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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Summer 2010

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

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The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

emotion & reason

Summer 2010

Volume: 17 | Number: 2

Emotion and Reason

The western bias against emotion and towards reason is often weaponized against women. This issue of Mutuality shows how this bias lacks a biblical basis and discusses the importance of emotion.


Rational and Emotional Faith
By: Megan Greulich | June 5, 2010
Shiphrah and Puah are two of the many, many biblical examples of women who acted bravely and rationally, contrary to the popular stereotype that women are emotional beings (and men are not).

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Is it “All Greek” to the Church?
By: Mimi Haddad | June 5, 2010
How ancient Greek philosophy has influenced the church’s teaching on gender

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Are Men More Rational and Women More Emotional?
By: Alvera Mickelsen | June 5, 2010
If we read the Bible without preconceived ideas about “roles” that men and women should play on this earth, we can begin to see its true teaching. Unfortunately, most of us have been brought up with predetermined concepts of what the Bible says that men and women should be like and in what ways they [...]

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Judith: Heroine of the Israelites
By: Cristina S. Richie | June 5, 2010
The book of Judith depicts one such woman of faith, who is as chaste and shrewd as she is beautiful. Judith uses her superficial charms as a gateway to her gallant actions, which save her people and exemplify her trust in Yahweh.

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What Makes a Man Masculine in God’s Eyes?
By: William David Spencer | June 5, 2010
God’s ideal men and women take their faith seriously, seek out the Bible’s righteous models, and know how to employ authority and to submit to authority according to gifts and tasks.

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Lessons From the Bible
By: Susan McCoubrie, Jo Ellen Heil | June 5, 2010
Do you make choices with your head or heart? In the kingdom of God, the fruit of the Spirit encompasses both emotion and reason, as people throughout the Bible learned when they followed God’s call.

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Weathering the Storm
By: Cynthia Mitchell | June 5, 2010
Several years ago, I began to have gnawing questions about the biblical accuracy of the doctrine of female submission. The questions simply would not abate until I studied the issue for myself. 

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Moving out of Captivity
By: Mimi Haddad | June 5, 2010
We must educate women and men that they are human and Christian before they are male or female, rich or poor, black or white, and so forth. This is the teaching of Scripture, and we are stronger in our service when we embrace our renewal in Christ above all else.

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Love & War: Finding Your Way to Something Beautiful in Your Marriage
By: Hollie Baker-Lutz | June 5, 2010
In Love & War, the Eldredges attribute the "absurdity of marriage" to innate gender discrepancies. Men and women are so fundamentally different, they assert, that it is no wonder that few can make it work.

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