In many countries, women have been granted equality in law, and we now have women as elected heads of state, judges, professors, managing directors, and army generals. Yet women are still excluded from leadership in many churches. In evangelical churches this exclusion is based on an appeal to the Bible where it is claimed women were set under men in creation before the fall, and thus that their subordination is the God-given ideal.
Many of the most able and well-known evangelical scholars have argued that this is simply a misreading of the Scriptures. The Bible makes the creation-ideal the substantial equality of the sexes, and the subordination of women a consequence of the fall-thus something to be resisted.
In this book, Jacqui Grey discusses the women leaders in the Old Testament; Kevin Giles studies Jesus' teaching and example in relation to women; Anthea McCall imaginatively dialogues with Paul as both a first century and contemporary woman leader; Jim Reiher takes up the contentious issue of Paul and women; Denise Cooper-Clarke explores the question 'Is God masculine?'; and finally, Kevin Giles evaluates the appeal to the Trinity as the ground for the subordination of women and finds it wanting.
Women and Men: One in Christ has been produced by CBE Melbourne, for the CBE International Conference 'Better Together 2017.'
CBE International is an organization that unites those who believe the Bible teaches that ministry and leadership in the church should be gift based, not gender based, and that women should be given equality of opportunity in every sphere of life.
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