon? Can she put "Reverend" or "Doctor" before her name? These are the questions with which numerous churches in the last fifty years have struggled and over which some have divided. In large part this has been due to the absence of any middle ground. The issues and terms have been defined so as to force a choice either wholly for or wholly against women in leadership. The interpretive approach of traditionalists, in particular, has been notably selective. The focus has been on one or two highly debated passages (first and foremost, 1 Tim. 2:11- 15), with little acknowledgment of the roles of women in Scripture as a whole. What about today? Has any middle ground been reached? What currently separates the traditionalist and egalitarian? As recently as two decades ago the polarity was vast. It was not uncommon to hear evangelicals talking about a woman's flawed, self-deceived nature or her secondary creation in God's image, which ruled out any leadership role for her in the church.2 Now there are very few who would go this far, and most who thought this way in the past have changed their minds. What accounts for the change? It is not that a biblical consensus has emerged, for traditionalists still claim that theirs is the "Christ-honoring, Bible-believing perspective" and that the egalitarian's perspective is the "liberal, culturally acceptable view." The primary impetus is actually social in nature. The feminist movement and economic pressures have catapulted women into the workplace, where they have shown themselves to be equally talented, wise, and levelheaded-so that whereas twenty-five years ago only young adult males were challenged with the slogan "Uncle Sam wants you," today women and men alike are encouraged to "be a

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This revised and strengthened edition presents two essays representing the egalitarian and the complementarian/hierarchical views of women and ministry.

What does the Bible say about women's roles in the Church? With pros and cons on either side of a heated, ongoing debate, no definitive conclusions have emerged. This book furnishes you with a clear and thorough presentation of the two primary views on women in ministry so you can better understand each one's strengths, weaknesses, and complexities. Each view - egalitarian (equal ministry opportunity for both genders) and complementarian (ministry roles differentiated by gender) - is represented by two contributors. This revised edition of the book brings the exchange of ideas and perspectives into the traditional Counterpoints format. Each author states his or her case and is then critiqued by the other contributors. The fair-minded, interactive Counterpoints forum allows you to compare and contrast the two different positions, and to form your own opinion concerning the practical and often deeply personal issue of women in ministry. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Exploring Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series. 368 pages, from Zondervan.

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Two Views on Women in Ministry-Revised EditionCopyright 2001, 2005 by James R. BeckRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataTwo views on women in ministry / Linda L. Belleville . . . [et al.] ; general editor,James R. Beck.-2nd ed.p. cm.- (Counterpoints)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-10: 0-310-25437-X (softcover)ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25437-91. Women clergy. I. Belleville, Linda L. II. Beck, James R. III. Series:Counterpoints (Grand Rapids, Mich.)BV676.T96 2005262''.14''082-dc22 2005008670All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible:Today''s New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by InternationalBible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations in Thomas R. Schreiner''s essay are taken from the New AmericanStandard Bible, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, withoutthe prior permission of the publisher.Printed in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Chapter OneWOMEN IN MINISTRY:AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVELinda L. BellevilleWOMEN IN MINISTRY:AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVELinda L. BellevilleOne of the continuing hotbeds of debate in evangelical circlestoday is the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women inthe church. Can a woman preach God''s word? Can she serve communion,baptize, or lead in worship? Can she marry and bury?Can she serve as the lead or solo pastor? Can she teach an adultBible class? Can she serve as a bishop, elder, or deacon? Can sheput "Reverend" or "Doctor" before her name?These are the questions with which numerous churches inthe last fifty years have struggled and over which some havedivided. In large part this has been due to the absence of anymiddle ground. The issues and terms have been defined so asto force a choice either wholly for or wholly against women inleadership. The interpretive approach of traditionalists, in particular,has been notably selective. The focus has been on one ortwo highly debated passages (first and foremost, 1 Tim. 2:11-15), with little acknowledgment of the roles of women in Scriptureas a whole.What about today? Has any middle ground been reached?What currently separates the traditionalist and egalitarian? Asrecently as two decades ago the polarity was vast. It was notuncommon to hear evangelicals talking about a woman''s flawed,self-deceived nature or her secondary creation in God''s image,which ruled out any leadership role for her in the church.2 Nowthere are very few who would go this far, and most who thoughtthis way in the past have changed their minds.What accounts for the change? It is not that a biblical consensushas emerged, for traditionalists still claim that theirs isthe "Christ-honoring, Bible-believing perspective" and that theegalitarian''s perspective is the "liberal, culturally acceptableview." The primary impetus is actually social in nature. Thefeminist movement and economic pressures have catapultedwomen into the workplace, where they have shown themselvesto be equally talented, wise, and levelheaded-so that whereastwenty-five years ago only young adult males were challengedwith the slogan "Uncle Sam wants you," today women and menalike are encouraged to "be all that you can be."To a great extent evangelicals have followed suit. There isnow general agreement that women possess exactly the samespiritual gifts men do and are to be encouraged to develop andexercise these gifts to their fullest potential. In effect, women areurged to "be all that they can be spiritually." Acase in point is arecent cata
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Two Views on Women in Ministry-Revised Edition Copyright 2001, 2005 by James R. Beck Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Two views on women in ministry / Linda L. Belleville . . . [et al.] ; general editor, James R. Beck.-2nd ed. p. cm.- (Counterpoints) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25437-X (softcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25437-9 1. Women clergy. I. Belleville, Linda L. II. Beck, James R. III. Series: Counterpoints (Grand Rapids, Mich.) BV676.T96 2005 262'.14'082-dc22 2005008670 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: Today's New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations in Thomas R. Schreiner's essay are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chapter One WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville One of the continuing hotbeds of debate in evangelical circles today is the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women in the church. Can a woman preach God's word? Can she serve communion, baptize, or lead in worship? Can she marry and bury? Can she serve as the lead or solo pastor? Can she teach an adult Bible class? Can she serve as a bishop, elder, or deacon? Can she put "Reverend" or "Doctor" before her name? These are the questions with which numerous churches in the last fifty years have struggled and over which some have divided. In large part this has been due to the absence of any middle ground. The issues and terms have been defined so as to force a choice either wholly for or wholly against women in leadership. The interpretive approach of traditionalists, in particular, has been notably selective. The focus has been on one or two highly debated passages (first and foremost, 1 Tim. 2:11- 15), with little acknowledgment of the roles of women in Scripture as a whole. What about today? Has any middle ground been reached? What currently separates the traditionalist and egalitarian? As recently as two decades ago the polarity was vast. It was not uncommon to hear evangelicals talking about a woman's flawed, self-deceived nature or her secondary creation in God's image, which ruled out any leadership role for her in the church.2 Now there are very few who would go this far, and most who thought this way in the past have changed their minds. What accounts for the change? It is not that a biblical consensus has emerged, for traditionalists still claim that theirs is the "Christ-honoring, Bible-believing perspective" and that the egalitarian's perspective is the "liberal, culturally acceptable view." The primary impetus is actually social in nature. The feminist movement and economic pressures have catapulted women into the workplace, where they have shown themselves to be equally talented, wise, and levelheaded-so that whereas twenty-five years ago only young adult males were challenged with the slogan "Uncle Sam wants you," today women and men alike are encouraged to "be a
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Meet the Authors

James R Beck (Ed)

James R. Beck (Ph.D., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including Jesus and Personality Theory, Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women, The Psychology of Paul: A Fresh Look at His Life and Teaching and The Human Person in Theology and Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century .

Stanley Gundry (Ed)

Stanley N. Gundry is senior vice president and editor-in-chief of the book group at Zondervan. With more than thirty-five years of teaching, pastoring, and publishing experience, he is the author or coauthor of numerous books and a contributor to numerous periodicals.

Thomas R Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He serves as Associated Dean of the School of Theology.
Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including, Romans, in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Serieson the New Testament; Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15; Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude.
Dr. Schreiner was educated at Western Oregon University (B.S.) Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (M.Div.; Th.M.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).

Craig S Keener

Craig S. Keener (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern University. He is also the author of many books, including commentaries on Matthew; John; Revelation (New International Version Application Commentary); The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts: Divine Purity and Power; Paul, Women, and Wives: Marriage and Womens Ministry in the Letters of Paul and And Marries Another: Divorce and Remarriage in the Teaching of the New Testament.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Craig L Blomberg

Dr. Craig Blomberg (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, before joining the faculty he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.

In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopaedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Matthew (New American Commentary series), 1 Corinthians (NIV Application Commentary series), Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Posessions, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and Contagious Holiness: Jesus Meals with Sinners.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Linda L Belleville

Dr. Linda Belleville, (Ph.D., St. Michael's College, University of Toronto) is Professor of New Testament at Bethel College, Indiana. After graduating she served on staff with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and taught piano at the Cleveland Music Settlement and Chicago's Jack Benny Center of the Performing Arts. Prior to coming to Bethel College, she taught religion and theology at Calvin College and biblical studies at North Park College and Theological Seminary.

Professor Belleville is a translator for Tyndale House's The New Living Translation, and she is the author of Reflections of Glory: Paul's Polemical Use of the Moses-Doxa Tradition in 2 Corinthians 3.1-18 (JSNTS 52, Sheffield Academic Press); Women Leaders & the Church: 3 Crucial Questions (Baker); 2 Corinthians (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series); 1 Timothy (Cornerstone Commentary series), and Philippians (New Covenant Commentary).
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Abbreviations...7
  • Introduction: James R. Beck...15
  • 1. Women In Ministry:
  • An Egalitarian Perspective
  • Linda L. Belleville...19
  • Responses
  • Thomas R. Schreiner...105
  • Craig S. Keener...110
  • Craig L. Blomberg...115
  • 2. Women In Ministry:
  • A Complementarian Perspective
  • Craig L. Blomberg...121
  • Responses
  • Craig S. Keener...185
  • Thomas R. Schreiner...190
  • Linda L. Belleville...194
  • 3. Women In Ministry:
  • Another Egalitarian Perspective
  • Craig S. Keener...203
  • Responses
  • Craig L. Blomberg...249
  • Linda L. Belleville...254
  • Thomas R. Schreiner...258
  • 4. Women In Ministry:
  • Another Complementarian Perspective
  • Thomas R. Schreiner...263
  • Responses
  • Linda L. Belleville...323
  • Craig L. Blomberg...332
  • Craig S. Keener...337
  • Conclusion: James R. Beck...343
  • About The Contributors...345
  • Scripture Index...347
  • Subject Index...355

Excerpt

Excerpt from: Two Views on Women in Ministry (Counterpoints Series)

Chapter One WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville WOMEN IN MINISTRY: AN EGALITARIAN PERSPECTIVE Linda L. Belleville One of the continuing hotbeds of debate in evangelical circles today is the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women in the church. Can a woman preach God's word? Can she serve communion, baptize, or lead in worship? Can she marry and bury? Can she serve as the lead or solo pastor? Can she teach an adult Bible class? Can she serve as a bishop, elder, or deacon? Can she put 'Reverend' or 'Doctor' before her name? These are the questions with which numerous churches in the last fifty years have struggled and over which some have divided. In large part this has been due to the absence of any middle ground. The issues and terms have been defined so as to force a choice either wholly for or wholly against women in leadership. The interpretive approach of traditionalists, in particular, has been notably selective. The focus has been on one or two highly debated passages (first and foremost, 1 Tim. 2:11-- 15), with little acknowledgment of the roles of women in Scripture as a whole. What about today? Has any middle ground been reached? What currently separates the traditionalist and egalitarian? As recently as two decades ago the polarity was vast. It was not uncommon to hear evangelicals talking about a woman's flawed, self-deceived nature or her secondary creation in God's image, which ruled out any leadership role for her in the church.2 Now there are very few who would go this far, and most who thought this way in the past have changed their minds. What accounts for the change? It is not that a biblical consensus has emerged, for traditionalists still claim that theirs is the 'Christ-honoring, Bible-believing perspective' and that the egalitarian's perspective is the 'liberal, culturally acceptable view.' The primary impetus is actually social in nature. The feminist movement and economic pressures have catapulted women into the workplace, where they have shown themselves to be equally talented, wise, and levelheaded---so that whereas twenty-five years ago only young adult males were challenged with the slogan 'Uncle Sam wants you,' today women and men alike are encouraged to 'be all that you can be.' To a great extent evangelicals have followed suit. There is now general agreement that women possess exactly the same spiritual gifts men do and are to be encouraged to develop and exercise these gifts to their fullest potential. In effect, women are urged to 'be all that they can be spiritually.' Acase in point is a recent catalog statement from one of America's largest and most conservative evangelical seminaries: 'As members of the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and leaders in the church of our Lord, we recognize that God has given his gifts to both men and women in the body of Christ,' and 'It is our goal that each woman be encouraged and receive the training she needs to be fully prepared for future ministry.' So the issue that divides traditionalists (now self-identified as 'complementarians') and egalitarians today is not that of women in ministry per se (i.e., women exercising their spiritual gifts). It is rather women in leadership, for while a consensus has emerged regarding women and spiritual gifting, a great divide has emerged on the issue of women in leadership---especially women leading men. What accounts for the great divide? The patriarchal structures that were in place in the American workplace thirty years ago have been replaced by an ethic of gender equality---in theory, if not always in practice. Here, however, evangelicals have not generally followed suit. While mainline denominations have embraced gender equality, evangelical churches by and large have not. It is the rare evangelical church that has a woman in its pulpit on Sunday morning, a woman as lead pastor, a female chairperson or chief elder of its council, or a female teacher of its adult Bible classes. It is also the uncommon evangelical denomination that ordains women, installs women in key administrative positions, or appoints women to governing boards. The reason for this state of affairs is not hard to pinpoint: the relationship of male and female continues to be perceived in hierarchical ways. God created men to lead; God created women to follow. It is this that fundamentally differentiates a traditionalist from an egalitarian today. This distinction has become highly politicized. Councils are formed, supporters are sought, newsletters are generated, speaker bureaus are created, business meetings are held, and funds are solicited. For example, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) was formed and the Danvers Statement formulated in 1987 in reaction to the egalitarian view espoused by participants at the 'Evangelical Colloquium on Women and the Bible' held on October 9--11, 1984, in Oak Brook, Illinois. Moreover, there is little room for dialogue on the issue. Only the publications that fully follow the party line are referenced. Bible translations are judged by the presence or absence of gender-inclusive language. Books are either wholly in or wholly out.11 And organizations, denominations, and churches are either entirely affirmed (e.g., Southern Baptist Convention, Presbyterian Church in America, Bethlehem Baptist Church) or completely rejected (e.g., InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), Fuller Seminary, Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.], United Methodist Church, Willow Creek Community Church).12 Invariably the debate between egalitarians and traditionalists comes down to four basic questions: Does the Bible teach a hierarchical structuring of male and female relationships? Do we find women in leadership positions in the Bible? Do women in the Bible assume the same leadership roles as men? Does the Bible limit women from filling certain leadership roles?

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